The Lakers second-year guard had been wanting into completely different choices to deal with a torn meniscus in his left knee, together with platelet-rich plasma injection remedy and over a month of relaxation.
Ball missed the ultimate eight video games of the season with a knee contusion after which sat out for one more month after the season in an try to let the harm heal and strengthen. Whereas he has been capable of deal with lifting weights and getting stronger, Ball hasn’t spent as a lot time on the court docket engaged on his sport as he would love as a result of knee harm.
As soon as wholesome, Ball can be competing with veteran Rajon Rondo, signed in free company, for the start line guard place. The Lakers have stated that the 4 beginning spots round LeBron James can be up for competitors in camp.
“I’ve told everybody when I took over the job and then we drafted him, the one thing that [Ball] was missing was a mentor,” stated Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations. “We actually did not have a mentor for him to actually educate him and assist him the way to play the purpose guard place.
“And now we now have one in Rondo that may actually take him by means of the way to learn defenses, the way to play and defend sure guys within the league on the place. Simply speak basketball to. So, that is actually going to be an essential 12 months for Lonzo and I believe Rondo will actually assist him out quite a bit.”
Now that final 12 months’s No. 2 total decide has undergone surgical procedure, the expectation is that Ball can be prepared for camp in late September with none issues.
“I do know he is evaluating along with his administration group quite a lot of issues,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka recently said. “The excellent news is all of the issues they’re evaluating as his choices have him 100 p.c prepared for coaching camp … We’re simply excited to know he’ll be 100 p.c out there for coaching camp.”