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Bulls guard Lonzo Ball had meniscus transplant

Chicago Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball has spent the last two years sidelined due to a troublesome knee issue.

During a recent episode of his “The WAE Show” podcast, Ball revealed that his issues stemmed from first tearing his meniscus back in 2018 while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He then suffered reoccurring left knee problems that inevitably resulted in him requiring a transplant meniscus procedure.

“There was no more meniscus left, and bone on bone was rubbing,” Ball said via ESPN. “The cartilage was gone and the bone was messed up, so I had to get a new meniscus from a donor. I had to get a bone allograft, and I had to get some new cartilage put in as well.”


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Ball last played on January 14, 2022, before undergoing surgery to his left knee. A tthe time, he was expected to only miss six to eight weeks. However he wound up sitting out the rest of the season due to experiencing lingering pain while going rehabbing.

Things were further compounded when he underwent an arthroscopic debridement operation. As a result he was declared out for the entire season later in February 2023.


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Since being selected with the second overall pick in the 2017 draft, Ball hasn’t played in more than 63 regular season games and fell short of 60 games played all but once.

The 26-year-old is heading into the fourth-year, $21.3 million player option of his four-year, $80 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. There is yet to be a timetable for his return to the court.

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