Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan admitted on Wednesday that the recovery phase of Lonzo Ball is undertaking such vague progress.
Ball is yet to play this season after undergoing an off-season knee surgery.
“It’s been really slow,” Donovan said prior to the Bulls’ Wednesday matchup vs Phoenix Suns, per NBC Sports. “I’m just being honest.”
Ball took his second knee surgery last September after his rehabbing from torn meniscus back last season didn’t go well as planned.
Without the all-around point guard, the Bulls experienced hard times in defending the perimeter and distributing the rock. This season, the club is struggling with a 9-11 record.
“He’s working through more and more. But it’s not like I can give you any report, ‘Hey, he’s running, he’s cutting, he’s jumping, he’s doing individual skill work, the next step is we’ve got to get him some contact.’ To be honest with you we’re not even close to that,” Donovan said.
“Him working through the pain he was experiencing before, there has been improvement in that area, but they’re also trying to continue to build up strength because of the lack of time he’s had, so to speak, training.
“They’re constantly, like, all hands on deck, everyone is evaluating. There’s a lot of people that are involved in trying to help him.”