Bulls guard Lonzo Ball's left knee surgery goes 'well,' but uncertainty persists

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(670 The Score) Bulls guard Lonzo Ball’s left knee surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles went “well,” coach Billy Donovan told reporters Thursday.

Ball, 24, had an arthroscopic debridement procedure. It marked the second surgery on his left knee in the past eight months and third operation on it in his professional basketball career. On Tuesday before the surgery, Ball’s comments cast his health outlook as bleak, as he admitted he had pain in everyday life – not just on the basketball floor – and that doctors had been perplexed why his knee hadn’t healed properly after surgery on his meniscus in late January.

Donovan cast a realistic tone Thursday after a report from the Athletic earlier in the day indicated the Bulls hold confidence that Ball can return to action sometime this season.

"You always try to stay optimistic that this will get resolved and he'll be fine,” Donovan said, according to NBC Sports Chicago.

"But until he gets back and gets into the situations that were causing him pain, to see how he responds to being back in those situations, we'll find out more.”

There remains no timeline for when Ball might return. For now, the Bulls’ publicly stated plan is to re-evaluate Ball in four to six weeks and then proceed from there.

"What I don't know is, let's say the surgery is a complete success, everything's great, he's pain-free," Donovan said, according to NBC Sports Chicago. "You've also got a player that's been out for nine months. It's not like in three weeks the surgery is a success and you just throw him out there and play. We haven't even gotten into the point if this all goes well, what the rhythm, the timing, the flow, catching up. He's had no competitive play since (January). So that's a whole other scenario of when he could actually get back.”

Ball played in 35 games last season, averaging 13 points and 5.1 assists while also shooting 42.3% from 3-point range on high volume. He’s the catalyst of the Bulls’ transition game, a superb passer and a strong defender.

With Ball out, the Bulls are considering several options as their starting point guard.

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