The wait for the other shoe to drop is over. Chicago Bulls' guard Lonzo Ball is expected to miss training camp and is doubtful for the start of the 2022-2023 NBA season, sources told ESPN’s Jamal Collier and Ramona Shelburne Friday.
This report comes just one day after K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago said he's heard "more positive than negative" regarding Ball's status.
Ball, who underwent meniscus surgery on his left knee Jan. 28, has spent the summer rehabbing in Los Angeles. But, while his knee has been deemed “structurally sound,” he continues to experience pain with basketball activities.
The team is expected to evaluate the 24-year-old when he gets back in town next week.
Lonzo Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists before suffering the injury against Golden State on Jan. 14. It’s now been nearly eight months since his initial six-to-eight week recovery timeline.
The Chicago Bulls open the 2022-23 season on the road against Miami on Oct. 19.