In his rookie campaign lasts season, Los Angeles Lakers stud Lonzo Ball showed the entire basketball world why he deserved the second overall pick in the Draft. Now entering his sophomore year, Ball seems primed to take his game a step further.
Ball’s debut season was cut short by a knee injury that caused him to sit out the last remaining weeks of the regular season. However, it appears that his recovery is going far better than expected.
Ball was initially expected to brought back slowly into the mix, but the former number two pick in the 2017 NBA draft was reportedly up to speed during the Lakers training camp.
His new Lakers teammate LeBron James, was pleasantly surprised and impressed with how good Lonzo looked, that it seemed like he didn’t even have surgery.
“I didn’t know he was gonna be full go so fast,” James said in a report by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN after the Lakers’ practice Saturday. “He’s been going through live drills the last 2½ days. His bounce is there. His speed is there.”
“So I don’t even know if he even had surgery.”
His coach Luke Walton was also impressed with how fast Lonzo is recovering.
“Coach Luke Walton said he was ‘shocked how good he looked’ over the previous few days as far as his feel, considering he hadn’t played since his rookie season ended in April.”
However, the Lakers will proceed to be patient with Ball following surgery, as initially planned. The second year guard is slated to come off the bench to start the season, with veteran guard Rajon Rondo taking over starting point guard duties, in an effort to bring back the former UCLA stand out slowly.
While Ball has been impressive in practice, he will still not suit up for the Lakers’ first pre-season game on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. His status for their season opener on October 18 against the Portland Trail Blazers is still questionable.