Lakers: Lonzo Ball underwent ‘successful arthroscopic surgery’ on left knee
Lonzo Ball underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and the procedure was deemed a success, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles Lakers. The team additionally noted that Ball is expected to be fully recovered by training camp.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Lakers guard Lonzo Ball had successful arthroscopic surgery to his left knee today.
Ball is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 2018-19 training camp. pic.twitter.com/xUD7XdM3lf
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 17, 2018
Ball had a successful yet uneven rookie season with the Lakers during the 2017-18 NBA season. The 20-year-old averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in 52 appearances. Ball struggled with his shot, however, hitting only 36 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three-point range.
Ball will undoubtedly have to shore up his shooting touch to become a productive player at the NBA level. That said, his talent, potential and ability to see the court are undeniable.
The 20-year-old became the subject of some trade talk earlier this offseason. Rumors suggested that the Lakers suspected Ball’s knee issues were leaked to derail any potential deal. LaVar Ball, who many suspected of possibly orchestrating the dissemination of such information, has vehemently denied on multiple occasions he was the source of the purported leak.
All that said, Ball’s knee surgery all but assures he will be part of the roster surrounding newcomer LeBron James. Although his stranglehold on the starting point guard is not assured with the acquisition of Rajon Rondo. That battle will play out in camp, as Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka recently stated James is the only player on the roster assured of a starting spot.