Chicago Bulls talented point guard Lonzo Ball has reportedly been shut down for the remainder of the 2022-23 NBA season.
Injury update: Lonzo Ball will not return this season.
“Ball’s focus remains on relieving his discomfort and fully returning to the 2023-24 season.”
Full statement from Arturas Karnisovas:
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 21, 2023
The decision to close the ball for the rest of the season is a big blow for the Bulls. Ball has been contributing to the team even before his injury. He averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game last season.
The exact details of Ball’s injury have not been released, but it is believed to be a knee problem that has plagued him. I have been keeping an eye on his health.
The Bulls will have to rely on other players to fill the void. However, there are some capable guards on the team. Alex Caruso and Coby White could see an increase in playing time with the ball out.
Losing the ball is definitely a setback for the Bulls, even if the franchise knew it was possible. The Bulls are led by star guards Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vcevic. In the past, they’ve proven they can compete with the best teams in the league, but Eastern will need to do their best to win out in his highly competitive conference.
Ball’s current focus is on his recovery and making sure he’s perfectly healthy for next season. Bulls fans are eager to see him return to the court next season.
According to the Illinois Sportsbook, the Chicago Bulls are +350 to the playoffs. Losing the ball for the rest of the season could hurt future chances. The team also signed veteran guard Patrick Beverley from the buyout market, thus further deepening his guard position on points.