Ball (knee) won't be ready for 5-on-5 scrimmages when training camp opens for the Lakers next week, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports. Ball was recently praised by Lakers GM Rob Pelinka for his improved physique this summer, but the second-year guard is still being brought along slowly when it comes to basketball activities. He's reportedly participated in 1-on-1 drills, but with the Lakers easing him back in, Ball isn't expected to be a full go for the start of training camp. While that may be slightly concerning for his availability for the preseason, the Lakers haven't shown any indication that Ball won't be ready for the opener Oct. 18 against the Trail Blazers.
In an interview with ESPN Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka noted that Ball (knee) focused on improving his body over the summer. "He hasn't been able to play five-on-five basketball because he had to have a scope on his knee," Pelinka said. "But just the way he stayed dedicated to reshaping his body and making sure that if he's playing against a really strong point guard like a Russell Westbrook, who's gonna come at him with his aggressive nature and give him a bump. Lonzo will be able to take it or even bump him back. You'll see that in his physique." Ball has mostly flown under the radar this summer, with the knee procedure preventing him from going full speed for the better part of the last three months. However, the Lakers shared some photos and video clips earlier this month, and Ball's upper body, in particular, appears noticeably bulkier, while his unorthodox jumpshot also looks more refined. The fact that Ball hasn't been able to play five-on-five may be a bit of a concern as preseason approaches, but the hope is that the time he's been able to spend on his body will pay dividends during the grind of the regular season. "We feel that he can go to another level if he changes his body and if he's able to stay on the court," Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson said of Ball, who missed 20 games as a rookie.
The surgery Ball underwent on his left knee in July involved a partial removal of his meniscus, Christian Rivas of USA Today reports. On the latest episode of the Facebook series "Ball in the Family," the second-year point guard addressed his offseason procedure, stating that he was given the choice between repairing the injury or removing part of the meniscus. The repair would have entailed a six-month recovery, whereas the partial removal left him with a timeline of closer to six weeks. The expectation is that Ball will be ready to go when the regular season begins in mid-October, but it remains to be seen if he'll show any signs of rust after spending a decent chunk of the summer rehabbing and recovering.
Ball underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday. Ball missed 24 of the final 40 games in 2018 as he dealt with a torn meniscus. The Lakers expect the 20-year-old to be ready to go when training camp opens in late September, but a more specific recovery timetable should become available once he begins his rehab program.
Ball will undergo surgery on his left knee Tuesday. In late June, Ball was diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee, which he initially injured in January of last season. He ended up missing 24 of the team's final 40 games. An official timetable for his recovery will be established following the procedure, but it seems safe to say his status for training camp is in question.
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