Storyline: Lonzo Ball Injury

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5 days ago via ESPN

Ball, who will miss his 14th consecutive game on Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, said on Wednesday that he could play right now if this were the playoffs. Instead, he will use the extra week during the All-Star break to mitigate any lingering discomfort in the knee. Ball, who sustained his injury on Jan. 13, will not play in Friday’s Rising Stars game. “I practiced yesterday, [and] it’s at a point where I can play, but it still hurts a little bit,” Ball said after the team’s shootaround. “So they want to just get that out and take this week, and we are playing good right now, so no need to rush it.”
3 weeks ago via ESPN

Ball was hurt in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 13 and has missed six straight games. He has yet to go through a full practice but has recently been shooting, doing some treadmill work and lifting. The sprain limits his lateral movement. Ball has said that he won’t play until he can run. Head coach Luke Walton said Ball will have to go through a full practice before returning to play. The Lakers are currently on a five-game trip that ends in Oklahoma City next Sunday.
2 months ago via ESPN

Lonzo Ball will have to wait to play Russell Westbrook after the Los Angeles Lakers point guard was ruled out for Wednesday night’s game against Oklahoma City. Ball and Brook Lopez, who is available to play, were both cleared to practice by the team Tuesday. Ball, though, will miss his sixth straight game with a bruised left shoulder after he felt soreness Wednesday morning following a workout on Tuesday. The rookie point guard did participate in morning shootaround on Wednesday and will practice Thursday.

Even New Year’s Eve seems an optimistic timetable for Ball. That’s the day Ball is set to be reevaluated and Coach Luke Walton typically wants players returning from injury to get in at least one full practice. That could push Ball’s return into the next week. “There’s no target (date) at least from my standpoint,” Walton said. “The only thing that matters with him is getting him healthy. There’s no reason to try to target a date and get him back. Obviously we want him back as soon as possible but big picture and what he means to us. We need him to be healthy so once he’s back he stays back.”
4 months ago via ESPN

“If he is not ready, he won’t [play],” Walton said of the season opener. “Again, it is day to day so I assume he will be back by then. If he’s not ready to play basketball and really cut and move and do everything that you need that ankle you need it to do for you, we are not going to play him.” “It’s just still sore,” Walton added. “He said he can run straight and feels no pain, but it’s going side to side that really gets him.”
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February 20, 2018 | 12:15 am EST Update
Former Houston Rockets small forward Troy Williams has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Knicks on Monday night and is expected to join the team Wednesday, legendary AAU coach Boo Williams, Troy’s uncle, told “Yeah, he agreed to a 10-day with them,” Boo Williams said by phone. “He had four other offers [including Portland and Dallas] but he wanted to go to New York.”
A second-year forward who went to Indiana, the 6-foot-7 Troy Williams has averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 34 games (16 starts) with the Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies since the start of last season. “I’m not an NBA guy but I think he’ll bring athleticism, I think he’ll bring energy,” Boo Williams said. “And plus they’re a young team. Scott Perry has done a good job. You know Troy’s game, he’ll bring energy and athleticism.”
Storyline: Troy Williams Free Agency
Boo Williams has known Knicks GM Scott Perry for two decades from his days as a college coach as Eastern Kentucky and Michigan. “He talked to his agent, Steve Pina,” Boo Williams said. “He’s the same one who represents [Kristaps] Porzingis. I think it’s a good fit. He just wants a place where he can play. I don’t think Houston wanted to get rid of [Troy Williams], but he just wanted a place where he could play. And he was doing too well in the G League. In Memphis, he started 13 games in Memphis.”
February 19, 2018 | 10:36 pm EST Update