Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic debridement of his left knee and will be re-examined in four to six weeks, the team said Wednesday.
The operation is scheduled for next Wednesday in Los Angeles – the procedure will come eight months after a first knee operation in January to repair a torn meniscus.
Ball has not played a game since January 14. Before the surgery in January, the team announced a six- to eight-week recovery schedule, but the discomfort in his left knee persisted throughout the rehab process as he attempts to ramp up basketball activity.
It sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, but the pain lingered throughout the summer while Ball was rehabilitating in Los Angeles.
It is the third time in his career that Ball, who will turn 25 in October, will have surgery on his left knee – he had another operation in July 2018 while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers but returned to training camp in time . Debridement is a procedure to remove damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound.
The Bulls begin training camp next week in Chicago and open the regular season Oct. 19 in Miami. Ball’s surgery will sideline him until at least the end of October, but the team say he is not to be re-evaluated until then, so it’s unclear when he can return to the pitch.
In his first season at Chicago after signing a four-year, $80 million contract, Ball averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 42% from 3 in 35 games.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34637884/chicago-bulls-guard-lonzo-ball-undergo-arthroscopic-surgery-left-knee-los-angeles Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic surgery on left knee in Los Angeles