LaMelo Ball fractured his right wrist, which will separate the young rookie from the court until the end of the season.
This news shook the NBA world tonight. Ball picked up an injury against the Clippers in a 125-98 defeat. Per sources, he injured the area between his thumb and wrist on his shooting hand, which complicates matters even worse.
He is expected to see a specialist, Dr. Michelle Carlson, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York sometime this week. After that, we will know more about the injury and the process of rehabilitation.
Ball was the top favorite for winning the Rookie of the Year award, and he especially improved over the past few weeks. We could see him often above 20 points during that period, having a massive impact on the game and playing like a veteran.
The 19-year old averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 dimes, and 5.9 rebounds throughout the season, and undoubtedly these numbers would be much better at the end of the campaign. In the last 10 matches, he scored 19.4 points with 48.9% of shooting, 45.3 from downtown, which indicated his sharp rise.
Ball was picked up as the third pick from this year’s draft, coming out from Illawarra Hawks, a New Zealand team. He would earn the Rookie of the Year awards in NBL, immediately becoming one of the biggest stars. Instead of playing in college, LaMelo decided to play professional basketball. He first went to Lithuania, where he appeared for Prienai, but after appearing in just 8 matches, he decided to jump to New Zealand.
Per various experts, LaMelo is one of the most talented point guards in the league, and his injury will be a massive setback for the Charlotte Hornets.
Micheal Jordan’s franchise is pursuing the payoffs in the East, and for the moment, they have 20 wins and 21 losses, which puts them at No.8, one game ahead of the Bulls and the Pacers, leveled with the Knicks, and half a game behind the Knicks. The fourth-seeded Atlanta Hawks are one and a half match in front of the Hornets, which suggests that the fight for the postseason in the Eastern Conference is very intense and interesting.
That is why Ball’s injury becomes even more tragic. The Hornets might use the remaining part of the trade deadline to acquire some replacement. Some suggest that it is necessary, others are claiming that they already have enough players at the point guard position – Terry Roziers and Devonte Graham.