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“Really Mad Inside”: While Brother’s Future Hangs in Balance, NBA Star LaMelo Ball’s Failure at Live Event Leaves NBA World in Chaos

Published 06/08/2023, 4:40 PM EDT

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This season, bad omens have circled the Ball brothers. On the back of an injury, LaMelo Ball had ended his season way before the Charlotte Hornets’ underwhelming campaign came to a close. His brother Lonzo Ball, on the other hand, is diagnosed with a career-threatening injury. The Bulls even doubt if Lonzo is going to show up on the hardwood again. Besides, Melo has not taken center stage in the ongoing trade rumors as well. However, even amid the NBA Finals frenzy and tumultuous time, LaMelo Ball seems to have turned fans’ heads very recently.

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Fans recently got a chance to witness the 21-year-old in action. Not on the NBA court, of course, but on certain courts in Europe. Ball, however, was not able to win during the action. Apparently, the NBA world is left in sheer disbelief after seeing the Hornets star’s recent failure.

LaMelo Ball gets defeated during a live shooting contest


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‘Pumahoops’ ‘The Melo Faster Tour’ is now live and running. The Hornets star is touring Milan, Paris, Berlin, and London. As a part of the tour, Ball is participating in certain shooting contests and games. During his stop in Paris, LaMelo locked horns with a digital creator whose Instagram handle goes by the name, ‘rookicks.’

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House of Highlights has now taken to Instagram with a snippet of the shooting contest. During the action, both the Hornets star and his opponent net in back-to-back three-pointers. However, at one point, the NBA star could clearly be seen missing a shot while his opponent’s shot went in perfectly. As the contest came to an end, the digital creator had the last laugh against the 2021 Rookie of the Year.


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“LaMelo lost a shooting contest,” House of Highlights wrote on their post. LaMelo Ball’s failed show has become a super hit on the Internet. Numerous fans have shockingly rushed to the House of Highlights IG post.

LaMelo Ball’s failure unleashes chaos in the NBA world

LaMelo Ball might just have had fun. Ironically, his team’s inability to win crucial games got mirrored in his recent antic. Ball, however, laughed this failure out and hugged his opponent after the contest. Nonetheless, certain fans think that the defeat has not gone well with the 2021 ROTY. “He was laughing, but was really mad inside,” said a fan.

Here are some of the responses from fans.

“Get the guy on the right into the league,” said a fan alluding to Ball’s opponent.

“Hornets vibes.”

“Melo wasn’t even trying honestly lol.”

“That other guy has a pure shot.”


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“NBA teams: 👀, who is the short guy?”

“Melo ain’t wanna win lmao.”

“Why melo shoot like that.”


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Krishna Prasad M

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Krishna Prasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds professional qualifications in English and Journalism from reputed institutions. As a trained reporter, Krishna's intense passion for sports writing prompted him to become an NBA journalist.

Edited By: Debmallya Chakraborty