Bulls' Lonzo Ball to Undergo Surgery on Knee Injury; Out 6-8 Weeks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 20, 2022

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 12: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Chicago Bulls walks backcourt during a game against the Brooklyn Nets at United Center on January 12, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bulls star Lonzo Ball will undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and will miss six to eight weeks.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic first reported the injury Thursday. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Ball "is expected to travel to California" for the surgery "in the coming days."

The guard is thriving in his first season in the Windy City. Through 35 games, he's averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists. He's on pace to set career highs in field-goal percentage (42.3) and three-point percentage (42.3).

The Bulls were one of the more ambitious teams in the offseason, adding Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso. While many expected Chicago to improve on an 11th-place finish in 2020-21, few envisioned the team sitting first in the Eastern Conference at 28-15.

Ball's contributions on both ends of the floor have played a role in the Bulls' overachieving.

Head coach Billy Donovan has had to cope without the 24-year-old for stretches. He entered the NBA's health and safety protocols in December, missing five games, and the lingering soreness in his left knee has taken him out of the lineup since Jan. 14.

While not on par with Ball as a playmaker, Caruso is another two-way guard who can run the offense in Ball's absence. Coby White has performed well in a backup role, too, and his usage figures to increase.