Bulls' Lonzo Ball to have knee surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball (2) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. (Noah K. Murray/AP)

Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball has been diagnosed with a small meniscus tear in his left knee and will undergo surgery soon to repair the injury.

His recovery time is expected to be 6-8 weeks.

Ball is currently averaging 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in the 35 games he's played this season.

The Bulls, led by the additions of Ball and DeMar DeRozan, have emerged as a surprise contender in the Eastern Conference. They enter play Thursday in a virtual tie with the Miami Heat first place in the East with a 28-15 record.

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