Bulls Believe PG Lonzo Ball Won’t Play Basketball Again

Lonzo Ball with UCLA in 2017
Lonzo Ball with UCLA in 2017. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8451262c)

The Chicago Bulls are not overly optimistic that they will see their point guard Lonzo Ball on the basketball court again, according to a recent report. Ball tore his meniscus in January 2022 and has since had three surgeries in an attempt to address the issue.

After his latest surgery in March, the Bulls said they are optimistic about the procedure and Ball’s ability to resume his career. But according to Dan Bernstein of 670 The Score,  the organization “privately” believes the 25-year-old player will not be able to resume his career.

It is unclear when exactly Ball hurt his knee, but the Bulls made the official announcement on January 20, 2022, and put a six-to-eight-week timeline on his return. Then in April, the team ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

Ball tried to return midway through the 2022-23 campaign but couldn’t participate in basketball activities without feeling discomfort. At that point, the player decided to have a cartilage transplant, his third procedure on the same knee.

Lonzo Ball joined the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade from the New Orleans Pelicans in the summer of 2021. He received a four-year, $85 million contract as part of the deal. Ball ended up only playing 35 games with the Bulls, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.