REPORT: Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday
On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that point guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday afternoon, and his timeline to return will be determined following that game. Via ClutchPoints’ Ryan Ward:
#Lakers announce Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) July 13, 2018
Despite undergoing the surgery, USA Today’s Sam Amick adds that Ball is expected to be ready for training camp as well as the start of the 2018-19 season.
Ball only managed to play just 52 games last season due to a number of left knee issues. He dealt with a knee contusion and now reports have surfaced earlier this offseason that Ball suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.
With LeBron James now coming to town and joining the purple and gold, the Lakers are going to want to make sure every player is as healthy as possible for the regular season. His spot in the rotation is also not guaranteed, according to Rob Pelinka. Los Angeles brought in Rajon Rondo this offseason, a hard-headed and feisty point guard who will demand the best out of Ball during practices and games.
The guard out of UCLA had a rough rookie season, averaging just 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.7 three-pointers per game on just 36 percent shooting from the field and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc.