CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Chicago Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball will miss the rest of the 2021-22 season and the upcoming playoffs as he continues to deal with pain after surgery to repair a torn knee ligament in January.
The Bulls announced Wednesday morning that Ball will continue daily treatment and rehabilitation of his left knee in hopes of being ready for the start of the 2022-23 season.
Ball suffered another setback in his recovery from his Jan. 28 surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee.
Ball felt some discomfort after trying to restart after a 10-day break, coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday.
“It’s disappointing from the perspective that you were hoping that the time he had could help propel him forward and do a bit more,” he said. “But it certainly wasn’t.”
Donovan said the next step will likely be a “meeting of the minds” in a day or two. And the possibility of Ball missing the rest of the season is “on the table.”
Ball hasn’t played since Jan. 14. He was a big reason the Bulls led the Eastern Conference for part of the season, averaging 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists after coming from New Orleans last summer. in a sign-and-exchange agreement.
The Bulls are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings, with a 45-34 record following Tuesday night’s loss to defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, despite earning their first playoff appearance since 2017.
The Bulls held off two-time All-Star Zach LaVine due to lingering left knee pain. They host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at the United Center.