Charlotte Hornets’ Coach Unimpressed With LaMelo Ball, Father LaVar Replies to Criticisms

Published 01/24/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) looks on against the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Prior to the 2020 NBA Draft, LaMelo Ball was touted as one of the best prospects in the 2020 draft class. In fact, the Charlotte Hornets picked him with their third overall pick.

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While LaMelo has shown some signs of becoming a star in the future, he is yet to reach his full potential for the team. Additionally, the Hornets are taking it slow with Ball as he is coming off of the bench for the team.

Hornets head coach talks about cutting LaMelo Ball’s minutes

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Dec 27, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) passes during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at the Spectrum Center. Hornets won 106-104. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a sensational triple double vs the Hawks, LaMelo is struggling to keep up the same level of performance. In fact, in the Hornets’ last two fixtures, he is playing fewer minutes than his previous games. Coach James Borrego revealed the reason behind Ball’s lesser minutes in an interview. He said:

“If you’re turning the ball over five times in 16 minutes, that ain’t gonna cut it for me. If you’re doing that on the offensive end, you better be bringing something defensively.”

Playing consistently and limiting turnovers has been one of the biggest issues for the 19-year-old. He talked about what changes he is trying to make to improve his performances as well.

“Last two games, I don’t think I’ve been doing real well. I’m going to try to amp it up a little next game. Rushing a lot of stuff.”

Ball has agreed to be in a rough patch as this is something that will help him to grow as a player. The Hornets will definitely hope for him to improve his game and lead the franchise to an NBA title one day.

Should LaMelo Ball start for the Hornets?

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Dec 14, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) shoots during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

LaMelo’s father, LaVar Ball, has always had high hopes for all three of his sons. Even though LaMelo is in a tough spot right now, LaVar has a unique solution for this slump. He stated:

He ain’t happy with that, but he ain’t going to show that. My boys are not freakin’ role players. They’re superstars! Let them do what they do.”

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What are your thoughts on LaVar’s comments? Do you believe LaMelo Ball should start for the Charlotte Hornets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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