Lonzo Balls to Play after NBA All-Star, Recovering from Sprained MCL

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is not yet playing for his team, until after the upcoming All-Star games because he is still recovering from his sprained MCL.

The confirmation came on Tuesday from the Lakers head coach, Luke Walton.

According to the shared information through Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Ball already practiced with the team, but they are not forcing him to play already due to “little bit of discomfort” as stated by their head coach.

With his current recovery stage, Walton likewise stressed out that their rookie point guard might not be able to complete for the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.

Since he obtained his MCL injury, Ball missed already 13 games for the team since January 13, 2018. If he fully recovered after the All-Star break, his best chance to play with the Lakers against the Mavericks would be on February 23.

The 20-year-old Ball since joining the Lakers had been dealing with his previous shoulder pain, besides his latest sprained MCL. This is the reason why he had been missing games and not been able to help his team lately, especially now they have new teammates after the departure of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

The Lakers traded both players in exchange for Isaiah Thomas Jr. Channing Frye from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I didn’t think it was going to be this serious, to be honest. … There was never a timeline for it. It was kind of just a thing that came up. I thought it was going to be dealt with quicker, but obviously my body didn’t react to it that well. I should be back hopefully soon,” said Ball last week as quoted by msn.com online. “It’s pretty tough. This is the most games I’ve ever missed in my whole life. … Just doing what I can to be a good teammate and support them,” he continued.


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