In the wake of the NBA Draft and the beginning of free agency, the Chicago Bulls have shown what their intent for the future is. The squad is hoping that the movements they have made from the drafts will be enough to advance them. Moreover, the Bulls are hoping to avoid the problems (mostly injury) that prevented them from participating in the NBA Playoffs last season by preaching continuity.
He was out For Most of the Season
Point guard Lonzo Ball poses the biggest injury concern for the Bulls. Despite an initial prognosis of six to eight weeks of recovery time, Ball ultimately missed the remainder of the season after sustaining a torn meniscus in his left knee in January.
Rehab with Personal Trainer
This summer, Ball has been recovering with his own personal trainers while in Los Angeles, with the Bulls occasionally checking in. Bulls executive vice president Arturas Karnisivas gave a worrying update on the team’s anticipated starting point guard on Tuesday while chatting with NBA-TV about Ball.
The Bulls Statement
“He’s progressing. That’s as much as I can say. He’s getting better. Probably not at the speed that we would like. But he’s getting better,” Karnišovas said. “Hopefully, he’s going to be ready for training camp. That’s just our hopes.”
The Chicago Bulls are counting on Lonzo Ball to be a key component of their success.
The information on Balls injury undoubtedly puts the Bulls’ offseason moves in perspective. Furthermore, the two most important decisions the Bulls made this summer were the signing of seasoned point guard Goran Dragic and the selection of guard Dalen Terry with the 18th overall pick in the NBA draught.
It is obvious that the Bulls wanted to make sure they had insurance for Ball when you consider that plus the increasing possibility that Coby White will begin the season with the Bulls.
What happens in the bigger picture if Ball’s knee never fully recovers? Ball always expected to be the most significant addition that the Bulls made last summer because of how he projects into the team’s long-term direction, despite DeMar DeRozan’s contributions last season.
With the selection of Terry, the Bulls may have begun to change their long-term course if Ball’s knee is actually a long-term issue.
The team Doctors should be involved
The Bulls should perhaps consider using their own rehab specialist for Lonzo Ball, rather than letting him hire his own personal trainer. This way the coaches can better understand what they are dealing with and maybe it may speed up the recovery process.