The Chicago Bulls have made it official: Lonzo Ball will miss the rest of the 2021-22 season with a knee injury.
Injury Update: Lonzo Ball will not return for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
He will continue daily treatment and rehabilitation in preparation for the 2022-23 season.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 6, 2022
Things started to trend this way before last night’s game when multiple reports shared the Bulls would meet with Ball’s camp to discuss the next steps in his rehabilitation process. Unfortunately, Ball has yet to respond positively to the ramp process after his meniscus surgery in January, suffering pain and discomfort each time he’s tried to take the next step.
Heading toward the playoffs, the confirmed absence of Ball undoubtedly lowers this team’s ceiling. While he may not be viewed as one of the top-3 players on this team, he is the roster’s most consistent two-way force. His presence as a distributor and transition threat was almost as impactful as his perimeter defense and rebounding from the guard position. We’ve already seen how much this team has struggled with him on the sideline, and it’s heartbreaking to know fans will not get a chance to see him back on the floor until next October.
Get well soon, Zo.