Bulls Insider Reveals Lonzo Ball Injury Update

When it comes to the Chicago Bulls, their biggest question entering the 2022-23 season is the status of point guard Lonzo Ball. He suffered a torn meniscus way back in January, but still hasn't recovered fully, and we learned a couple of weeks ago that he will miss all of training camp and likely the start of the season

Now we get an update on his status from Bulls Insider KC Johnson. And it isn't good.

They don’t know when he’ll be back. Some days when Ball works out, everything seems fine. Others, discomfort flares again.

In fact, it seems like there's been no progress. This has been an ongoing problem for Ball as he's tried to ramp up activity in his rehab process over the last few months.

Despite seeing multiple knee specialists, the discomfort has continued, even though the knee appears structurally sound, as noted by ESPN's Jamal Collier.

So the question, as Johnson notes, is who will start in Ball's stead until he's ready? 

The backcourt candidates are many on the Chicago roster: Alex Caruso, Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, and newly-signed veteran Goran Dragic (for limited minutes, at best). 

But without Ball, they will be hurting, there are no two ways around it. And in fact, it's that two-way game that Lonzo brings that they'll really be missing. From his quick hands on defense to his elite playmaking and shooting on offense. That's a big hole in the lineup to plug. 

In the 35 games he did play before his knee injury, Ball averaged 13 points, 5.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and shot a resounding 42.3% from long distance. 

Bulls' fans will continue to hope for some solution to Ball's issues, sooner rather than later.

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