Bulls' Lonzo Ball to undergo left knee surgery, will miss 6-8 weeks


(670 The Score) Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball will undergo surgery on his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, the team announced Thursday.

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Ball has a meniscus tear in his left knee, the Athletic reported earlier in the day. He had missed the past three games due to his knee problem, which was previously listed as a bone contusion on the official injury report, and now will be out for an extended period of time. A return at the six-week mark would mean Ball misses the Bulls' next 20 or so games, while a return at the eight-week mark would keep him out about 26 games. Assuming he recovers well, Ball could be back for the last month of the regular season and the playoffs.

Ball and the Bulls had attempted to treat his knee injury with therapy in recent days, but he didn't respond well to the initial treatment, coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday. Ball had surgery in 2018 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

When asked Wednesday evening about the possibility of surgery for Ball, Donovan had initially indicated that wasn't the team's mindset -- but his health outlook took a turn for the worse quickly as discussions continued.

“Obviously, you don’t want to do that for any player," Donovan said.

Ball is averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 35 games this season. He's also shooting 42.3% on high volume from 3-point range and has been a strong defender.

The Bulls are also playing without star guard Zach LaVine for the foreseeable future as he has a left knee injury of his own. In more promising news for the Bulls, LaVine is responding well to treatment and feeling better, Donovan said.