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Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball sounds off on people trying to change his shooting form

Hornets, LaMelo Ball

It’s safe to say that Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball has proven all his doubters wrong after a strong first half in the 2020-21 season.

Not only has Ball proven that the hype surrounding him is real, but he has also eased the concerns surrounding his game and style of play. After all, prior to the season, there were fears that his shooting form won’t translate to the NBA much like his brother Lonzo Ball who had to tweak his mechanics just to improve.

As for LaMelo, his shooting with a lower release point proved to be good enough for the big leagues.

“I always said, “This is how I shoot,'” LaMelo Ball said of his shooting mechanics, per Associated Press. “I’m confident in it. I feel good letting it go. Even coming here (to the Hornets), they low-key tried to adjust it a little but I said, ‘No, this is how I shoot’ and I just stuck with it.”

Sure enough, the young Melo made a good decision to stick to what he knows best. Had he gave in to the pressure and tweaked his shooting, it’s uncertain if he’d thrive as he would have for the Hornets.

Prior to the All-Star break, Ball was averaging 15.8 points on an efficient 44.9 percent shooting from the field–including 37.8 percent from deep. He’s also the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, perhaps way ahead of competitors like Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards and Sacramento Kings playmaker Tyrese Haliburton.