Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is hoping to get past the knee issues that disrupted his season, but general manager Marc Eversley mixed uncertainty with optimism when he talked about Ball’s condition Thursday night, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
Ball was in the middle of his first season with the Bulls when he suffered a torn left meniscus. He was given a six- to eight-week recovery timetable after undergoing surgery on January 28, but a bone bruise that happened before the meniscus tear kept him out of action through the playoffs. A report in late April suggested his recovery was at a “standstill.”
Eversley said he wasn’t sure when asked if Ball would be able to suit up for a game right now.
“That’s something we probably need to talk to the performance staff about,” Eversley responded. “That’s not a call I can make now. I can just tell you that he’s rehabbing and he’s making progress.”
Eversley also couldn’t guarantee that Ball will be ready for the start of training camp, adding, “I certainly hope so.”
Chicago was one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference before its season got derailed by injuries. Losing Ball was among the most costly as his defensive presence and relentless transition attacks were an important part of that early success.
The Bulls were 22-13 with Ball in the lineup, but only 24-23 without him. They slipped into the sixth seed and were eliminated by Milwaukee in five games.