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.
Ball is dealing with a torn meniscus in his left knee, but he's expected to be ready for training camp, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Ball resumed basketball activities earlier in June following a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee, but the extent of the issue that's bothered him has now been revealed.
Ball, who underwent a platelet-rich plasma shot in his knee and missed the final eight games of the season, is now healthy enough to resume basketball-related activities, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
Ball, who has been lifting weights since the season ended, noted that the injury was minor and he "just basically took time off [to let the knee heal]". Now 100 percent healthy, Ball can continue to work on his all-around offensive game and finding consistency with his shot -- something the Lakers reportedly have stressed to him. He finished his rookie campaign hitting just 36.0 percent of his shots from the field, 30.5 percent from three and 45.1 percent from the charity stripe. There were positives to the year, however, including his passing (7.2 assists per game), rebounding (6.9) and defense (a combined 2.5 steals/blocks)
Ball will finish his rookie campaign sitting out the final eight games due to a knee injury, bringing his total games missed during his rookie season up to 30. While that's certainly not how the 2017 second-overall pick wanted to start his career, Ball still showed flashes of his play-making ability and scoring potential. Over 52 contests, Ball ended up with averages of 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 three-pointers across 34.2 minutes. In addition, he shot 36 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three-point land. With an offseason to get fully healthy and work on his shot, Ball should show improvements heading into his sophomore campaign, making him an extremely intriguing fantasy target to monitor for next year's drafts.
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