“Never Been in Awe”: LaMelo Ball Makes Huge Michael Jordan Claim

Published 10/07/2021, 11:32 AM EDT
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021 Michael Jordan watches the action by the 11th green during the Four-balls REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Michael Jordan is undeniably the greatest NBA player of all time, but his track record as an owner of Charlotte Hornets hasn’t been the greatest. Before the last season, they only appeared in the playoffs back in 2016. In fact, they weren’t even considered competition, but that changed after the 2020 NBA Draft. The youngest member of the Ball family, LaMelo Ball, was the 3rd overall pick and eventually became a fan favorite. But it looks like Melo doesn’t idolize Jordan as much as one would have thought.

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LaMelo Ball doesn’t look up to Michael Jordan?

Sep 27, 2021; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) poses for photos during Media Day at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Even before his entry into the league, LaMelo Ball had made quite a name for himself. Unlike most players, he did not take the usual route to become an NBA player and was even met with criticism. He usually made headlines because of his father, LaVar Ball. LaVar is a successful businessman and infamous for his bold statements and predictions.

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Say what you will, he has still done a great job of raising his sons. Even though LaMelo is the youngest, he is considered to have the most potential. In fact, what’s better than being under the tutelage of the GOAT during your initial years? Melo has it the best.

However, like LaVar, Melo has also picked up on being brutally honest with his words. In the most recent interview, Melo admitted that Michael Jordan has guided him in many ways but did not specify anything.

He even went as far as saying that there is no NBA icon he looks up to. He said, “Nah, I have never been in awe of anyone in my life, to be honest. Probably just the way my pops raised me and had me [mentally].”

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Can he use his cockiness to take the Charlotte Hornets higher?

Oct 4, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder center Isaiah Roby (22) defends during the first quarter at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

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The Charlotte Hornets were the underdogs of the 2020-21 NBA season, which took everyone by surprise. They were quite active in the offseason and made good additions to their squad. But after winning Rookie of the Year, Melo will certainly have much more responsibility on his shoulders.

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They even won their first preseason game and will look to bring that energy in the regular season too. However, with the competition getting even tougher, Melo will have to do even better than last season. His sophomore year will play a crucial role in making an even bigger name for himself. Can he do it?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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