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Lonzo Ball of Los Angeles Lakers expects to return right after All-Star break

NEW ORLEANS — Rookie Lonzo Ball says he’ll return from a sprained left MCL harm subsequent Friday in opposition to Dallas within the Los Angeles Lakers’ first recreation again from the All-Star break.

Ball, who will miss his 14th consecutive recreation on Wednesday in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans, stated on Wednesday that he might play right now if this had been the playoffs. Instead, he’ll use the additional week in the course of the All-Star break to mitigate any lingering discomfort within the knee. Ball, who sustained his harm on Jan. 13, is not going to play in Friday’s Rising Stars recreation.

“I practiced yesterday, [and] it’s at a point where I can play, but it still hurts a little bit,” Ball stated after the crew’s shootaround. “So they want to just get that out and take this week, and we are playing good right now, so no need to rush it.”

Ball stated he “definitely” expects to be again within the Lakers’ first recreation in opposition to Dallas and that if he performs and suffers no setbacks, he expects to play the next night time at Sacramento as half of the back-to-back.

Ball stated he nonetheless feels some discomfort when he pushes off on his knee, particularly when he’s working towards sliding defensively. But he expects that to progress with one other week of relaxation.

Despite the truth that Ball will miss a complete of 15 video games coming into the All-Star weekend, the rookie has had loads happening in his life. Ball is anticipating his first youngster together with his highschool girlfriend.

“Not yet,” Ball stated when requested if his life has modified dramatically. “Probably will when [the baby] gets here.”

Ball additionally stated he had no response to feedback made by his father, LaVar, that detailed a plan by which the purpose guard is not going to re-sign with the Lakers when his rookie contract is up except the Lakers ultimately signal his two brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo.

Ball reiterated that he simply sticks to enjoying basketball it doesn’t matter what headlines his father creates.

“I did [see it],” Ball stated when requested about LaVar’s feedback to a Lithuanian reporter. “No reaction [to it]. Like I said, I always just play. He always talks. It’s always been the same way.”

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