Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss second straight preseason game with ankle sprain
By Bill Oram
LAS VEGAS – A sprained left ankle will force Lonzo Ball to miss his second exhibition game and could linger through the rest of the preseason, coach Luke Walton said on Sunday morning.
Ball attempted to go through practice on Saturday, but was “just limping around,” Walton said. He was quickly ruled out for Sunday’s matchup with the Sacramento Kings at T-Mobile Arena.
“If you can’t run and jump there’s no reason to fight through that,” Walton said. “We are just going to keep giving him treatment and he will be day-to-day.”
Ball will miss out on a return to the court in the city where he rose to stardom with an MVP performance at the Las Vegas Summer League in July.
The Lakers will play two more preseason games after Sunday: Against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday and versus the Clippers on Friday. Walton allowed for the possibility that Ball could miss both of those matchups.
“I hope not,” he said, “but yeah that’s a possibility. It is different with every player. He is new to the team so we got to see how long these types of injuries take him to come back from. We’d like to have him back but again we are not going to rush him back just to try to get him out there.”
Ball is expected to make his regular season debut on Oct. 19 against the Clippers.
“I assume he will be back by then,” Walton said. “If he’s not ready to play basketball and really cut and move and do everything that you need that ankle to do for you, we are not going to play him.”
The No. 2 pick in the draft, Ball’s rookie season has been met with unprecedented scrutiny and anticipation. In his first preseason game on Sept. 30 against Minnesota, Ball tallied five […]