Lonzo Ball (knee) will restart his ramp-up course of, Billy Donovan says.
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The Bulls shut down Ball and his rehab course of during the last 10 days after the UCLA product’s knee didn’t reply to his restoration program from a January knee surgical procedure. Donovan mentioned that though Ball is about to renew exercise, his ramp-up shall be gradual.
“With the amount of time that he had off to let things calm down, we’re not going to go 0-to-60,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan mentioned per ESPN.
Ball hasn’t performed since Jan. 14 and solely has 10 days and 5 video games to return earlier than the playoffs start. A return to the lineup throughout the playoffs as a substitute of the common season hasn’t been dominated out, nor have the Bulls selected ruling Ball out for the season. They haven’t informed Ball that there isn’t sufficient time for him to finish his ramp-up. Above all, Ball’s well being will decide his standing, and the Bulls are nonetheless optimistic he shall be able to return.
“[Ball’s] the driver behind a lot of this; he really wants to play,” Donovan mentioned. “He wants to get back to playing. Obviously, he’s also going to be smart in terms of how he’s feeling. He’s going to be realistic, and the doctors are going to put their heads together. Certainly, every day that goes by and time that passes by, we’re moving closer and closer ’til the end of the season.”
In 35 appearances, Ball averaged 13.0 factors, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists whereas capturing 42.3 % from distance on 7.4 makes an attempt per recreation. Since Ball’s harm, the Bulls are 18th in offensive effectivity and twenty fourth in defensive effectivity, per NBA.com.
“We’d have to see some significant progress that he’s made physically so that we feel good he can go in there and play and contribute and help,” Donovan mentioned. “But I haven’t gotten anything [from team doctors] close to shutting him down or anything like that.”