• Lonzo Ball has been out since January 14 due to a knee injury
  • Bulls officials and Ball's representatives will have a meeting to talk about his status
  • Chicago head coach Billy Donovan comments on the point guard's condition

A prolonged injury could see a Chicago Bulls star sitting out the remainder of the season.

Heading into the playoffs, the Bulls are likely to not have Lonzo Ball in their squad.

Ball has been out of action since January 14 due to a knee injury. He had surgery to repair a slight meniscus tear in the same month and was supposed to miss just up to eight weeks but has remained sidelined longer than expected.

Now, it appears that there’s a possibility that Ball will be out for the rest of the season as he “continues to feel discomfort” in his knee, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

“Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is expected to be shut down for the remainder of the season. Ball has been rehabbing from meniscus surgery in late January, but continues to feel discomfort amid several recovery methods to return to action and a bone bruise in his knee,” he tweeted.

However, another report stated that while the Bulls have acknowledged that there has been a setback in Ball’s recovery, the team is still optimistic about having him back in the post-season, per ESPN.

According to the report, sources have told Adrian Wojnarowski that “no final decision has been made” yet regarding the point guard’s status.

A meeting between Bulls officials and Ball’s representatives at Klutch Sports will also happen “in the coming days” to discuss the matter.

The recent statement from Bulls head coach Billy Donovan, on the other hand, somewhat echoed Wojnarowski’s report about Ball.

As per Donovan, things will be addressed once “everybody sits down and talks.”

"I would imagine in the next day or two we'll probably have a little bit more once everybody sits down and talks," Donovan said ahead of the Bulls’ Tuesday home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"It's disappointing from the standpoint you were hoping that the time he had off would help maybe propel him going forward to do a little bit more. But that certainly hasn't been the case,” he added.

Ball has started and played a total of 35 games for the Bulls this season.

In the said stint, “Zo” registered 13 points, five assists, and five rebounds per outing.

The Bulls are currently 6th in the East and still have three games left to play in the regular season.

Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan
Lonzo Ball #2 and DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls celebrate a shot made by Ball during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images