Report: Lonzo Ball could miss more time than six-week timetable due to bone bruise

Lonzo Ball
Jan 19, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is helped off the court after an apparent injury during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers season has been mired with injuries throughout. While the team has mostly gotten healthy for the last stretch run of the season, one notable player is still riding the pine.

Lonzo Ball suffered a sprained ankle against the Rockets in a game the Lakers would go on to lose in overtime last month. The initial diagnosis had the point guard requiring a four-to-six week recovery process but as he approaches the latter part of that range, the Lakers are reportedly concerned that he could miss more time.

Following via Tania Ganguli of the LA Times:

Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has been dealing with a bone bruise in his sprained left ankle that the team believes could extend his recovery past six weeks, according to two people familiar with Ball’s condition.

This is the latest example of the Lakers offering shorter timetables for injuries than what actually happens. LeBron James and Josh Hart have been former examples, as well.

Obviously, it’s not exactly clear how the second injury occurred and if it was preventable or diagnosable but it is a concerning trend nonetheless.

There’s no current timetable for when Ball could return to the court although the Lakers have said that

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