Chicago Bulls’ Lonzo Ball can’t run, jump without pain as 2nd knee surgery of 2022 looms

CHICAGO — After spending the summer in Los Angeles and getting mixed opinions from knee specialists, Bulls guard Lonzo Ball said he still can’t run or jump without experiencing pain in his left knee, prompting him to undergo another arthroscopy knee surgery on Wednesday.

“There was a point where we were warming up and stuff, and I would go through certain days and it would be fine,” Ball said during a video call with reporters on Tuesday. “Then when I got to actual basketball activities, I just couldn’t do it. Unfortunately, this is what is at hand and needs to be dealt with. Again, we believe surgery is the best option.”

The Bulls held their first team practice session of the season Tuesday afternoon while Ball was in LA to prepare for his second left knee surgery since January and the third of his career — including a procedure in 2018 when he was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers played. Ball said he will return to Chicago to be with the team for his rehab after surgery.

“This is my third surgery for me, so I really don’t want to rush things this time,” he said.

The Bulls said Ball is due to be re-evaluated in four to six weeks after his surgery, but both the team and Ball have been reluctant to set a timeline for his return this season. However, Ball didn’t think his knee would cause him to miss the entire campaign.

“I’m not thinking about that right now, but that would be the worst case scenario,” Ball said. “I’ve gotten to a point now where I know I can’t get out of there until I’m comfortable playing and can actually play. Whenever that day comes, I will put the jersey back on.”

Not only was Ball restricted in his activities on the basketball court, he also said he had trouble climbing stairs and everyday movements. The ongoing discomfort in his knee has taken doctors, the team and Ball by surprise at his ongoing problems. He said this week’s surgery was as much about identifying the problems as it was about fixing them.

“As far as I know, they’re going in there to see what it is,” Ball said. “Because it doesn’t necessarily show up on the MRI, but it’s clear there’s something wrong. So they will go in, look at it and whatever needs to be done will be done.”

“I’ve never felt pain like this or been able to increase a little but never fully, so definitely a unique situation. The doctors and the cops, we’re all trying to figure out what it is. Like I said, we all decided it was time for surgery.” Chicago Bulls’ Lonzo Ball can’t run, jump without pain as 2nd knee surgery of 2022 looms

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