It was clear that the point guard was going to miss more time after injury and surgery but it wasn’t entirely obvious how much time that would be.
Some were hoping that Ball could be back towards the beginning of the season.
Well, the news from the Bulls has come down and those who were expecting Ball in the opening weeks of the new season will be disappointed.
Sources: There is confidence in Bulls guard Lonzo Ball's ability to return this season following left knee surgery on Wednesday that doctors believe addressed the issue. Ball is expected to miss at least a few months.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 29, 2022
Shams Charania reports that there is a confidence that Ball will be able to return this season following his surgery earlier in the week.
But he is definitely expected to miss at least a few months.
The wording of this report is suspicious and is raising a few eyebrows among Chicago fans.
Should followers of the Bulls prepare for perhaps an entire season without Ball?
Balling Without Ball
Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists during his 35 games with the Bulls last season.
His offense was particularly helpful for the team, as he was shooting 42% from the three-point line (a career-high) and was also shooting at the same levels from all over the floor.
He was also reaching new heights in terms of steals too.
Ball has become more comfortable with the Bulls than perhaps any other team he has played for.
He looks like the version of himself that fans have been wanting for years.
That’s why it’s such a shame that an injury has put a huge speedbump in his way.
He will be back but no one knows if he will perform as he has been or when his first game back will be.