NBA: Lonzo Ball to miss 6 to 8 weeks after knee surgery

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jan 21 2022 02:23 AM | Updated as of Jan 21 2022 03:54 AM

Chicago guard Lonzo Ball in action against the Orlando Magic on January 3, 2022. Kamil Krzaczynski, USA Today Sports/Reuters
Chicago guard Lonzo Ball in action against the Orlando Magic on January 3, 2022. Kamil Krzaczynski, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Chicago Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball, who has a small meniscus tear in his left knee, opted for surgery after two failed treatment plans and will miss 6 to 8 weeks.

Ball had surgery on the same knee to repair a similar meniscus injury while with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.

Head coach Billy Donovan said the first treatment option was a bust, because Ball's knee "didn't really respond," leading the team to seek another plan.

On Thursday, the plan had been changed to surgery.

Ball and shooting guard Zach LaVine will not travel on the team's 3-game road trip, which begins Friday at Milwaukee.

Ball, 24, sat out his 3rd consecutive game when the Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-104 on Wednesday night. His role was filled by a combination of rookie Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White. The Bulls also got Alex Caruso back in the lineup this week.

Ball is averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 35 starts this season, his first with Chicago.

Drafted No. 2 overall by the Lakers in 2017, he has career averages of 11.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 252 games (239 starts) with Los Angeles (2017-19), the New Orleans Pelicans (2019-21) and the Bulls.