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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 (knee) said he feels "good enough to play," but will sit out through the All-Star break and is planning on returning Feb. 23 vs. Dallas.
As expected, Ball will not compete in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Ball said he still feels a little discomfort when he pushes off the left knee on defense. However, he also told reporters that he would be playing now if these were playoff games. Ball plans to get in full-contact, full-speed practices before returning to game action. Feb 14 - 12:25 PM

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Lonzo Ball (knee) will not return for the Lakers until after the All-Star break.

Ball went through part of Tuesday's practice and "looked good," but L.A. will play it safe since he still felt "a little bit of discomfort." This also makes it unlikely that Ball will play in the Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend, but coach Luke Walton added that it's not his decision to make. Josh Hart and Isaiah Thomas should soak up Ball's minutes in L.A.'s upcoming back-to-back set.
Feb 13 - 3:31 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) was a limited participant in Monday's practice.

This is another step in the right direction for Ball, as he did everything in practice except the contact portion. The Lakers will practice again on Tuesday and will see how he feels before determining his status for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans. Even with Isaiah Thomas around, the Lakers have made it very clear that Ball is the starter, but we could see a lot of two-PG lineups.
Feb 12 - 4:16 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Lonzo will reportedly travel to Dallas with the team for Saturday's game; however, with the Lakers not practicing on the travel day, Ball is unable to get a practice in. Coach Luke Walton has stated that he wants Ball to put in some solid practice time before he returns to game action. Isaiah Thomas is expected to be available for Saturday's game, which means he will likely draw the start.
Feb 9 - 9:23 AM

Lonzo Ball (knee) will not play vs. the Thunder on Thursday.

He's almost certainly not going to make it back before the All-Star break as he recovers from an MCL sprain. Josh Hart has been the star of the show and should be owned in standard leagues as we head into the deadline.
Feb 7 - 3:04 PM

The Lakers are being very cautious with Lonzo Ball's knee injury and it sounds like we may not see him again before the All-Star break.

"We’re not going to rush him back," Luke Walton said. "Let’s say he’s ready to play … the last game (before the break, Feb. 15 in Minnesota) … At that point we’d probably say let’s give him an extra week and get him back afterwards." Ball also reportedly felt some pain in the knee recently and it feels like the Lakers aren't going to put him on the court until he's 100 percent pain free. If Josh Hart is still available in your league, go ahead and add him if you have room.
Feb 7 - 1:14 AM

Luke Walton said that while Lonzo Ball (knee) was still limited to non-contact work during Monday's practice, "he got a little more aggressive."

To be clear, Ball will not play Tuesday vs. the Suns, and he won't be allowed to return to the court until he gets in a full-contact practice, but he does appear to be making small steps in the right direction. Josh Hart has played well as a starter over the past two games, so he's someone to think about streaming, and Jordan Clarkson will continue to see an uptick in usage with the second unit.
Feb 6 - 2:35 PM

Lonzo Ball (left knee) is listed as out on the injury report for Tuesday's game vs. Phoenix.

This was expected, as Ball was unable to practice with the team on Monday. Josh Hart has started each of the past two games for the Lakers and has posted double-doubles in each contest. Hart is averaging 14.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 37.0 minutes over those two games. He's worth consideration as a streamer or DFS punt on Tuesday, assuming the Lakers confirm Ball is not playing.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 6 - 9:42 AM

Lonzo Ball is not expected to practice on Monday, so it's probably safe to rule him out for Tuesday's game vs. the Suns.

Ball tried to test the injury in Toronto earlier in the week and "felt something," so the Lakers will continue to be cautious. Until he's able to go through full speed non-contact drills without a problem, Ball will continue to sit out practices. Josh Hart will draw his second straight start at PG on Sunday and is coming off a double-double in his previous outing.
Feb 4 - 12:45 PM

Lonzo Ball (left knee) will miss at least the next two games.

He will miss Friday's game vs. the Nets and Sunday's game vs. the Thunder as the Lakers wrap up their five-game road trip. Ball hasn't returned to practice yet, but we keep hearing that he's making progress. They return to Los Angeles on Tuesday to take on the Suns, so maybe he makes it back for that one. Jordan Clarkson will continue to benefit in his absence and the Lakers will use this opportunity to showcase him for a potential trade -- they would like to clear as much salary as possible to prepare for free agency this summer.
Feb 1 - 1:40 PM

Lonzo Ball (left knee) will not play Wednesday against the Magic.

Ball has been making progress as his works his way back from an MCL sprain, yet the Lakers are taking a cautious approach to his return. Ball did not practice with the team on Tuesday, but has started testing his knee laterally with the trainers. He'll need to get in a full practice before he is cleared for game action. Jordan Clarkson will continue to see extended minutes in Ball's absence.
Jan 30 - 5:23 PM

Lonzo Ball (left knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Raptors, as expected.

"He's feeling better every day," said head coach Luke Walton. "[But] we are not making any plans as if he's coming back tomorrow." Walton added that the Lakers are in no rush to get Ball back, and he wants Ball to get in a full practice before returning to play. Jordan Clarkson has been the primary beneficiary with him out.
Source: ESPN
Jan 28 - 5:13 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) could return during Los Angeles' current road trip.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if within a couple days, a week, whatever it is, they say he’s ready to start practicing again," Walton said. "But we’re still training and approaching it as if it’s long-term." Ball is not expected to play on Sunday, but based on Walton's comments we could see him return as soon as Wednesday's game vs. the Magic.
Jan 28 - 11:03 AM

Lonzo Ball (knee) has been recovering from an MCL sprain and the team has been limiting his lateral movement.

We finally get some details on the injury. This type of injury usually requires 1-3 weeks on the sidelines, but lateral movement will be his next major step to a return. He's only shooting jumpers now and he's not going to play on Sunday. For now, his fantasy owners should consider him doubtful to play on Wednesday.
Jan 27 - 4:53 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) was getting shots up at practice on Saturday.

He is not expected to play on Sunday against the Raptors. Coach Luke Walton has also said Ball needs to go through a full practice before he's back in the lineup. After Sunday, Ball should be considered between doubtful and questionable on Wednesday in Orlando. Alex Caruso has stepped up the most while Josh Hart and Julius Randle also get more chances.
Jan 27 - 4:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Lonzo Ball
2Isaiah Thomas
3Tyler Ennis
4Gary Payton II
SG1Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
2Josh Hart
3Alex Caruso
SF1Brandon Ingram
2Corey Brewer
3Luol Deng
PF1Julius Randle
2Kyle Kuzma
C1Brook Lopez
2Channing Frye
3Ivica Zubac
4Thomas Bryant