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Bulls Announce Significant Lonzo Ball Injury News

Chicago Bulls Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball and Tony Bradley.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 15: Alex Caruso #6 and Lonzo Ball #2 of the Chicago Bulls react to a play during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Earlier Thursday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball suffered a small meniscus tear in his left knee.

Initially, Charania reported that Ball might be able to play through the injury. He speculated that surgery would require Ball to miss up to six weeks.

Well, on Thursday afternoon, the Bulls announced an official update on their star point guard. According to the team, Ball will undergo surgery to repair the issue and miss up to eight weeks as a result.

"Following an initial period of rest and targeted intervention, Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to return in 6-8 weeks," the statement read.

Ball is averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in his first season with the Bulls. He leads the team in assists and steals while sitting in second in rebounds per game.

Chicago is tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference with the Miami Heat. It's been a surprising season for the Bulls - of which Ball has been a major part.

Without him on the floor, young point guard Coby White to step up.

Can Chicago keeps its momentum going? We'll find out.