Daniel Greenberg: According to @Daniel Kapman: 1) There’s serious concerns within the Chicago Bulls front office about Lonzo Ball’s knee. 2) Lonzo’s knee is not getting better and the Bulls front office is concerned about why he still has pain anytime he tries to ramp it up. (Via @ESPN1000)
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Rob Schaefer: Arturas Karnisovas on long-term concern for Lonzo Ball’s knee: “I’ll be positive, because we missed him greatly this year… We’re going to try to figure it out this summer.”
Julia Poe: Lonzo Ball is in Milwaukee supporting the Bulls for Game 2. Billy Donovan said he’s currently working on “maintenance strengthening” but can’t do much more due to discomfort in his knee. Once that discomfort goes away, he’ll likely split time between Chicago and LA to rehab.
Jeff Zillgitt: Bulls make it official and rule out Lonzo Ball (left knee) for the remainder of the season, playoffs included. pic.twitter.com/jSIdqCU8FT
Shams Charania: Sources: Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is expected to be shut down for the remainder of the season. Ball has been rehabbing from meniscus surgery in late January, but continues to feel discomfort amid several recovery methods to return to action and a bone bruise in his knee.
Rob Schaefer: Billy Donovan said Bulls are in process of “slowly building” Lonzo Ball toward sprinting/cutting. Not to full speed yet. Said he expects to know more middle of next week — Tuesday or Wednesday
KC Johnson: Lonzo Ball will resume ramping up his rehab, per Billy Donovan, to see how Ball responds. Ball had rested from running the last 10 days.
Rob Schaefer: Billy Donovan said he doesn’t know exact date for Lonzo Ball’s reevaluation, but it will be some time time in 7-10 day window from when they paused running. 10 day mark is Thursday. Donovan hinted at reeval coming after team returns from road trip, which concludes tomorrow at WAS
Rob Schaefer: Billy Donovan says Bulls are pulling back Lonzo Ball’s rehab for next 10 days. Ball will still do strength work, but in terms of trying to ramp his running up to full-speed, Bulls are giving him a break
Joe Cowley: The bone bruise is still the issue with Lonzo Ball’s knee. The pause is to allow further healing. Ten days is the end of March, and then he would have to start the running program again. Calendar isn’t on his side.
Rob Schaefer: Lonzo Ball is running and doing some lateral work, but not at full speed, per Billy Donovan. Next hurdle is being cleared to sprint. Donovan said he won’t have clarity on a return date until then
KC Johnson: Billy Donovan said Alex Caruso will need to be checked out by doctor again before he’s cleared for contact. That date is not set. Caruso, Lonzo Ball and Patrick Williams did individual, non-contact work today.
Rob Schaefer: Lonzo Ball continues to do straight-ahead running as he rehabs knee, per Billy Donovan. Next steps: Change of direction running + ramp up intensity of sprints On Friday, Ball will be 5 weeks into 6-8 week recovery timeline. Donovan: “Nothing has changed with his time schedule”
KC Johnson: Two more things after listening to Donovan’s pregame. The fact Lonzo Ball remains on the 6-8 week timeline is significant. As Donovan previously mentioned, surgeons didn’t fully know extent of meniscus damage until they began surgery.
KC Johnson: Lonzo Ball surgery had no surprises, went well. Per Billy Donovan.
Darnell Mayberry: Lonzo Ball will have surgery Friday, Bulls coach Billy Donovan says.
Shams Charania: Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball has been diagnosed with a small meniscus tear in his left knee and is evaluating treatment options, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium .
KC Johnson: Lonzo Ball is changing treatment to address his left knee, per Billy Donovan. Timeline is TBD. It all will depend on his knee responds to this new treatment. Zach LaVine is back stationary shooting. Not running or jumping. But he feels “better,” per Donovan.
Rob Schaefer: Billy Donovan says the knee soreness that is holding Lonzo Ball out of tonight’s game is something he’s been dealing with for “a period of time” Felt it during Warriors game, after waking up this AM medical decided best to rest him. Donovan called Ball doubtful for MEM game
KC Johnson: Lonzo Ball has been downgraded to out vs. Celtics.
Julia Poe: Lonzo Ball listed as questionable due to left knee soreness for tonight’s game against the Celtics. He will be the seventh absent player for the Bulls if he can’t participate in Boston tonight.
Lonzo Ball, along with multiple teammates, will miss the New Orleans Pelicans’ regular season finale against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday evening. Ball will miss the game with a right thumb sprain, the third straight game he’ll miss to end the season. Along with Ball, Steven Adams (right MTP sprain), Josh Hart (right thumb surgery), Brandon Ingram (left ankle sprain) and Zion Williamson (left hand fracture) all will be out as well on the night. It will be the third straight game that group of five players will miss with the Pelicans losing each of those games.
