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Growing apprehension surrounds the status of Lonzo Ball’s rehabilitation, as Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Originally slated to commence sprinting in January, Ball has yet to reach that stage in his recovery.

The Chicago Bulls point guard has been sidelined since January 2022, undergoing three surgeries on his left knee, with the most recent being a cartilage transplant in March of the same year.

“I don’t know if he’s stuck,” coach Billy Donovan said. “He is doing some shooting, some running, some jumping. He hasn’t done any sprinting yet, that I know.”

Donovan refrained from categorizing it as a setback.

“They talked about that, and (sprinting) was kind of a goal, a setpoint,” he said. “I do think the one thing that has been a priority right now so he does not get set back is he needs to develop more strength in his leg. Because of him having that surgery and being off his leg so long, before he’s really able to ramp up I think they want him to get to a place physically that relates to his quad strength, hamstring strength, before he starts to really do that. I don’t want to say it’s a holdup, but that’s where they want to get him to. In terms of what he’s doing, he feels better.”