Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is healthy and back on the court after taking about a month off to treat and rest his left knee, on which he received platelet-rich plasma therapy, he told ESPN on Monday.
Ball, who played in only 52 games last season, missed the final eight games with what the team described as a left knee contusion.
"I just got back (on the court)," Ball told ESPN at a Big Baller Brand Junior Basketball Association event in Ontario, Calif. "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."
The Lakers hope that more strength will help the 20-year-old stay on the court. They also want him to develop into a more consistent shooter amid running the offense.
In his rookie season, Ball averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals in just over 34 minutes per game.
"Just keep working. As simple as it is, don't make it any harder than it has to be," Ball said of his summer goals. "For me, just getting in the gym and get better."
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