Will Guillory: Lonzo Ball is back out here doing his normal shooting routine after sitting out of yesterday’s practice. pic.twitter.com/pEPkrgi0ne
Jennifer Hale: Coach Alvin Gentry says Lonzo Ball should be fine after leaving the Nets game in the 2nd half with cramps. The @PelicansNBA don’t play again until Friday, so lots of time to rest. #Zo
On the court, Ball has been encouraged by what he’s seen over multiple weeks at New Orleans’ voluntary workouts, which have been regularly attended by 15-plus players. “I think we have a chance (to be good). We have a lot of talent. We have a new team, where people have got to get to know each other, so we’ve got to start a little earlier,” Ball said, referring to one reason Pelicans players were motivated to participate. Ball missed 35 games last season due to injury, but said Tuesday of his health, “I’m good. Doing everything, 5-on-5, full-contact. I’m good.”
Will Guillory: Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball say they are both close to being back to doing basketball activities. Lonzo says he's about a week or two away from being cleared
However, that doesn’t mean Ball is just sitting around and waiting to be healthy again. According to JaVale McGee, Ball has been in the gym every day trying to work his way back to full strength (via FS1’s “The Herd”): When people get injured they tend to go down in spirit but he’s had a great spirit this whole time he’s been injured. He’s been there every day working in the weight room, and this is coming from behind-the-scenes that sees it all. He’s training. He hasn’t missed a training session. You get fined for things like that and people are really paying attention to that, but he hasn’t missed any of that since I’ve been there, so it’s not like he’s not trying to get healthy. He just had a bad injury and it’s been lingering. That’s all it is.
One of the headaches and near-debacles of the final stretch of Johnson’s tenure came in late February. In what could have been a catastrophe, the Lakers needed to prevent point guard Lonzo Ball from undergoing a potential unauthorized surgery on his left ankle that was planned by estranged former business partner Alan Foster and with LaVar Ball’s knowledge, multiple team and league sources told The Athletic.
The Lakers found out about Ball’s situation when Lonzo Ball called General Manager Rob Pelinka, and the organization informed him that they would not allow it and could void his contract if he went through with the procedure, sources said. The Lakers then arranged transportation to bring Ball home, sources said. This could have been a disastrous moment for the Lakers, with a core player potentially undergoing a procedure that could have blindsided the organization. But Johnson and Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka communicated with those around Lonzo, working with his then-agent Harrison Gaines to squash the procedure and bring him back to Los Angeles, sources around the team with knowledge of the situation said. Gaines declined to comment when reached by phone.
One of the headaches and near-debacles of the final stretch of Magic Johnson’s tenure came in late February. In what could have been a catastrophe, the Lakers needed to prevent point guard Lonzo Ball from undergoing a potential unauthorized surgery on his left ankle that was planned by estranged former business partner Alan Foster and with LaVar Ball’s knowledge, multiple team and league sources told The Athletic.
Lonzo Ball traveled to Ohio in late February to potentially go through with a procedure on his injured ankle, pushed by Foster, a source familiar with the situation told The Athletic. The family had experience with the doctor who would perform the procedure as he had also operated on LiAngelo Ball, the source said.
The Lakers found out about Ball’s situation when Lonzo Ball called General Manager Rob Pelinka, and the organization informed him that they would not allow it and could void his contract if he went through with the procedure, sources said. The Lakers then arranged transportation to bring Ball home, sources said.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball did indeed nearly have ankle surgery with an unauthorized doctor. Lakers could have voided his contract if he did it. Ultimately he was convinced to return to Los Angeles and Jeanie Buss sent a plane to bring him back. It’s unclear if he still plans to have surgery.
Harrison Faigen: Lonzo Ball on the medical staff. “I know they have my best interests. Certain things just come up later… I trust them. It sucks. I can’t say too much other than that, I don’t like being hurt.”
He spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since January and his recent shutdown for the remainder of the season. Ball is ready. “I’m very, very motivated,” Ball told The Athletic. “I want to be the best I can be. I’m looking forward to this summer. I don’t look at it as added pressure, because I haven’t had a full summer yet to dedicate to myself. I have to keep working on my craft. I’m just happy that I’m going to be healthy. “It’s been frustrating. This is the second year that this has happened. But I have to stay positive, stay motivated.”
Tania Ganguli: Can confirm Lonzo Ball has been officially shut down for the season. Ball suffered a grade 3 sprain in his left ankle, which includes a torn ligament, on January 19.
Chris Haynes: Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a re-evaluation checkup on his ankle today and there’s strong suspicion he’ll also be ruled out the remainder of the season, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
The Los Angeles Lakers say point guard Lonzo Ball will be re-evaluated in a week. Team physicians on Thursday determined Ball needs more "healing and recovery time" because of a bone bruise related to his Grade 3 ankle sprain suffered Jan. 19. The team says Ball will meet with team physicians in a week and his status will be updated again at that point.
