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.
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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.
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: Luke Walton says Lonzo Ball will play and start tonight.
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
Harrison Faigen: Luke just said that Lonzo and Ingram are good to go for tonight.
John Ireland: Lonzo Ball is active tonight for the Lakers.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Listening back to pod discussion on Lonzo Ball’s knee injury, I misspoke: What I planned to say was that he may require surgery, not that he requires it.
Adrian Wojnarowski: “That [Lonzo Ball] knee injury, I think there was a belief around the Lakers is that it was within his world that that got leaked out there to keep him from getting traded. He doesn’t want to be traded from L.A. It wasn’t the Lakers who wanted information out on that knee injury. There were a lot of teams who were checking on possible deals with the Lakers. They wanted to know. There were a lot of questions about that knee.”
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ball was diagnosed with the injury at the end of the season and has gone through recovery options to treat the minor injury and find the best route for his long-term future, league sources said. Ball is expected to be ready for the start of the season, league sources said.
Shams Charania: Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, league sources tell Yahoo. Ball is expected to be ready for training camp next season.
Mike Bresnahan: Walton also said Lonzo Ball has started doing some ball-handling work on the court. Ball was sidelined for a while after receiving a PRP injection in his knee last month.
LaVar, who recently spoke with HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, is concerned about his son’s injuries. However, he seems to blame the Lakers’ head trainer Gunnar Peterson for the issues that arose throughout Lonzo’s rookie season. “My expectation for Lonzo is for him to be twice as good as he was this year, and to be more healthy,” LaVar told HoopsHype. “He understands, he went through it. If you’re going to be doing those rubber-bands like that dude Gunnar has him doing, that bullsh*t training. That’s what I call it. Sh*t, he wasn’t like that when I brought him over there. When he first came , he never got hurt. He was never hurt.”
After one season, LaVar was far from impressed with his son’s training regimen in the NBA. “Now, you’ve got these guys talking about, ‘Well, I’ve got this special workout for Lonzo…’ No! Lonzo’s gotta lift that pig iron, that real iron, and he’s gotta run some hills. That’s stuff they don’t have him doing,” LaVar said. “Some of these guys try to act like they’re the best trainers in the world because they trained some people with some God-danged names. But me? I ain’t worried about the names. I want to see your production! You have all these players coming through. Well, why are they getting hurt?”
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