CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls defenseman Lonzo Ball will undergo surgery on his left knee next week for the second time in less than a year and will miss the start of the season.
The Bulls said Ball will undergo arthroscopic debridement in Los Angeles on Wednesday. It will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks.
Ball was instrumental in Chicago’s revival last year after being acquired in New Orleans through a resale. He was limited to 35 games and did not play after 14 January.
Two weeks later, Ball underwent surgery for a torn meniscus. He experienced discomfort when he tried to intensify activities. The Bulls let him rest for 10 days, hoping that this would solve the problem and allow him to return. But he felt pain again as he began to prepare for the game.
Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals. Not only did he help the Bulls on offense, but he also bolstered their perimeter defense.
Chicago, who led the Eastern Conference for part of the season, finished in sixth place, 46–36. The Bulls ended a streak of four losing seasons in a row and made the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
Chicago starts training camp next week and opens the season in Miami on October 19th.
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