clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Lonzo Ball opted to remove part of meniscus rather than repair it so he could come back sooner

New, comments

Lonzo Ball had two surgery options, and he made the decision that will allow him to return to the Lakers as soon as possible.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Lonzo Ball is about as promising as young point guards can get. The one concern at this point, though: His injury history. Idiots His critics spend all their time focusing on LaVar Ball’s antics, but really, if you want to harp on an aspect of the Los Angeles Lakers guard’s actual abilities, it’s his reliability that should be pointed out.

On a recent episode of “Ball in The Family,” Lonzo explained the thought process and situation involved with his offseason surgery to repair his knee. (Shouts to Silver Screen’s own Christian Svivas, who also writes for USA Today’s Lonzo Wire)

LaVar Ball asked his son about the surgery and Lonzo replied, “They’ve got to take it out. They said they could repair it but it would take me six months to get back. But, if they just take it out it will only take six weeks.”

I’m not a doctor, but I stayed at a Motel 6 once married one. According to my wife (Dr. Jennifer Irwin, PT, DPT) with the amount of information she has here, there isn’t additional risk from moving forward this way versus if Ball had opted for the route that would’ve involved the lengthier recovery period.

Again, this isn’t necessarily bullet-proof analysis because Jen doesn’t have access to actual medical records, but generally speaking, this option doesn’t usually create any additional risk of future injury. So at least there’s that.

This is where the Rajon Rondo signing makes so much more sense.

If Lonzo isn’t able to make a full recovery, or does but injures the knee again, or something else goes wrong, the Lakers have a legitimate starting-caliber point guard on the roster. And if Lonzo doesn’t deal with injury issues as he did in his rookie season, then the Lakers are deep enough to be able to do all kinds of things with the backcourt minutes. Here’s hoping we see the latter.