There has been a cloud of mystery around the condition of Los Angeles Lakers second-year point guard Lonzo Ball‘s health surrounding his left knee that has a torn meniscus.
The Lakers have provided clarity on the situation by announcing that the 20-year-old will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery next Tuesday.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday.
An update will be provided following the completion of the surgery. pic.twitter.com/jHPyQ0rQZS
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 13, 2018
It has been revealed a couple of weeks ago that Ball was dealing with the injury that he had been recovering from since the end of last season. It was an injury that required a platelet-rich plasma injection to help the healing process. He was able to resume working out a month after the procedure, but the decision to undergo surgery will keep him off the court for almost all the rest of the offseason as it marks the first time he has gone this route in his brief NBA career.
General manager Rob Pelinka had stated on Wednesday that he expects Ball to be ready to go by the start of training camp in September. It is likely he already knew that surgery was coming as he had avoided answering that question directly as he wanted things to play out first. There is still plenty of time for Ball to have a full recovery from the ailment that should take the next several weeks.
Los Angeles is counting on Ball to be a major piece of the puzzle for next season where he will be in a competition for the starting job alongside Rajon Rondo. 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.