Christian Clark: Lonzo Ball and Steven Adams will both play tonight.
Will Guillory: SVG says he doesn’t believe the team found any structural damage within Lonzo Ball’s hips. He’s unsure how related the injuries are. Added it had to be frustrating for Ball to be out again after just coming back. Ball missed 7 games due to left hip, out tonight bc of right hip.
Will Guillory: Brandon Ingram and Kira Lewis are questionable once again for tomorrow’s game vs Philadelphia, per the Pelicans. Lonzo Ball (left hip flexor soreness) was added to the injury report and is listed as questionable. Ball missed seven games with a right hip flexor strain.
Will Guillory: Lonzo Ball will go back in the starting lineup, per Van Gundy. He added that Ball will have to play a lot tonight bc only three guards are available with Kira out.
Christian Clark: Lonzo Ball downgraded to doubtful tonight. David Griffin said a few minutes ago he’d be surprised if Ball played today or tomorrow.
Christian Clark: Lonzo Ball upgraded to probable. Looks like he will play tonight, which he said yesterday was his plan. nola.com/sports/pelican…
Will Guillory: The Pelicans listed Lonzo Ball as questionable (bilateral knee tendinopathy) going into tomorrow’s game vs Utah. Ball said earlier today he plans to play.
Will Guillory: Lonzo says he’s been dealing with the pain in his knee for a while and management stepped in to tell him to take some time off. Says his plan is to play tomorrow vs Utah.
Andrew Lopez: Stan Van Gundy says Lonzo Ball did practice today and did everything in practice when they went live. Said they’ll see how he feels later before making a determination for tomorrow’s game against Utah.
Christian Clark: SVG: Lonzo practiced today. Says “we’ll see” about him playing tomorrow.
The New Orleans Pelicans could be without their two starting guards for Wednesday night’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. On Tuesday night’s injury report, the Pelicans listed Lonzo Ball as out with bilateral knee tendinopathy and Eric Bledsoe as questionable with right eye irritation. A source said the team is treating Ball’s injury as day-to-day.
Will Guillory: Source: Lonzo Ball will be active tonight. Plan is to bring him off the bench and play him about 20 minutes.
Anthony Chiang: Shorthanded Pelicans vs. Heat tonight. Per the Pelicans: Lonzo Ball (Right Adductor Strain), Jahlil Okafor (Left Ankle Sprain) and JJ Redick (Left Great Toe Sprain) have been downgraded to OUT. Brandon Ingram (Right Knee Soreness) has been downgraded to QUESTIONABLE.
Christian Clark: Brandon Ingram is a game time decision tomorow. Lonzo Ball won’t play.
Will Guillory: Pelicans announce Lonzo Ball (right adductor strain) will be out tomorrow against Houston
Jim Eichenhofer: #Pelicans shootaround update presented by @HUBInsurance, Lonzo Ball (right adductor strain) plans to play vs. Toronto; Ball shooting career-best 38.6% on threes; JJ Redick listed as questionable; New Orleans fourth in #NBA in trey attempts): on.nba.com/33qdxXb pic.twitter.com/j3LAH9pjzm
Christian Clark: JJ Redick is questionable with a left knee bruise tomorrow against Toronto. Lonzo Ball (right adductor sprain) is probable.
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.
Mike Trudell: An update on Lonzo Ball is expected to come tomorrow.
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May 20, 2022 | 8:25 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: 2021-22 NBA All-Defensive teams: First team: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mikal Bridges, Rudy Gobert, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marcus Smart Second team: Bam Adebayo, Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday, Matisse Thybulle, Robert Williams III
Bobby Marks: Robert Williams has a $223,215 bonus as part of his rookie extension. However, because Williams is still in the fourth year of his rookie scale contract, the bonus is not earned. The bonus is now deemed likely and his cap hit for 2022-23 is adjusted to $10,937,502.
Melissa Rohlin: Gary Payton II (fractured left elbow) has started to do various light individual on-court activities and will be re-evaluated in one week. Andre Iguodala (disc injury in his neck) continues to show progress and an update will come when he’s cleared to practice.
May 20, 2022 | 7:27 pm EDT Update
The Lakers appear poised to make a decision on their coaching position soon, with Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts the finalists for the job that became vacant when Frank Vogel was fired at season’s end. But as the final round of interviews is set, sources tell The Athletic that Ham appears to have made the strongest impression yet.