New Orleans Pelicans: How worrisome is Lonzo Ball’s knee injury?

Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without Lonzo Ball in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a knee injury

Yesterday, New Orleans Pelicans were hit with some bad news, when the team announced this:

As you can see in the above tweet, Lonzo Ball is out against the Los Angeles Clippers due to Bilateral Knee Tendinopathy. Obviously, with many fans not knowing what that is, the biggest question everyone has is; how serious is that?

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How concerning is Lonzo Ball’s knee injury for the New Orleans Pelicans?

Luckily, Pelicans fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Mayo Clinic considers Bilateral Knee Tendinopathy as a common knee soreness that occurs in athletes due to overuse of those tendons in the knee.

That makes sense when thinking about Lonzo Ball as playing as a guard. As a guard, Lonzo often cuts with his knees to drive to the basket. Research suggests that injury occurs in a lot of NBA guards too.

This condition may also be the term for some minor soreness too. The Pelicans might decide that now is a good time to rest Lonzo if he’s dealing with any discomfort, so then he’s available later in the season.

The best news of all is the fact that Bilateral Knee Tendinopathy is unlikely to cause any other serious injuries, as long as Lonzo allows the soreness to go away. By giving Lonzo an extended period of rest by sitting him in tonight’s game, the Pelicans should be back to full strength come their pivotal match-up against the Lakers on Friday.

Who knows, maybe the Pelicans can even use Ball’s absence as an opportunity to experiment with their lineups more too. That’d allow Lonzo to return and play a role more suited for him then the one he’s played in recently.

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