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Lonzo Ball likely to miss start of 2022-23 season for Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are heading toward the 2022-23 season, hoping to build off their promising campaign. However, the Bulls will likely roll into the start of the year without point guard Lonzo Ball. He is still dealing with lingering pain after meniscus surgery on his left knee that he underwent in January.

 

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Ball’s recovery hasn’t gone as planned as the persistent issues may force him to miss training camp entirely, putting into jeopardy whether he will start the regular season. The Bulls have handled the situation cautiously as it could lead to other problems arising that would keep him off the court longer.

Although Ball is still experiencing issues, Chicago continues to voice that there isn’t any concern with the structural integrity of his knee after surgery. It’s a matter of him being able to move past the lingering pain that has prevented him from taking the necessary steps forward in his recovery.

Ball is in the second year of his four-year, $80 million deal he inked last offseason. He had looked like a strong fit with the Bulls due to his outside shooting, passing, and defense. In 35 games, he averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists while shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc.

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Chicago will allow Lonzo Ball to recover at a comfortable pace, while DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine will share the primary ball-handling duties like they did last year when the 24-year-old was sidelined.

The Bulls will have more clarity as the regular season moves closer in the coming weeks.

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