Lakers News: Lonzo Ball Cleared For Full-Contact, ‘Happy’ To Be Back On Court & Pain-Free
Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers training camp
Darrell Ann-LakersNation.com

The Los Angeles Lakers asserted Lonzo Ball was 100 percent healthy and recovered from offseason knee surgery but he nonetheless was held out of the first 5-on-5 scrimmage and contact as training camp opened at UCLA Health Training Center.

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH ????????????

Ball estimated he missed roughly five months of court time because of knee trouble and while recovering. Naturally, there was rust and some fatigue as he worked through the entirety of practice, but he was pleased to be on the court.

“Got through the whole practice, did everything today,” he said. “Obviously, I was a little tired but I’m happy to be back. I wouldn’t really say anything was hard. It was kind of just making sure there wasn’t pain. I felt good.”

Although the restrictions have been lifted off Ball, he won’t play in the Lakers’ preseason opener on Sunday night. “Just take it day by day,” Ball answered when asked if he had a target date in mind.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton was pleased with what he saw from his second-year point guard. “It was good to see him out there cutting and making his reads, his passes,” Walton added.

Ball’s first full-contact practice had him participating in a controlled scrimmage setting. That entailed going up against a team led by LeBron James. “He was hitting shots from all over the court today,” Ball said.

“I wasn’t guarding him, but I was in help. It was a tough job.”

Are you following us on Instagram? We’ve changed our handle to @LakersNationOfficial! Find us on Facebook at @LakersNation, and on Twitter @LakersNation.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Lonzo Ball Has No Complaints About Sitting In 4th Quarter Of Win Vs. Suns

After three straight losses, and despite another slow start, the Los Angeles Lakers came out with a much-needed 100-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns…

Lakers Get Back To .500 After Defeating Nuggets At Staples Center

The Lakers came into this game below .500, thanks to George Hill…

Mike D’Antoni: A ‘Long Shot’ Chris Kaman Plays In Final Three Games

Following the 112-95 Laker loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers…

2018 NBA Awards: Kyle Kuzma Nominated For ‘Best Style,’ Lakers Tied To Dunk Of The Year Through Larry Nance Jr.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is a nominee for the ‘Best Style’ Award at the 2018 NBA Awards. The show…