Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball was initially left off of the Eastern Conference All-Star roster, but the injury to Kevin Durant changed that. With KD unavailable for the game in Cleveland, NBA commissioner Adam Silver set out to replace both the Nets star, as well as Warriors All-Star Draymond Green, who is also out with an injury. Ball ended up getting the nod out of the East, while Dejounte Murray will replace Green in the West. LaMelo’s reaction to finding out he’d made his first-ever All-Star Game was captured on camera, and it’s a heartwarming moment between him and LaVar, via Bleacher Report.
LaMelo all smiles after finding out he made his first All Star Game 🙌🔥 pic.twitter.com/79aLxUS8RT
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 8, 2022
The 20-year-old couldn’t hold back a huge grin as the Hornets star got the phone call telling him he’d be joining the Eastern Conference All-Stars in Cleveland. And although LaVar had a mask on, you can tell from his face that he was grinning ear-to-ear as well. At last, one of his predictions about his sons has come to fruition, with LaMelo becoming the first of the Ball brothers to make an All-Star team.
That’s definitely a moment neither Melo nor his father will forget anytime soon, as all the hard work they’ve put in over the years has paid off.
Ball is certainly worthy of the honors, having been emerged as a star for the Hornets in his sophomore season. Melo is averaging 19.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 7.5 assists on the year, knocking down 36% of his 3-point shots. The youngest Ball brother has made improvements across the board statistically in Year 2, and he’s been rewarded by the commissioner himself with an All-Star nod.