Lonzo Ball - Lonzo Ball has been battling some knee issues over the last year or so, and he has an opportunity to get back healthy within the first few games of the season. The Lakers have Rajon Rondo to full in for the meantime, and even if the Lakers take it easy with Ball at times, that would mean a larger workload for Rondo and then some point forward for LeBron James. Ball should be fine in the larger picture for the year, but there is maybe some small concern with the knee injuries.
The Lakers have had a lot of stars in their time, and going back to the Kobe era, one of his sidekicks Derek Fisher had a stress fracture that caused him to miss sixth months. He had the same injury later on in 2001. Shaquille O’Neal had to have surgery on his toe twice in 2001, which had him miss about a total of twelve weeks combined. Andrew Bynum had a dislocated knee cap, which had him miss eight weeks back in 2008. Bynum would continue to have knee troubles, especially with continuous surgery to remove debris.
A year later, Pau Gasol started to have some injury troubles, with ligament damage in his left hand. Gasol missed a few months with surgery. In 2010, it was more bad news for Bynum, as he tore ligaments in his knee. The bigs continued their trouble with injury, as the Dwight Howard saga started in Los Angeles. He tore his labrum in his right shoulder, which caused him to miss a good portion of the season. Gasol later tore his plantar fascia, and had some knee tendinitis. In 2013, the dreaded Kobe Bryant injury happened. He tore his Achilles tendon, and was going to miss the 2013 season. The next year, Julius Randle was a rookie coming into the 2014 season and he fractured his tibia within the first week of the season. Randle was able to come back and get back to 100%.
Bryant’s age started to show in 2015, where he tore his rotator cuff in the middle of that 2015 season. Bryant would return for his retirement send off, and finish out a hall of fame career. In more recent Lakers years, they have been somewhat healthy. Larry Nance was a role player for the Lakers, and fractured his hand, which required surgery. Josh Hart was a similar role player and broke his hand. As Isaiah Thomas was being shopped around and going from team to team via trade, Thomas was still dealing with the hip injury that he was going for surgery on most off-seasons.