Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is set to undergo an arthroscopic debridement of his left knee, the team announced. The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday 28 September in Los Angeles. His knee will be evaluated once again four to six weeks after the surgery is complete.
This is the third time the 24-year-old will undergo surgery on his left knee. He first had an operation in July 2018 while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and again in January this year. While the recovery time was meant to be between six to eight weeks, he was unable to return to action as the pain in his knee flared up each time he ramped up his physical activity. His last game was on January 14.
Ball has continued to experience pain during the summer, thereby leaving him sidelined throughout training camp. The debridement procedure is aimed at removing damaged tissue from the knee.
So far, Ball will be sidelined until at least late October, when his next medical evaluation is scheduled. The Bulls warned, however, that this evaluation is no guarantee that he will be able to return to the court at that time.