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Lakers news: Rob Pelinka says Lonzo Ball will be ready by training camp

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Los Angeles expects Lonzo Ball to be ready to go by the start of training camp in September.

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In the last several weeks, things have picked up on the front with second-year point guard Lonzo Ball‘s future with the Los Angeles Lakers. Much of that has centered around his health as it was revealed that he’s dealing with a torn meniscus in his left knee. 

Despite that chatter, the talk has remained fixated that he will be ready to give it a go by training camp in September. This is the same sentiment that general manager Rob Pelinka aired during his press conference on Wednesday morning. 

There doesn’t appear to be any concern about this injury lingering on, but Pelinka did voice that all he knows up to this point is that Ball will be fully ready to go by that point in the offseason. There was also no indication if the 20-year-old will require surgery to repair the ailment, which he stated would be something that Ball would truly know. 

He is dealing with an injury that typically requires surgery in order to experience a full recovery, but there is more than enough time for him to let it heal without the use of an operation. Keep in mind, Ball had elected to get a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee back toward the end of the regular season and had begun to work out a month after that point without any real concern about the health of his knee.

Ball had 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 that prevented him from putting together a more encouraging campaign. Ultimately, it is something to keep an eye as the offseason progresses along. 

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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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