Lonzo Ball in serious danger: Bulls fear he may never play again
Lonzo Ball may never play basketball again. That's what the Chicago Bulls are beginning to suspect, fearing that their 25-year-old point guard may never step on the court again because of his left knee problems. The injuries have caused him to undergo surgery three times without improvement. The career of one of the NBA's most promising playmakers is in serious jeopardy.
Ball underwent a third surgery in March. He had to have a cartilage transplant. It was certain that he would not play this season, that he would miss most of next season or even that he would not be ready for the entire season. However, the Bulls are beginning to think that the most pessimistic scenario is that they will not be able to count on the point guard ever again.
Before this new operation, the player could not run or jump without pain despite all the recovery time he had been undergoing. In his daily life, he was also very limited, as he had difficulty going up and down stairs. Given the Bulls' fears, he has not progressed well.
On his way to a year and a half without playing
Lonzo played his last game on Jan. 14, 2022, when Chicago was aiming high after adding him in the summer along with Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso. But his injury caused the project to crumble. Without him, the problems at the helm have been evident. Last year, the Bulls lost in the first round to the Bucks and this season ended up losing in the playoffs to the Heat, now the Eastern Conference finalists.
Ball has completed the second of his four-year, $80 million contract with the Chicago franchise. The point guard more than delivered while healthy, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 35 games last season. The Bulls were 27-13 when physical problems began that have marked the team's recent trajectory and may end Ball's career at the age of 25.