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Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball fires back at Warriors announcer criticizing him over Carmelo Anthony-like celebration

Hornets, LaMelo Ball, Carmelo Anthony

Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball was recently called out by a Golden State Warriors broadcaster for invoking the Carmelo Anthony three-fingers-to-the-temple celebration after hitting a trey. Ball fired back at the “salty” announcer, explaining why he believes there’s absolutely nothing wrong with copying Anthony’s trademark celebration.

Ball had this to say in response to the rather misplaced criticism (h/t BreakAnklesDaily on Instagram):

If you saw the clip, then you would have heard how the commentator seemed to have — for some reason — taken offense at Ball’s Carmelo-like celebrations. Well, the fact that he was a broadcaster for the Warriors just makes it sound like he had a personal bias against the 19-year-old rookie.

As it turns out, this has been something Ball has been doing for some time now. For those in need of context, “JIT” is a slang term for “juvenile in training”, which is Ball’s way of saying that his celebration is nothing new.

For what it’s worth, it was the Warriors who came out on top during Friday’s tilt against the Hornets. Stephen Curry was the star of the show for the Dubs, logging a game-high 29 points with nine assists.

For his part, Ball went toe-to-toe against one of the greatest point guards of all time in Curry, and he certainly held his own. Ball wasn’t able to help his team to victory, but he did finish with 22 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, once again proving that he absolutely belongs in this league.