Bill Oram: Lonzo Ball will be re-evaluated by team physicians tomorrow and an update will be given at that time. This news has been provided to you courtesy of the Lakers aces PR staff.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball (sprained ankle) listed by Lakers as out for Wednesday’s game vs. New Orleans. Their next possible day of practice is Thursday. Ball is a little more than five weeks through original timetable of four to six weeks.
Mike Trudell: Further examination of Lonzo Ball’s grade 3 ankle sprain (occurred Jan. 19 at Houston) revealed a bone bruise, which isn’t uncommon for such sprains. Ball has yet to return to the practice court as he does daily rehab and the team will continue to provide updates as needed.
Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has been dealing with a bone bruise in his sprained left ankle that the team believes could extend his recovery past six weeks, according to two people familiar with Ball’s condition. Ball severely sprained his ankle on Jan. 19 in the third quarter of the Lakers’ loss to the Houston Rockets.
Ball began running on an underwater treadmill two weeks ago and last week he began work on an antigravity treadmill, but was limited because of the bone bruise.
Ball has been progressing well in his rehabilitation. He’s begun running on an underwater treadmill and is progressing toward being able to run on an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill. He was on crutches for less than a week and was able to remove his walking boot shortly thereafter.
Harrison Faigen: Kyle Kuzma on one way the Lakers can improve on D: “I think getting Zo back into the mix is definitely one thing. He’s had a hell of a season defensively and we kind of feed off of him. He’s picking up 94 feet, getting stops all over the floor and has great defensive instincts.”
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball said he’s never broken a bone before but when his injury first happened he thought he’d broken his ankle. He got to stop using crutches yesterday and now just has the boot on.
Bill Oram: Kyle Kuzma said Lonzo Ball is in good spirits after learning he will miss 4-6 weeks. “He thought it was going to be worse than the outcome was,” Kuzma said.
Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, who was injured in last night’s game at Houston, underwent an MRI which revealed a Grade 3 left ankle sprain. Ball is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and updates will be provided as appropriate.
Tania Ganguli: A Grade 3 sprain, which Lonzo Ball has in his ankle, involves a ligament tear, but Ball's will not require surgery.
While X-ray results were negative, this still figures to be a significant injury for Ball. Ingram missed seven games with a sprained ankle earlier this season and when Ball has been injured in the past, the Lakers have been extremely careful when bringing him back. He played 52 games as a rookie, in part because of a nagging knee injury that started off as day-to-day and ended up costing him 15 games.
Tania Ganguli: A bit of good news for the Lakers while they try to hang onto this one. Lonzo Ball's X-Rays were negative for fractures, per source.
That diagnosis was backed up when X-rays revealed no fractures, though it’s still unknown how many games Ball will have to miss. The Lakers will likely need Ball to undergo an MRI to reveal the extent of the damage to his ligaments.
“For Lonzo it’s learning on the go,” Walton said. “He hasn’t had an offseason yet to work on his game. So he’s learning while we’re playing during the season and he’s really done a nice job of turning a corner. We’ll see where we’re at, how long he’s out for, and hopefully get him up and running again and playing at the level he was playing at before he got hurt.”
Dave McMenamin: Luke Walton says JaVale McGee is improving but will be held out tonight. Lonzo Ball will play tonight vs LAC after suffering from a calf cramp last night.
Kyle Goon: Lonzo Ball officially questionable for Thursday’s game against Indiana. Did not participate in on-court work today in practice. Ankle is “tender to the touch” which Luke Walton said is to be expected, but they’ll re-evaluate tomorrow.
Tania Ganguli: Lakers are calling Lonzo Ball day to day but he a little bit defiantly said “I’m playing Thursday.”
Bill Oram: X-rays were negative on Lonzo Ball. Lakers considering him day-to-day with sprained left ankle.
Bill Oram: Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball “sprained his left ankle pretty good, but wanted to give it a go.” Checked out early in the second half
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball (mild left ankle sprain) is considered questionable for Saturday’s game at Sacramento. He was injured earlier today in practice.
Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball tweaked his ankle in practice today. “Hopefully he’s fine,” Luke Walton said, but we’ll check on it tomorrow.
The most enticing mega-trade on the board not involving Anthony Davis: Lillard to the Lakers for a package centered around Lonzo Ball. Lillard is a perfect fit next to LeBron, and LeBron respects Lillard's game, per sources familiar with the matter. The Lakers could absorb Lillard into cap space this summer without sending out giant matching salaries -- salaries they don't have on the books.
Kyle Goon: Lonzo Ball says his knee is good to go tonight — the knee is in good shape and he expects to play at least 20 minutes. pic.twitter.com/lmlHjRJPV2
Mike Trudell: Walton said Lonzo did everything at practice today and that Ball looked great. He’s hopeful Lonzo plays on Wednesday in Vegas, but will wait until gameday to make an official decision.
Mike Trudell: Walton said part of holding Ball out has been for him to get as close to possible to full conditioning, because when someone hasn’t played in a while, they can be susceptible to other injuries. That said, he’s progressed steadily and appears basically ready to go.
