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Lonzo Ball can’t run or jump on injured knee, has pain going up stairs: ‘Even the doctors are a bit surprised’

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Lonzo Ball was a big hit for the Chicago Bulls last season. He played a key role in getting the team off to a fast start, showing himself to be a strong defender and a skilled passer. Then he injured his knee.

Ball missed the final two months of the 2021/22 NBA season. The Bulls stumbled on a 19–23 stretch after Ball had his first surgery.

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It was hoped that Ball would make a full recovery and be ready to lead the Bulls by the start of the 2022–23 NBA season, but his knee remains a major problem. Ball, who will have a second knee surgery on Wednesday, said he is currently unable to run or jump on his knee and still has pain when climbing stairs. He said doctors are “a little surprised” that he is still struggling so hard due to the injury.

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Ball explained that his knee improved but never got to the point where he could do what was needed to return to basketball court, according to NBCSports Chicago.

“Literally, I really can’t run. I can’t run or jump. There is a range of 30 to 60 degrees when my knee is bent that I don’t have strength and I can’t catch myself, for example. Until I can do these things, I can’t play,” Ball said. “I went to rehab and got better, but I couldn’t go outside and run full speed or jump. So surgery is the next step.”

Ball added that he just wants to get back there with his teammates. While Wednesday marks Ball’s second knee surgery in the last calendar year, it’s the third surgery he’s had on that knee since joining the NBA.

That’s not what Bulls fans want to hear as the season quickly approaches.

Last Wednesday, the team announced that Ball would be undergoing another knee operation. He will have this procedure on September 28th and will be evaluated in 4-6 weeks. This will prevent Ball from starting the 2022/23 NBA season.

Ball has already had one operation on his knee. In January last year, he had a torn meniscus removed. Ball was expected to return to the team in a few months, but had to close for the season due to slow recovery. These problems persisted into the off-season, leading to a second operation.

Given the severity of the problems Ball is now facing, surgery seems like a necessity. If he is able to recover from this procedure within the expected time frame, Ball could still play an important role for the Bulls in the 2022–23 NBA season.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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