In his sophomore season, Ball found himself becoming teammates with LeBron James, as the superstar forward made his move across the country for his first foray into the Western Conference.
Ball lasted one more season with the Lakers before he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade that also saw Brandon Ingram heading south.
During an August 31 appearance on CBS Los Angeles, Ball finally opened up on what it was like to share the floor with LeBron, and what he learned from being around arguably the greatest player of all time on a day-to-day basis.
“My favorite player growing up. You know, just being on the court with him and learn from him, you know, was a time in my life I’ll never get back, and I’ll never take for granted,” Ball said.
Ball is now considered to be a key component of the Chicago Bulls roster, after the team moved to acquire him during the summer of 2021, sending Garrett Temple, Tomas Satoransky, and a 2024 second-round draft pick to the Pelicans as part of a sign-and-trade deal.
Ball Expected to Miss Start of 2022 NBA Season
On January 14, Ball suffered a knee injury that resulted in a bone bruise and meniscus tear, causing him to undergo surgery. At the time, the impressive guard was expected to return in time for the playoffs, but due to some setbacks in the recovery process, he remained on the injury list as the Bulls came up short.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne, Ball is still not ready to return to basketball activities and is expected to miss the start of Chicago’s season – meaning he will also miss the entirety of their training camp.
“They thought they were going to have Lonzo Ball back. But, from what I’m told, he’s going to miss training camp and the beginning of the regular season because that knee that he had surgery on in January just – the knee is structurally sound. But he has the type of recovery and injury that – …read more