Ohm Youngmisuk: LeBron James and Lonzo Ball will not play tonight in Anaheim against the Clippers. James will get a day off and Ball is getting closer to returning.
Bill Oram: Lonzo Ball will be listed as questionable for the Lakers preseason game on Saturday against the Clippers in Anaheim. He has been a full paricioang in practices for more than a week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in July. Ball last played in a game on March 28.
Brad Turner: Lonzo Ball will not play tomorrow when the Lakers face the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center, per source. He will be evaluated Thursday and remains day to day to return.
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton says if Lonzo’s feeling great he’ll play “very limited” minutes on Thursday. The last couple games he’s ruled him out quickly.
Mike Trudell: Walton said Lonzo Ball won’t play tomorrow night. He continues to progress, but “we’re just trying to be patient” given how long he was out over the summer.
After just a couple of practices together, LeBron James says Lonzo Ball looks like someone who did not miss most of the summer due to a knee injury. "I didn't know he was gonna be full go so fast," James said after the Los Angeles Lakers practice on Saturday. "He's been going through live drills the last two and a half days. His bounce is there. His speed is there. So I don't even know if he even had surgery," James cracked.
Ball didn't suffer any setbacks following his first contact practice on Thursday. "We're gonna be patient," Walton said. "No need to rush it right now. We'll put minutes restrictions on him as he starts coming back in the preseason. And everything will be, 'How do you feel?' the next day, 'How do you feel?' that night. As long we keep checking those off and he's fine, the minutes restrictions will go up and up until we decide to get rid of it all together."
Mike Trudell: Lonzo was a full go again. Luke: “I was shocked how good he looked the last 2 days as far as his feel for the game and getting out and competing.” Walton very impressed/pleased with how good Ball looked given he didn’t play all offseason. Said you couldn’t tell he was out.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball did everything in today's practice except for the five-on-five scrimmage. Ivica Zubac was ill and unable to practice.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Magic Johnson says Lonzo Ball has gotten stronger, has shot very well when he was able to be on the court due to his knee this offseason and could have a “breakout season.” pic.twitter.com/XHtY7vl1Gs
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was among the several players on hand at the practice facility Wednesday, and his work included shooting 3-pointers. Video of that portion of Ball’s workout was captured by Ball’s manager Darren Moore and shared on his Instagram story. Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was among the several players on hand at the practice facility Wednesday, and his work included shooting 3-pointers. Video of that portion of Ball’s workout was captured by Ball’s manager Darren Moore and shared on his Instagram story. It’s an encouraging development for Ball, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the middle of July. That came after he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the knee that caused him trouble throughout the season.
Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday. An update will be provided following the completion of the surgery.
Sam Amick: Even with Lakers announcement that Lonzo Ball is undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday, I'm told he's still expected to be ready for training camp.
Tania Ganguli: Rob Pelinka says Lonzo Ball will be 100% ready for training camp, but his management team is evaluating options for treating his knee.
Ball added that his left knee—the one with the torn meniscus in it—should be ready to go when the Lakers open training camp in the fall.
August 12, 2022 | 4:09 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent center Willie Cauley-Stein has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Cauley-Stein will compete for a roster spot in training camp.
Luka Doncic was ready to go but with him resting in the closing minutes, Goran Dragic had to be Batman again. The captain of the Slovenian national team made a big three that decided the 104-103 overtime win over Turkey in Istanbul.
It was only a prep game as the two teams are preparing for the upcoming Eurobasket and the FIBA World Cup, but it will be remembered. Dragic finished the night with 28 points and the winning three, while Doncic had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in 27 minutes of action. He didn’t play in the overtime.
NBA star guard and Raleigh native John Wall is hosting a series of events this week to honor his late mother. With the Los Angeles Clippers guard in attendance, the John Wall Family Foundation hosted a back-to-school event Thursday morning at Durant Road Elementary School. The foundation will help the Durant Road Elementary students throughout the school year. On Thursday, Wall’s foundation presented a check for $11,200 to the the Salvation Army of Wake County Red Shield Club of Raleigh for summer day camp scholarships.
Kids ages 8-18 will get a chance next week to receive face-to-face pointers from an NBA player who grew up in Lowell. The Terance Mann Complete Player Basketball Camp will be held Aug. 15-18 at The Mill Works, 22 Town Farm Road, Westford. The hours of the camp are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, Monday to Thursday.
August 12, 2022 | 2:38 pm EDT Update
The Russell Westbrook situation does seem a little more interesting, at least in the sense that the Lakers might have more control than they do in talks with James. The team, after all, could always add more stuff to any trade offers in an effort to unload Westbrook. And depending on what the expectations are in return, they could simply just keep piling on the limited trade assets that they have (pick swaps, second-round picks, etc.). So far, that’s a road the Lakers haven’t seriously taken, Rob Pelinka surprising plenty of folks around the NBA with his hesitancy to attach multiple draft picks with Westbrook in trade talks.