LaMelo Ball Fires Indirect Shots at Ben Simmons and James Harden for Demanding Trades

Published 10/20/2021, 2:00 PM EDT


In today’s day and age, it has become quite common for basketball stars to switch teams. The market has vastly expanded, and now players are always on the lookout for better deals. Some of the latest stars who have been rumored to be on their way out, are the likes of Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving. Meanwhile, James Harden has also been under scrutiny for his infamous exit from the Rockets. And now, rising star LaMelo Ball has fired shots at Simmons and Harden for their actions.

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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: Gary Harris (14) of the Denver Nuggets pins James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets in the corner during the third quarter of Denver’s 105-95 win on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

During the course of the season gone by, Ben Simmons fell out of love with his current team – the 76ers. Owing to some poor outings and a crack in his relationships with some members, he made a public decision to leave the franchise. On the other hand, Rockets legend James Harden had requested for a trade in 2020 from the franchise. He wanted to be a title contender, and felt like a new destination was ideal for this cause. Now, he is happy and content with a team that is the hot favorite for the title this year. But 20-year-old Ball isn’t too pleased with how easily players switch teams nowadays.

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LaMelo Ball takes subtle dig at Ben Simmons and James Harden

Young LaMelo Ball was picked up by the Charlotte Hornets as their 3rd overall pick in the 2020 Draft. Younger brother to former Laker Lonzo Ball, the rookie sensation plays as a guard. He averages close to 16 points, and has a bright future ahead. Nonetheless, he has been in touch with many past legends, coming from a sporting family. In a recent interview, he spoke about how he still has the loyal mentality of the olden days, contrary to many of today’s players.

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Talking about the mindset today as compared to Michael Jordan’s era for example, LaMelo said “I feel like I still kind of got that mentality that they had back in the day.” He was referring to their loyalty, which perhaps he doesn’t envision in stars like Harden and Simmons. “Even with switching teams and stuff, they never used to do that. You go to one team, you stay there,” stated the youngster.

May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) drives to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Do you agree with what LaMelo Ball had to say? Going by his words, we can expect a long, successful stint with the Hornets. Does the 20-year-old have what it takes to bring glory to the Michael Jordan owned side? Comment below.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a Tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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