One of the most promising prospects in college basketball history from UCLA in the past decade has been Lonzo Ball, a skilled point guard. Before joining the NBA, many believed he could carry the Los Angeles Lakers forward, echoing the impact Magic Johnson made in the 1980s.
Interestingly, it was Magic Johnson, the very person responsible for drafting Ball during his tenure with the Lakers. However, fate had different plans, and Ball’s journey in LA didn’t unfold as anticipated. Despite occasional glimpses of his potential, he struggled to maintain consistent performance. Eventually, Ball was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, marking the end of his Lakers chapter.
“I’m going to play again,” Ball said Saturday.
Injuries dealt a severe blow to his career, sidelining him since the 2021-2022 NBA season. Doubts loomed over his return, but Ball dispelled those uncertainties at the Invest Fest in Atlanta over the weekend. The prospect of Ball making a comeback this season holds significant excitement. Notably, prior to his injury, the Chicago Bulls were enjoying a renaissance in their gameplay, partially attributed to Ball’s distinct shooting and playmaking skills. His rhythm on the court was disrupted by the unfortunate injury.
“For me, I know what I gotta do to get back. And I’m just on a path doing what I gotta do every day, taking it step-by-step. I don’t look too far ahead. I know in my near future that I will be back on the court for sure.”
Ball’s journey has been marred by a series of setbacks over the past few seasons, but there’s a collective aspiration for his resurgence. Despite being only 25 years old, he has faced adversity and emerged with a determination to regain his past form. The anticipation remains high for his return to the NBA court, hopefully sooner rather than later.