Lonzo Ball still recovering from torn meniscus in left knee



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Lonzo Ball still recovering from torn meniscus in left knee

Lonzo Ball will meet with a knee specialist to determine the next steps of his recovery. Chicago Bulls guard said on Thursday he remains "at a standstill" in his recovery. Back in January, he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and his initial recovery timeline was set to be six to eight weeks.

Unfortunately, his knee never recovered successfully, and the team's attempts to ramp up his basketball activity was shutdown. "We kind of let it calm down for the last two weeks, I was going at it pretty hard trying to get back as fast as possible," Ball said at his exit interview at the team's practice facility on Thursday, via ESPN "But like I said, at a standstill.

I still have pain. Gotta get that figured out this summer for sure."

Lonzo Ball is not sure if he'll need one more surgery.

"Hopefully not," he said. "I wouldn't want to have another one. But if that's what it takes, then I pretty much have no choice at this point."

Ball had a procedure on a meniscus tear in the same knee in July 2018, and also has a bone bruise in his knee. "It's the same tear, this is the second time I tore it," Ball said. "Obviously something needs to be addressed this summer.

A lot more leg workout as opposed to probably upper body. I'm going to work with the doctors and the strength coaches and do what I've got to do to get healthy." Ball played 35 games for Chicago Bulls in his first season, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 42.3% from 3.

"It's very frustrating," Ball said of the way his season ended. "This year, we had a lot of promise I felt like. And we had a lot of goals that I don't think were met, mainly due to a lot of health issues.

You can't change the past. I think everything happens for a reason. For me, it's now about moving forward and getting ready for next year."