Much of the Los Angeles Lakers’ season has been defined by the development of its younger players, and in Lonzo Ball’s case, that has been somewhat derailed by injuries.
According to head coach Luke Walton, though, Ball is getting close to returning to the court. Ball participated in all of the team’s drills Monday at practice, needing only to return to full-contact practices.
Although the team did not issue a firm timeline for when Ball would come back, Walton did offer encouraging news.
“When we get here tomorrow, he's going to tell us how he feels, he's going to get treatment … do his warmup and his activations, and then we'll take it from there," Walton told reporters.
With Ball injured, the Lakers will likely lean on veteran Isaiah Thomas, who was just acquired during the trade deadline in a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ball has missed nearly a month with a sprained MCL.
Walton has jockeyed a number of players in and out of the starting lineup during that time. Josh Hart has been a solid contributor for the Lakers, and the team leaned on Tyler Ennis for a period of time. Some lineups even featured forward Brandon Ingram as the primary ball handler.
Ball has drawn a considerable number of headlines due to his outspoken father, but he has had a positive impact on the court when healthy. Ball was the youngest player to notch a triple-double earlier this season, and he’s received positive feedback regarding his passing and rebounding.
The next step will be to return from injury. For more Lakers news and tickets to select home games, keep it here on AXS.com.