The Los Angeles Lakers are not ready to rule Lonzo Ball out of their preseason finale against the LA Clippers on Friday just yet. Ball finally returned to practice with the team on Thursday, hitting the floor for the first time since spraining his ankle on Oct. 2.
Lonzo participated in everything but scrimmaging, which is a pretty big step considering he’s been out of action for so long. Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet also mentioned that Ball also did sprints with teh team after practice.
Head coach Luke Walton said he was “hopeful” Ball could play in the Lakers’ preseason finale, but that he wasn’t moving forward as if Lonzo would be in the lineup. He also said he wanted Lonzo to get a practice in before getting back into a game situation, and aside from the scrimmage, Ball did just that.
Will Lonzo play Friday? The Lakers are still listing him as questionable, wanting to see how he responds to putting his ankle through some stress testing via practice. Ball was non-committal about playing against the Clippers:
Lonzo Ball: “I felt good. Still a little bit of discomfort. Just trying to progress every day.” Says he’s not sure about playing tomorrow.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 12, 2017
Ideally the ankle feels just fine, giving the Lakers one last chance to have Ball running the show before the regular season begins. Lonzo also hasn’t had a chance to play alongside Brook Lopez, who could make a big difference in how the offense looks when the full starting lineup is on the floor.
Expect to hear more about his ankle in the hours leading up to the game on Friday, and hopefully it’s all good news.