Lonzo Ball injury update: Lakers say guard has MCL sprain, they won’t rush him back

The Lakers revealed Saturday Lonzo Ball is dealing with a minor MCL sprain.

Ball has missed the Lakers’ last six games since suffering what the team originally termed a “minor knee sprain” in an overtime win against the Mavericks Jan. 13. The recovery time for that type of injury is generally one to three weeks, so Ball’s return date is still uncertain, but head coach Luke Walton said the team will not rush him back.

Hynes’ take on his new forward was more effusive.

“He’s a menace below the tops of the circle,” Hynes said of Maroon.

The Jets (40-17-9) counter with a pair of forwards riding hot streaks — Patrik Laine, who is coming off a hat trick in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over the New York Rangers, has seven goals in his last three games and is second in the NHL with 38 goals, and Blake Wheeler, who has at least one assist in 11 of his last 12 games and was tied with Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek for the league lead with 57 assists.

This monetary incentive, along with the new pick-up format in which LeBron James and Stephen Curry selected their teams, should help ensure a more competitive game.

“I think guys will definitely take the game more seriously,” Celtics forward and Team Stephen member Al Horford said. “In the last couple of years, the games haven’t been good, and we’re all aware of that. Regardless of that, I think guys are going to come out and compete. But that’s a big incentive, for sure. We’re going to be diving for loose balls out there.”

Klay Thompson, another member of Team Stephen, agreed with Horford and said: “I think it will help, for sure. That’s a lot of money.”

After earning a spot on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team last season, Roberson was well on his way to an All-Defensive First Team selection this year after upholding his reputation as one of the league’s most outstanding wing stoppers. Roberson rightfully earned consideration for Defensive Player of the Year ahead of the All-Star break not only for his individual success, but also how his presence impacts his teammates.lions_047