The Chicago Bulls are currently the 11th team in the East with a lacking 11-16 record.
Compared to last season, they are vastly different and, sadly, vastly worse too.
Last season, they were well on their way to the playoffs at this point and that currently isn’t the case.
Of course, the Bulls are suffering a lot more than they should be because injuries have really slowed the team down and hurt their chances.
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But the misery caused by injuries might not be over yet.
Speaking on ESPN, Adrian Wojnarowski opened up about star player Lonzo Ball and his long battle back to the court because of a knee injury.
The outlook doesn’t sound very promising:
“There are no guarantees, I’m told, that [Ball] plays at all this season. He’s rehabbing that knee now, he still has some pain in it.”
When the season started, Bulls fans thought they’d be seeing their favorite guard on the floor soon.
But as time went on, that seemed less and less likely.
At this point, many people have lost faith that he will be back at all in 2022-23.
Banged Up Ball
The fact that Ball is still facing some pain is not good at all and suggests that he really might not play at all this year.
Ball needs to feel zero pain and be able to move with speed in order to be given the go-ahead to suit up, otherwise, he might end up hurting himself again – perhaps permanently.
Woj noted that the hopes are that Ball is feeling better around the All-Star break in February.
That will be when the team reassess Ball, his status, and his future.
Until then, the Bulls will be facing other challenges and will be missing Ball and his output dearly.