Artūras Karnišovas took to NBA-TV Tuesday to remind everybody that Lonzo Ball is progressing in his recovery from the knee injuries he suffered last season, just not at an ideal rate.
But the most troubling news didn’t come from Karnišovas, who essentially parroted everything Billy Donovan said two days ago. No. That came in a report from NBC Sports Chicago Bulls Insider K.C. Johnson, who wrote “Ball still occasionally experiences discomfort when he increases his workload.”
Of course, rehab is seldom, if ever, linear. But it’s concerning to hear Ball, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his left knee in January, is experiencing a similar pattern of the fits and starts he encountered in April.
Neither Karnišovas nor Marc Eversley have pointed to the health of their 24-year-old starting point guard as part of the rationale behind them drafting Dalen Terry and signing Goran Dragić this summer. Yet with each passing day, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to say otherwise.
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