Ball reportedly has a Grade 3 left ankle sprain with a torn ligament. He scored 19 points in his debut, which made history as the highest-scoring first career game for a Lakers player since Nick Van Exel had 23 points in 1993. "And where we're at now, and not looking like he's close to being able to play yet, then, it's nearly getting to the point where the true value comes from, 'Let's get him as healthy as possible so he has however many months this summer to really expand and keep working on his game'".
Ingram has been diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis in his ailing right arm.
Having Ball on the bench for the rest of the season obviously isn't ideal, but the Lakers aren't playing for anything more than their pride at this stage of the season. The condition usually occurs in legs, but can occur in the upper body. The Lakers recently shut down forward Brandon Ingram and guard Lonzo Ball. "So like I said, he's not close to that", Walton reiterated. "I'm just finding out a lot of it myself".
Prominent athletes such as Chris Bosh and Serena Williams have been affected by blood clots in recent years.
Ball recently had been seen doing some shooting without jumping and dribbling exercises on the court.
"I think they need to explore trading LeBron for as much as they can", Van Gundy said on ABC's Lakers-Celtics broadcast. Kyle Kuzma also missed his second consecutive game Saturday night after rolling his ankle last week. Injuries have continued piling up, ruining any real chance the team had to play in the postseason.
Ingram, who initially made headlines when he received his first National Basketball Association call-up after playing most of his career in the minor leagues, will return to Los Angeles for a second stint with the team after spending the season with G League affiliate South Bay Lakers.