According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Chicago Bulls are confident that guard Lonzo Ball will be able to participate in at least some games throughout the course of this season. This is a piece of information that might be interpreted as a glimmer of hope about Ball’s status.

On Wednesday, Ball had knee surgery for the second time in this calendar year; it is anticipated that he will be out of action for at least a few months as a result. When the Bulls announced a week ago that he will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, they also said that he would be re-evaluated four to six weeks after the procedure.

He and the team will evaluate how he reacts to the procedure over the following two weeks, and his comeback date will depend on how well his rehabilitation goes. On Tuesday, Ball expressed concern that he was unable to run or leap without experiencing discomfort. Late in the month of January, he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and as a result, he was unable to play for Chicago in any of the team’s last 42 games of the regular season.

Season not over for Lonzo Ball, but will miss few months after knee surgery

During that stretch of games, the Bulls had a record of 19-23, which contributed to their drop from first to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. He attempted to increase the amount of exercise he was doing and go back on the floor, but the discomfort in his knee continued.

The previous season was Ball’s best in terms of 3-point shooting percentage, as he hit a career-high 42.3 percent of his tries. He also helped Chicago’s transition game. However, his absence was felt more keenly on the defensive side of the ball.