LaMelo Ball and Hornets Impressing Bulls Legend: “Michael Jordan Is Happy. I Think He Likes the Direction We’re Going.”

Published 11/27/2021, 10:04 PM EST
Nov 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LaMelo Ball has arguably been the spark of new hope at the Charlotte Hornets. Especially, for the NBA legend and Hornets owner, Michael Jordan. The reigning Rookie of the Year has impressed every NBA analyst ever since the Hornets drafted him into the league. Consequently, according to Hornets GM Mike Kupchak, even Jordan is optimistic about what Ball has brought to the team. Gone are the days when the franchise regretted trading Kobe Bryant in the 1996 draft. Since Kobe, several legends like Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues have played for the Hornets. However, what LaMelo Ball has brought to this team is something unique.

Oct 24, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) looks to drive past Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Jordan is delighted and impressed with LaMelo Ball


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According to the NBA website, Hornets GM Kupchak can not stop raving about LaMelo Ball and what he has brought to this team. And as per Kupchak, even Michael Jordan agrees.

He said, “I do know Michael is happy.” talking about the impact of Ball on the team. He further added, “I think he likes the direction we’re going”. 

And indeed, Ball has impressed almost every analyst and supporter. Hence, they will agree that what he has brought to the franchise is special. His vision, passing skills, athleticism, and unconventional methods of play. Whatever he has brought to the team has yielded better results not just for him but also for his teammates.


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What does this mean for LaMelo Ball and the Hornets?

The Hornets are currently playing an intense game against the Houston Rockets. And Ball is again nearing a triple-double. Clearly showing that Ball impacts all ends of the floor. Arguably, his passing is one of the many reasons why Miles Bridges is having a breakout season in terms of scoring.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is on stage during the unveiling of the 2019 NBA All-Star game logo and city, being hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina the next year, during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Recently, even Josh Giddey joined LaMelo Ball and LeBron James in an impressive record of 100 assists and rebounds in their first 20 games.


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Shows that ever since Ball was drafted, he started strongly. The reigning Rookie of the Year has many impressive records to his name, and that too just in his second season. Hence, indicating how crucial he is to the future of the Hornets.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.