It seems like Los Angeles Lakers will have to finish this season without their point guard Lonzo Ball. Lakers’ head coach Luke Walton recently talked with reporters about Ball, who is currently out with an ankle sprain, and said that the 21-year-old might not play again this season.
Walton said that Ball will be reevaluated on Saturday, but that there is no indication might be ready for return soon.
“Lonzo hasn’t had himself an offseason yet, as far as development, which is a huge part of when you get better at this level,” – said Walton. “And where we’re at now, and not looking like he’s close to being able to play yet, then, it’s almost getting to the point where the true value comes from, ‘Let’s get him as healthy as possible so he has however many months this summer to really expand and keep working on his game.'”
“We won’t even have the conversation until we’ve had a week’s worth of practice with him and whatnot. So like I said, he’s not close to that,” – he added about the possible timeline for Ball’s return. “What you guys see right now is the most he’s been doing on the court.”
Lonzo Ball got injured on January 19th in the game against Houston Rockets. The early estimations said he could be out for four to six weeks, but it seems that the injury ended up being a bit more complicated.
Ball played 47 games for the Lakers this season and averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds.