Lakers Shut Down Lonzo Ball

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball won’t play any more this season, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Bell had a doctor’s appointment today to get his left ankle examined, and both sides agreed that the best decision was to end his season early.

The second-year guard hasn’t seen any game action since January 19 because of a Grade 3 ankle sprain and bone bruise. With the Lakers six-and-a-half games out of a playoff spot, there’s little reason to bring Ball back and risk further injury.

The move will give Ball a chance to get fully healthy headed into the offseason and use the summer for training, Charania adds (Twitter link). A knee injury limited what he was able to do last offseason.

L.A. was a playoff contender with Ball, but is just 5-13 since he hurt his ankle (Twitter link). The Lakers had recently become resigned to the probability that Ball was done for the year.

Ball appeared in just 47 games this season, posting a 9.9/5.3/5.4 line. That follows a rookie season in which he played 52 games.

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15 thoughts on “Lakers Shut Down Lonzo Ball

    • hopper15

      I’ll give him one more season. But if he misses over 20 games next season he will get the injury prone label.

  1. Itrainsontuesday

    Ball regressed this year. Fewer Mins, points, rebounds, and assists. He did manage to become a better shooter, but he really couldn’t expect to have a long career shooting as poorly as he did as a rookie.

  2. stevep-4

    Los Angeles Tankers
    I am willing to play if they are a little short (so am I)

  3. x%sure

    How about Moritz at forward! (LAL/BOS) Sequences where he makes decisions with the ball work out well so far.

  4. I’m sure he’ll get “injured” again while training during this off-season as soon as the trade rumors start up.

  5. Yep it is

    Just sign his dad already. The entire organization is a joke why not complete the “ Show”.

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