Lonzo Ball has hit out at ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith for spreading fake injury news.
The Chicago Bulls point guard hasn’t played since he sustained a knee injury in mid-January last year. After initially having an operation on a partially torn meniscus, Ball has gone under the knife twice.
His future in the NBA is thought to be in jeopardy given the latest, with the 2017 second overall pick having announced that he will miss the entire 2023/24 NBA season.
Smith reported on this recently, claiming the player might never be the same as he can’t even get up from the sitting position.
“I don’t think he’ll ever be the same based off of what we are seeing and hearing and reading about,” the First Take star said. “I’ve heard that it’s even hard for him to get up from the sitting position… I’m really, really sad for him and I just hope that he is blessed enough to get his health back.”
Ball caught wind of the prognosis and took to social media to call Smith out, posting a video of himself sitting and getting up with a single leg.
“Stephen A., who are your sources bro? Please tell me who your sources are,” he said. “Come on man, come on man, you gotta stop yapping! And I actually like you man! I don’t even know you like that, but I like you! I’m coming back man, come on!”
While he can clearly put pressure on the knee and can stand up from a sitting position, despite what Stephen A. claims, the fact remains: Lonzo Ball won’t be playing any basketball next season.
Still, it’s encouraging to see.
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