Earlier this season, LaMelo Ball suffered a bone fracture in his right wrist, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. On Monday, the Hornets announced that Ball could return to basketball activities. After, he underwent evaluation, including a CT scan on Monday, by Dr. Michelle Carlson at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, that Ball could return within the next seven to ten days.
So how did Ball recover so quickly, according to former Los Angeles Lakers trainer, Marco Nunez four-weeks is very common.
Surprisingly, if you put a plate over a bone, that bone is more secure than any other bone. You are more likely to break any other bone than the bone they just put a plate on. So, when I was with the Lakers, we had Rajon Rondo also had a fracture, and he came back in four weeks or a little over four weeks. Larry Nance [Jr] had the same thing. So, nowadays, the surgery and the plate they put in players come back pretty quick. So, a four-week return for LaMelo is not surprising within that range,” said Nunez on Clubhouse in the Los Angeles Lakers Fan Club room.
“And I think he is actually four weeks out from his surgery. Now, is he going to be 100 percent? Is he is going to be able to get the shots up in a forward motion? That is then what you have to determine. You can have padding over his hand to protect it, but you have to give him some time to get back into game shape. He would take a week or two to get back in there. Fortunately for him and unfortunately for their opponents, four weeks is pretty normal for a broken hand.”
Before the injury, Ball was the clear cut favorite for Rookie of the Year, since then the has been to close the gap. When he returns, Ball is looking to pick up where he left off. Heading to the final stretch of the season.