After yet another subpar play-in tournament game, LaMelo Ball is making a big change for next season.
Fans who love him and have bought his jersey since he was drafted will likely have to put that in the back of the closet as the face of the Hornets franchise is anticipating a change to wearing No. 1 next season, instead of wearing No. 2 which he has wore during the first two years of his career.
“It’s supposed to [happen],” Ball said. “I ain’t supposed to wear two ever again in my life. If I see a two, ah man, I don’t know what I’m going to do, I ain’t going to lie to you. I just ain’t never been two. It’s just weird for me. It just don’t feel like you playing, for real. Like, I don’t know who this is. I don’t know who number two is. I know my brother, that’s it. No other number twos.”
Ball scored a game-high 26 points in the team’s 132-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. It wasn’t a very efficient shooting night for the second-year guard as he went 7-for-25 from the field, including 4-for-14 from three-point land. He racked up seven assists, five rebounds, and a steal while committing three turnovers.
Maybe he could’ve been a little bit better if he wasn’t possibly high from smoking a joint hours before the game.
Ball had a fantastic second year in the NBA, building off his strong rookie campaign. He averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 2.9 three-pointers, and 1.6 steals per game this year.
Despite the blowout loss on Wednesday, the Hornets have a bright future ahead with Ball as the franchise’s centerpiece.