Bulls' Lonzo Ball Set To Miss Entire 2023-24 NBA Season Due To Knee Injury

Photo: Instagram/Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball of the Chicago Bulls is set to sit out the entire 2023-24 NBA season as he continues his recovery from multiple knee operations.

The talented guard has not seen action since January 14, 2022, having undergone three surgeries on his left knee within a span of just over a year.

Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Bulls, Arturas Karnisovas, confirmed the team's decision, stating that while they remain optimistic, the expectation is that Ball will not be able to return next season. 

Photo: Instagram/Lonzo Ball

The Bulls have no intention of waiving Ball, who signed an $80 million contract with the team in 2021. Expressing hope for Ball's eventual return, Karnisovas acknowledged that it is unlikely to happen in the upcoming season. 

The point guard's absence has been due to a perplexing knee injury, with his most recent surgery being a cartilage transplant in March.

Despite the frustration, Ball remains determined to rejoin his teammates on the court. He expressed gratitude for the support he has received from his family, friends, fans, and medical staff throughout his recovery, emphasizing his eagerness to return to the sport he loves.

The series of setbacks began in January 2022 when Ball underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, initially expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

In September 2022, he underwent another procedure known as arthroscopic debridement, delaying his return and causing him to miss the start of the 2022-23 season.

In February 2023, the Bulls officially ruled Ball out for the remainder of that season. Ball, who was the second overall draft pick in 2017, joined the Bulls ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Prior to his injury, he displayed impressive performances, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists over 35 games in the 2020-21 season.

The Bulls are hopeful that Ball will make a full recovery and eventually showcase his skills on the basketball court once again, but his absence for the entire 2023-24 season is a significant blow to the team's lineup.

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Source: NBA


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