Lonzo Ball will not play again this season.
The Lakers’ second-year guard has been shut down, according to a report from The Athletic.
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
Los Angeles has not announced this as of yet.
Lakers coach Luke Walton indicated Friday that Ball could sit out the rest of the season because he’s “not close” to returning to practice. According to Thet Athletic, Ball’s recovery could be shifted to focus on allowing him to get healthy so that he can participate in a full offseason.
Luke Walton is making it sound likely that Lonzo Ball will sit out rest of season. He has stressed he’s “not close” to returning to practice, and LAL would want a week’s worth of practice before putting in games. Goal could soon shift to getting him healthy for full offseason.
— Bill Oram (@billoram) March 8, 2019
Ball has not played since suffering an ankle injury in a loss to the Rockets January 19. He had been averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 2018-19 before the injury.
Los Angeles has 17 regular season games remaining as it sits 6 1/2 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff slot in the Western Conference.
The Lakers have suffered multiple injuries to key players this season, and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.
Los Angeles has lost four straight and will face Boston on Saturday.