Lakers news: Lonzo Ball received platelet-rich plasma injection in left knee

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The second-year point guard had a PRP injection to help heal left knee during the tail end of his rookie campaign.

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Throughout the course of his rookie campaign, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball dealt with nagging injuries that limited his playing time on the court. 

It looks like Ball that level of discomfort in his left knee near the tail end of this past season led him receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection that he was able to resume basketball activities last month. This was something that Ball revealed on Monday that has made his knee feel better, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

I just got back [on the court],” Ball told ESPN at the Big Baller Brand Junior Basketball Association media day at Citizens Business Bank Arena, where he joined his father and brothers. “But I have been lifting weights. Nothing stopped me from doing that. I just got back on the court though, but everything is feeling good.”

“Just basically took time off [to let the knee heal],” added Ball, who played in 52 games and averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals as a rookie. “They [treated] it and it feels good now.”

The 20-year-old had missed the last eight games of the regular season due to a left knee contusion. The decision to undergo a PRP injection was likely made in order to help speed up the recovery in order for him to maximize the use of the offseason to work on his body and skill set on the court. 

Ball finished his rookie season averaging all-around numbers with 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per contest in 52 games played. This saw him record 24 double-digit scoring outputs along with 13 double-doubles and a pair of triple-doubles. However, he had his fair share of struggles with injury as he dealt with multiple leg injuries throughout the year. 

With Ball now being able to get back to participating in basketball activities along with continuing lifting weight should alleviate any concern with his health over the offseason. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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