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Lakers news: Lonzo Ball ramps up activity, won’t play against Nuggets

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The second-year point guard has continued to take steps forward in his recovery from offseason knee surgery.

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Los Angeles Lakers second-year point guard Lonzo Ball has continued to progress in his recovery from offseason arthroscopic left knee surgery over the last few weeks.

Head coach Luke Walton has once again discussed Ball’s health stating that the 20-year-old has stayed on the path of ramping up his physical activity participating in four-on-four scrimmages, but won’t be on the floor for Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.

Although he won’t be able to play on Tuesday night, he has continued to make steps forward in his recovery that has seen him continue to work toward being able to take on more of a workload on the court. The Lakers have continued to speak highly of Ball’s participation in practice with that have been quite encouraged about how he has performed on the practice court over the last few days. 

In fact, LeBron James has voiced that Ball’s participation in training camp has amazed him as it doesn’t look to him that the UCLA product had undergone offseason knee surgery. Ball has spent much of the offseason bulking up his body in preparation to handle the physical rigors that come with going through an entire season. His teammates have voiced much praise about how he has looked physically over the first few days of training camp. 

Los Angeles has yet to put forth a timetable for his return, but his increased level of activity does bode well for him to be back in the fold possibly in the near future. Walton has continued to voice that there isn’t any pressure on Ball to be back by a certain point as it has already been declared that Rajon Rondo will be the starting point guard to being the year. In the meantime, this is another step forward for Ball to return to the court at some point in the near future. 

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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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