a knee that always creaks, and a threatened start to the season

The month of September has just begun and on the sidelines of EuroBasket 2022, the training camps for NBA teams are preparing. Unfortunately, on the Chicago side, a big name should be missing: Lonzo Ball, still embarrassed by his cursed left knee.

January 14, 2022. You have to go back to January 14, 2022 to get a trace of Lonzo Ball on an NBA floor. And we'll probably have to wait longer than the opening of next season in mid-October to see him again. Indeed, according to insiders Jamal Collier and Ramona Shelburne ofESPN, the leader of Chicago is still embarrassed by his left knee, he who had passed on the operating table at the beginning of the year to remedy a tear in the meniscus. Pains that prevent him from progressing properly in his rehabilitation, pains that should completely prevent him from being able to participate in the next Bulls training camp (end of September). And who says training camp in the infirmary necessarily says start of the season on the sidelines. How many games will he miss? When will he really be able to play again? These questions remain unanswered for the moment, and the level of concern is inevitably rising on the side of the Windy City. Bulls boss Arturas Karnisovas certainly insisted that Lonzo was "progressing" in his rehabilitation process, but it's hard not to look bad if you're a Chicago fan. Even more when you are aware of the importance of the guy in the success of the Bulls.

Arriving in Chicago during the 2021 offseason, Lonzo Ball wasted no time in making his contribution in his new jersey. Remember the Bulls' exceptional start to the season before the train started to derail in early 2022? And bah Lonzo was one of the big reasons. Terrorizing opposing forwards alongside divinely bald Alex Caruso, shooting over 42% from the parking lot (career high please), and feasting on the pass to help the new-look Bulls find their offensive balance, the sonny de LaVar was quick to justify his new four-year, $80 million contract. Playmaking, shooting, defense, so many elements that the Bulls will sorely miss during the first deadlines of the 2022-23 campaign, they who will want to come back with revenge after the end of the season in a fishtail last year (4-1 elimination in the first round of the Playoffs against Milwaukee). An absence all the more regrettable as the Eastern Conference promises to be very hardcore, even more so with Cleveland – in the same division as Chicago – which has just secured the services of All-Star rear Donovan Mitchell…

A knee that is struggling to recover after a torn meniscus, clearly we don't like that too much. The eight-week absence that was originally planned has turned into an eight-month absence and it is still unclear when Lonzo Ball will be able to retest the orange ball. To Coby White, Goran Dragic or even Ayo Dosunmu of step-up to best compensate for his absence.

Source texte : ESPN