The Chicago Bulls had a covid-19 outbreak, sidelining the majority of their roster, including their broadcasters. But one of the few unaffected players was Lonzo Ball.
The outbreak dug deep into the team's core, having Zach LaVine, Javonte Green, and DeMar DeRozan out at almost the same time. As a result of the player shortage, the NBA postponed two of their games, giving some of their players time to recover and rejoin the squad.
According to Bulls beat reporter Rob Schaefer, Lonzo credited his straightforward reason for not contracting the virus.
"I mean, I don't really do too much. I just play and go back home."
That in itself is a surefire way of staying safe, as he does not come in contact with a lot of people outside of the basketball court. With his teammates sidelined, Zo got a well-deserved rest and was ready to go against the Los Angeles Lakers in their first game after the postponement. Although DeRozan was the star in that game, Zo added 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Lonzo is having a belter of a season, solidifying his position as one of the key players in the franchise. With the team fully healthy, they could cause a major upset in the East.
Zo's shooting has always been a cause for concern for the guard, but he is much improved in that department. For the first time in his career, he is averaging above 40% from beyond the arc and his volume has not seen a significant drop.
So far this season, Lonzo is averaging 13.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.8 steals. The 24-year-old is growing into an elite two-way guard, and we love to see it. He is on track to become the first point guard to average 1.5 steals and 1.0 block throughout the season.
With his help, the Bulls are 19-10 this season and are ranked 2nd on the Eastern Conference standings. They are also in the top ten in both offensive and defensive ratings.