The Chicago Bulls have announced, on Thursday morning, that offseason signing Lonzo Ball will be out for the remainder of the season as he is still recovering from his meniscus 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
Ball hasn’t played for Chicago since mid-January and on the 28th of the month, he underwent surgery on his left knee to repair the meniscus injury. Since, he has been rehabbing to make a return but the player continues to experience pain with high-level physical activity.
Certainly, this is bad news for Bulls fans. The team has resented Ball’s absence in the last couple of months. Defensively, the Bulls were top-10 in Defensive Rating, and without him, they dropped down to 24.
In addition, Ball was having his best shooting season in his career with a 42.3 shooting percentage from the three-point line with 7.4 attempts per game. Along with Patrick Williams, Ball was their best shooter from distance.
Ball played 35 games this season and averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.8 steals in 34.6 minutes per game.
The Bulls have three games left in the regular season and are likely to face the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs.