Bulls Get More Brutal News On Lonzo Ball

The news just got worse for Lonzo Ball and the Chicago Bulls. After a spring and summer of frustrating setbacks in his recovery from knee surgery in January, Ball will now be forced to go under the knife once again.

The Bulls announced that the star point guard will undergo an arthroscopic debridement of his left knee in one week. He will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks. 

This has to be disappointing for the Bulls, as Ball will now definitely miss the start of the season, as he surely wouldn't be ready to go, even if all goes well, until sometime in November. 

Ball missed 47 games last year after suffering a torn left meniscus at the end of January. He was initially given a recovery timeline of six to eight weeks. But he was not able to return at all last season.

The joint has been reported to be "structurally sound", but pain and discomfort have marred his recovery each time he's tried to ramp up basketball activities. 

Ball has seen multiple knee specialists, and the Bulls are hoping that this new procedure will clear up the issue once and for all, and that the 24-year-old will be able to play unhindered for the majority of the season.

The Bulls got off to a scintillating start to the 2021-22 season under Lonzo's leadership at both ends of the floor. But soon after his injury, the team fell on hard times for the balance of the season. 

Ball signed a 4-year, $80M free agent deal with Chicago before last season. He averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals, along with 42.3% shooting from long distance before going down with the injury.