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Lonzo Ball | Guard | #2

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 10/27/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 190
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (2) / LAK
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Lonzo Ball had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday.
The Lakers announced that Ball is "expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 2018-19 training camp." We should get a better idea of when he'll return to basketball activities in the coming weeks. The Lakers will have an open competition for the starting point guard role, but Ball should be able to beat out Rajon Rondo. Jul 17 - 8:03 PM

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Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday.

His left knee is the knee that kept him out for two different long stints during the season with an MCL sprain and a contusion, and this is the same knee that reportedly has a torn meniscus. Arthroscopic knee surgery can have a fairly quick recovery time, so Ball could still be 100 percent for camp just like general manager Rob Pelinka said earlier this week.
Jul 13 - 6:03 PM

General manager Rob Pelinka said Lonzo Ball (knee) will be ready for camp, but his management team is evaluating options for treatment on his knee.

In other words, we don't know if Lonzo is going to have surgery on his knee. Last month, Shams Charania reported Lonzo has a tear in his meniscus, but Lonzo was at summer league without anything visible on his knee. The Lakers are usually open with their injuries, so it's somewhat unusual that we don't know what the plan is for Ball yet.
Jul 11 - 2:31 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) is "ready to compete" for minutes this season, a source told Bill Oram of The Athletic.

We're still waiting on the details on his reported torn meniscus in his left knee. Ball is expected to be healthy for camp, but of course the focus is now on Rajon Rondo joining the Lakers on a one-year, $9 million deal. The Lakers presumably aren't done this offseason based on how they've racked up one-year deals and still have all of their younger key pieces. Ball did show promise before his knee injury, so he could be a solid pick in the middle rounds of drafts next year. His ADP could rise if he's dealt, too.
Jul 4 - 3:40 PM

Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Well, that's not good for his trade value. The good news is Ball is expected to be ready for training camp, but the bad news is that the injury is to the same left knee that kept him out at the end of the season and around the All-Star break. For what it's worth, an MRI on Mar. 29 only showed a contusion, so hopefully this is something minor. This adds another dynamic to the top team to watch next month, so expect a ton of updates.
Jun 29 - 6:23 PM

Magic Johnson is encouraging Lonzo Ball to be more aggressive in the Lakers' offense next season.

"I broke down his game," Magic said. "You’re going to see a different Lonzo Ball." Johnson also commented on the muscle mass that Ball has been able to add this summer and said that he wants the young guard to be able to make it through at least 70 games next season after only making it through 52 his rookie year. Ball has a lot of potential in fantasy hoops, but his value will be dictated by what the Lakers do during free agency.
Jun 26 - 3:43 PM

Lonzo Ball has been "the one constant" on a potential piece to go to Cleveland in a LeBron James sign-and-trade deal, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

That makes sense for the Lakers because the Spurs are reportedly not likely to deal for him. Ball is still recovering from his PRP treatment in his knee, but he should be ready to roll for training camp. Expect plenty of LaVar Ball talk in the coming weeks.
Jun 16 - 9:04 PM

The Spurs are unlikely to acquire Lonzo Ball in a potential Kawhi Leonard trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

"Don't hold your breath," Woj said. He added that the Lakers having interest in Kawhi is a lot like how the Lakers had interest in Paul George, which makes sense because Kawhi and PG both were heading into a contract year when trade requests were announced. Maybe the Lakers can somehow work a three-way deal, but it's no secret that the Ball family likes Los Angeles.
Jun 15 - 3:14 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) said he is "100 percent and fully healthy."

Ball, who missed the final two weeks of the regular season, had a platelet-rich plasma shot to treat and strengthen his left knee and stayed off the knee for about a month. He said he was able to resume basketball-related activities on the court last week. "I just got back [on the court]," Ball said. "But I have been lifting weights. Nothing stopped me from doing that. I just got back on the court though, but everything is feeling good."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 12 - 10:21 AM

LaVar Ball blamed the Lakers' training staff for Lonzo Ball's injury issues during his rookie season.

We hadn't heard from LaVar in a little while, but the circus is back in town. "If you’re going to be doing those [workouts with] rubber-bands like that dude Gunnar [Peterson] has him doing, that [is] bullsh*t training. That’s what I call it," said the elder Ball. "Sh*t, he wasn’t like that when I brought him over there. When he first came [to the Lakers], he never got hurt. He was never hurt." Cleary, Ball believes he is more knowledgeable on training athletes than the Lakers' head trainer. L.A. will do their best to ignore this nonsense.
May 26 - 10:37 AM

Kyle Kuzma said that Lonzo Ball has been hitting the weights hard since the Lakers' season ended.

"Consistency in the weight room, that is the biggest thing," Kuzma said of what he has seen out of Ball this offseason so far. "He has been in there pretty much every day I have been in here around this time. You can tell he is taking the weight room a lot more serious and that is going to help him by allowing him to recover faster and hopefully next year be on the court more because of that weight room." Ball missed 30 games his rookie year, so hopefully, bulking up some will help him stay on the court more during his second NBA season.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 12:12 PM

Magic Johnson said that Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma will not play in the Las Vegas Summer League.

This is disappointing news for fans of Summer League action, as we won't get to watch two of 2017-18's exciting rookies this July. It's also somewhat surprising considering that Ball said he would play if asked, and that he could use plenty of reps to improve his shooting. Lonzo did say that he didn't plan on making any changes to his jumper during the offseason.
Apr 13 - 2:03 PM

If the Lakers want him to, Lonzo Ball said he'll play in summer league.

Ball also said he's not planning to change his shot and he'll continue to get reps up. He added he'll try to get stronger and work on scoring as a whole. After a stat-stuffing month before he got hurt, Ball could become a top-30 pick in standard leagues.
Apr 12 - 7:19 PM

Lonzo Ball (left knee contusion) is out for Wednesday against the Clippers, per the game notes.

He did do some shooting drills on Saturday, but the Lakers sound like they'll be holding him out. We'll save most of the offseason talk for another day regarding Lonzo, who is a heavy favorite to start on a better roster. With him out, that should get Alex Caruso and Tyler Ennis minutes at the point.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 11 - 4:58 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) and Kyle Kuzma (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

It's the first game of a back-to-back set, so it's not surprising to see both these guys on the sidelines, but there's also a chance they'll sit out Wednesday's regular-season finale as well. Alex Caruso and Josh Hart will continue to start with both these guys out, with Tyler Ennis seeing some extended run with the second unit.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Lonzo Ball
2Rajon Rondo
3Isaac Bonga
SG1Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
2Josh Hart
3Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
SF1Brandon Ingram
2Lance Stephenson
3Luol Deng
PF1LeBron James
2Kyle Kuzma
3Michael Beasley
4Moritz Wagner
C1JaVale McGee
2Ivica Zubac