Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Lonzo Ball becomes second Laker to be shut down for season

Lonzo Ball becomes second Laker to be shut down for season

"This" being Saturday's news that Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will miss the rest of the season because of a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in his right arm.

Further tests on Friday revealed the diagnosis.

With nearly all of their young players dealing with some sort of injury and LeBron James on a minutes restriction, the Lakers are likely hoping a story like Ingram's can help this failure of a season go down a little bit easier.

On Thursday, coach Luke Walton said Ingram was experiencing pain whenever he lifted his right arm.

The most recent example of blood clots affecting a National Basketball Association career is Chris Bosh, who first discovered his in leg in 2015.

These five players should benefit the most from the minutes that have been made available recently and with the team seemingly no longer looking to win games.

Ingram will be another veteran presence alongside James as the Lakers (30-36) fight for the eighth seed, which is now held by the city-rival Clippers (38-29).

Bosh held out hope to be cleared to return to the court, but it wasn't worth the risk due to the severity of blood clots and how they can reappear at any time.

The second-year guard, who was just beginning to grow into his game beside LeBron James, has been shut down for the season, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. He seemed to turn a corner with his confidence, and this serious medical issue comes at the worst time for him. Last summer, Ball stayed off an injured knee to let it heal, only to have to undergo surgery later to fix a torn meniscus and not be able to use the offseason to work on his game.

Should absolutely everything be considered to make the Lakers a better team?

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