Report: Lonzo Ball to miss remainder of season due to ankle injury

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 Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Lonzo Ball will miss the remainder of the season due to his ankle injury on Saturday. The point guard sprained his ankle on January 19th in a loss to the Houston Rockets. A bone bruise diagnosed later in the recovery process complicated Ball’s rehabilitation.

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes first reported the likelihood:

Ball finished his sophomore season playing only 47 games after appearing in only 52 during his rookie campaign. In his second year in the purple and gold, Ball averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from three.

On Saturday, the Lakers also announced that Brandon Ingram’s season will end early.

With the playoffs likely out of reach, the Lakers are smart to allow Ball to get fully healthy going into the offseason. The point guard was recovering from surgery last summer, disallowing him from working on his game. In a sense, the Lakers are deeming the offseason more important for Ball than the remainder of this lost year.

For the Lakers, this is just the cherry on top of an injury-plagued season. With Ingram and Ball shut down, the Lakers will have played their two young stars alongside LeBron James for a total of 23 games, during which they went 15-8. While injuries were not the sole reason for the disappointing year, they were clearly a major factor.

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  1. Q: Was he wearing crappy Big Baller shoes, like the time last season his shoe slipped and he messed up,his knee? LaVar Ball should pay back the Lakers for all those games Lonzo has missed. Maybe Lonzo can at least practice his free throws now (but don’t count on that, LOL).

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