Huge Lonzo Ball Update Revealed By Chicago Bulls

In a surprising turn of events, Lonzo Ball, who hasn't been able to play basketball for over two years due to three knee surgeries, has made significant progress in his latest rehab—finally—and has begun cutting and sprinting and jumping on the court, and is feeling good, per head coach Billy Donovan.

This is all certainly exciting and welcome news for the tough-luck Ball and the Bulls, though it should be noted that the new activity for Ball has been in controlled, non-contact situations. Nevertheless, this is a huge improvement over last fall, when Ball complained that he couldn't climb stairs or do other mundane daily activities without pain in his repeatedly surgically-repaired knee. 

And as if to confirm that he is getting closer to being on the court, Lonzo actually sat on the Bulls' bench for Saturday's game against the LA Clippers: 

Ball was a star in the making when he signed a 4-year, $80 million contract with the Bulls in 2021, just a few months before suffering the first of his ongoing knee injuries. 2023-24, however, will be his second consecutive full season missed. 

In 267 NBA games, Ball has averaged 12 points, 6.2 assists and 5.7 rebounds. He's also averaged 1.6 steals and was shooting 42.3% from the three-point line in 35 games in the 2021–22 season. 

If it appears that he actually might make it back for next season, it could make for some interesting decisions this offseason for Chicago, including whether to try to re-sign impending free agent DeMar DeRozan, and whether or not to try once again to trade Zach LaVine.

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