Lonzo Ball will continue his rehabilitation from a torn meniscus, which occurred in January 2022, throughout the 2023-24 season.
Unfortunately, due to setbacks in his recovery, he will miss his second consecutive full season with the Bulls.
Ball recently expressed sympathy for the Bulls, acknowledging that they had built a strong team around him to maximize his unique skills. This was evident by their successful start to the 2021-22 season, where they held the top spot in the East before Ball’s injury.
Since then, the Bulls have struggled to replace him and will face an uphill battle in the upcoming season to secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Updates on Ball’s knee condition have been mostly negative in the past two years.
On Tuesday, Stephen A. Smith mentioned on First Take that Ball reportedly struggles to stand up after sitting down, further indicating the challenges in his recovery process.
Similar reports a year ago mentioned Ball experiencing discomfort when going up and down stairs. Despite these setbacks, Ball remains adamant about returning to the court in the future.
In response to Smith’s update, Ball shared a video on Twitter, demonstrating his ability to stand up and sit down multiple times using only his injured left leg. He urged Smith to check his sources and “stop yapping,” as he disagreed with the update.
Interestingly, this controversy follows another instance where an athlete, Stefon Diggs, took to Twitter to refute a report from Stephen A. Smith stating that he wanted to leave the Buffalo Bills.
Stephen A. Smith didn’t hesitate to address the numerous trolls who reacted wildly when Lonzo responded.
Stephen A. Smith sends a message to Lonzo Ball
“Bro, you ain't healthy.”
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) August 23, 2023
Although it appears that Lonzo has a long road ahead before returning to the court, his most recent surgery seems to have alleviated the persistent pain he has been experiencing.
This is hopefully the initial stage in his complete recovery, even if it takes longer than expected.
Stephen A. Smith acts like a petulant child.
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