NEW ORLEANS — Rookie Lonzo Ball says he’ll return from a sprained left MCL damage subsequent Friday in opposition to Dallas within the Los Angeles Lakers’ first sport again from the All-Star break.
Ball, who will miss his 14th consecutive sport on Wednesday in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans, mentioned on Wednesday that he may play proper now if this have been the playoffs. As an alternative, he’ll use the additional week throughout the All-Star break to get out any lingering discomfort within the knee. Ball, who sustained his damage on Jan. 13, won’t play in Friday’s Rising Stars sport.
“I practiced yesterday, [and] it is at a degree the place I can play however it nonetheless hurts just a little bit,” Ball mentioned after the group’s shootaround. “So that they need to simply get that out and take this week and we’re enjoying good proper now, so no have to rush it.”
Ball mentioned he “undoubtedly” expects to be again within the Lakers’ first sport in opposition to Dallas and that if he performs and suffers no setbacks, he expects to play the next evening at Sacramento as a part of the back-to-back.
Ball mentioned he nonetheless feels some discomfort when he pushes off on his knee, particularly when he’s practising sliding defensively. However he expects that to progress with one other week.
Although Ball will miss a complete of 15 video games coming into the All-Star weekend, the rookie has had loads occurring his life. Ball is anticipating his first baby along with his highschool girlfriend.
“Not but,” Ball mentioned when requested if his life has modified dramatically but. “In all probability will when [the baby] will get right here.”
Ball additionally mentioned he had no response to feedback made by his father, LaVar, that detailed a plan by which the purpose guard won’t re-sign with the Lakers when his rookie contract is up except the Lakers ultimately signal his two brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo.
Ball reiterated that he simply sticks to enjoying basketball it doesn’t matter what headlines his father creates.
“I did [see it],” Ball mentioned when requested about LaVar’s feedback to a Lithuanian reporter. “No response [to it]. Like I mentioned, I all the time simply play. He all the time talks. It is all the time been the identical method.”