The Bulls have "serious concerns" about Ball's surgically repaired left knee, as the point guard continues to deal with pain and discomfort, ESPN 1000 in Chicago reports. Ball underwent surgery all the way back in late January and was initially expected to return to action before the end of the regular season. However, he hit multiple snags in the recovery process, prompting the Bulls to rule him out for the remainder of the season in early April. Roughly three weeks ago, it was reported that Ball was still experiencing pain in his knee, and it looks like nothing has changed on that front. While the UCLA product has plenty of time before the start of the 2022-23 season, it's nonetheless concerning that he does not appear to be making any progress. It's unclear what course of action the Bulls will take, but it's possible Ball could require a second, clean-up surgery on the knee.
Ball said Thursday that he's still experiencing pain in his left knee, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Ball sustained a torn meniscus in his left knee in mid-January and missed the second half of the season due to the issue. He experienced a setback in his recovery process in March before he was officially ruled out for the season, and he said Thursday that he's now at a standstill in his rehab. The 24-year-old will visit with a specialist next week now that the Bulls' season has concluded, but it seems likely that he'll be forced to miss at least a portion of the offseason program since he's still dealing with pain.
Ball (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2021-22 season, including the playoffs. On Tuesday afternoon, the Bulls revealed that Ball hit another snag in his recovery from a torn meniscus, and it quickly became clear that his chances to return during the playoffs were slim. The team has now confirmed that Ball will not return at any point this season, regardless of how far Chicago advances through the Eastern Conference bracket. While the injury marks a disappointing end to Ball's first year in Chicago, the UCLA product was an integral contributor throughout his 35 healthy games. In a career-high 34.6 minutes per contest, Ball averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 steals (career high), 0.9 blocks (career high), 3.1 threes (tied career high) and shot career bests from both the field (42.3% FG) and from three (42.3% 3Pt). Injuries have become an unfortunate theme for the early portion of Ball's NBA career, as he's only topped 55 games played once in his first five seasons in the league.
Ball recently experienced renewed discomfort in his left knee after a second ramp-up period, Jamal Collier of ESPN.com reports. The Bulls have "less and less optimism that Ball will return this season," regardless of how far the team advances in the postseason, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Ball went through a similar issue a few weeks ago and was subsequently shut down for a period of time before the Bulls' training staff attempted to ramp up his activity for the second time. The fact that he appears to have hit the same roadblock in his recovery twice is obviously a major concern for Chicago with the regular season coming to an end this weekend. Head coach Billy Donovan said the team will meet in the coming days to discuss the next course of action for the point guard, who hasn't played since Jan. 14. If he's unable to make any tangible progress in the next week or so, there's a good chance Ball could miss the entirety of Chicago's playoff run.
Ball (knee) will resume ramping up his running after taking a 10-day hiatus. Ball faced a setback after increasing his running on his surgically repaired left knee. The guard is set to resume running and strengthening his left knee until he's back to full speed. Ball's status going forward will depend on how his knee responds to the ramp-up going forward. There's still no indication of how long Ball will remain out.
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