As the Los Angeles Lakers’ once-promising first season with LeBron James grinds to a sad conclusion, yet another one of the team’s stars is being sidelined. Now, it is reportedly Lonzo Ball who is officially being shut down.
Ball has been out with a left ankle injury since January 19. He had been averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game, numbers down from his rookie year.
The decision reportedly comes after a re-evaluation by team doctors. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news via Twitter:
Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has been shut down for the remainder of the season, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Ball had his left ankle re-evaluated by doctors today and sides agreed on course of action.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 10, 2019
Lonzo Ball is the second young Lakers star to be shut down today.
He joins Brandon Ingram, whose situation is quite serious.
The former Duke star has been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, which occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the body’s deep veins.
He missed two games with the previously unspecified shoulder issue, before the team announced that he is likely done for the year.
The team is also limiting minutes for James, who had one of the longest injuries of his career earlier in the year. The team fell from the heart of the playoff picture to near mathematical-elimination in the time he was out and since his return.
At 30-36, L.A. is in 11th place in the Western Conference and seven games out of the final wild card spot.