Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has been ruled out of the preseason finale against the LA Clippers, bringing his exhibition run to an end after just two games. The “minor” ankle injury that he suffered on Oct. 2 has wiped Ball out from participating in four games, which seems to be a bit more than “minor” if it has taken this long (and beyond) to get him back on the court.
Head coach Luke Walton was clear about what he wanted to see from Ball before clearing him to play.
“He'd have to show up and say that [his ankle] doesn't feel any worse. There's still no swelling in there. Any tenderness at all, or if it got worse at all, it's not worth in my opinion getting him in there. Again, we'll sit down with him and the training staff in the morning, and figure all that out,” Walton said after Ball practiced with the team on Thursday.
Apparently that wasn’t the case, and Lonzo’s preseason has come to an end. Expect to see more Alex Caruso, Tyler Ennis, and sometimes-point-guard Brandon Ingram handling the ball Friday night.
Hopefully Lonzo’s ankle is back to 100 percent before the season opener on Oct. 19, and soon enough for the team to get in some practice time with Ball fully cleared for scrimmages leading up to that.