Prior to joining the Chicago Bulls, Lonzo Ball played for his hometown team, the Los Angeles Lakers, after being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
In his sophomore season, Ball found himself teammates with LeBron James. This superstar forward has traveled across the country for his first conference appearance in Westerns.
Ball played one more season with the Lakers before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade, which also sent Brandon Ingram south.
During an appearance at CBS Los Angeles on Aug. 31, Ball finally talked about what it was like to share the floor with LeBron and how he was arguably the greatest player of all time on a day-to-day basis. Reveal what you have learned from your experience.
“My favorite player growing up. Being on the court with him and what I learned from him was a time in my life that will never come back and will never be taken for granted,” Ball said. Said.
A team moved to acquire him in the summer of 2021, sending Garrett Temple, Thomas Satoransky, and a 2024 second-round draft pick to the Pelicans for a sign-and-trade deal.
Ball expected to miss start of 2022 NBA season
On January 14, Ball suffered a knee injury that caused a bone bruise and a torn meniscus and underwent surgery. Several setbacks in the recovery process left the Bulls short, so they remained on the injured reserve list.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne, Ball is not yet ready to return to basketball activity and is expected to miss the start of Chicago’s season.
“They thought they would get Lonzo Ball back. Because the knee is structurally sound, but he has recovery and injury types – he went to a lot of specialists and they all tried to figure out what was going on with him – but , he still feels pain and discomfort in that leg.7 appearances on ESPN’s NBA Today.
Given Ball’s ability to adjust the offense, cut through open defenses, and stretch the floor with his vastly improved three-point shot, if the Bulls continue to have hopes of finishing high-seeded next season, Ball It depends somewhat on the performance of Make a deep playoff run. As such, being cautious about resuming Starguard activity is the most logical approach.
Ayo Dosunmu helps fill the void
As the Bulls prepare to start the new season without Lonzo Ball in the rotation, all eyes are on sophomore guard Ayo Dosumu. perfectly healthy.
Of course, Dosunmu is not a point guard (he scored more than 2) and is unlikely to play the role of Ball, but given his level of production, his performance is likely caused by Ball’s absence. It will go a long way in wiping out some of the decline. Luckily, Dosunmu appears to be up for the challenge. On Sept. 12, the second-year guard spoke in an interview with SportsZone Chicago about how he’s worked on his IQ in basketball and his ability to read the game.
“I watch a lot of movies, so try to be better in every way. Make sure you play the game the right way to do what you do.Protect, score, promote.Just be a better version of yourself…it’s all about the mind.You have a lot of work to do. In the weight room, we had a lot of film sessions. The NBA is a completely different game than college, so we have to prepare,” said Dosunmu.
Given that Ball’s greatest assets are his passing ability and floor reading, it bodes well for Dosunmu that he’s working on similar areas of the game. He will return to practice at the team facility. Until then, all eyes will be on Coby White, Alex Caruso and Dosunmu trying to start the season in Ball’s footsteps.