Stephen Curry’s dad explains what makes Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball a ‘different breed’
Dell Curry, the father of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and himself a Charlotte Hornets legend, has a few things to say about rookie sensation LaMelo Ball. Dell currently works as a broadcaster for the Hornets, so he’s been around Ball for quite a bit this season. According to Curry, the 19-year-old is a “different breed.”
In a recent appearance on former teammate Rex Chapman’s podcast, Curry explained exactly why he believes Ball holds so much potential (h/t Alex Kennedy of BasketballNews.com):
Dell Curry praised LaMelo Ball on @RexChapman's pod: "He plays like a veteran already. His teammates LOVE playing with him. He always has a smile on his face. He's always thinking of the next play. He's not afraid to say, 'I made a mistake, that's on me.' He's a different breed." pic.twitter.com/noafRLKEUO
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 20, 2021
Curry had nothing but praise for Charlotte’s third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft:
“He plays like a veteran already,” Curry said. “His teammates love playing with him. He always has a smile on his face. He’s always thinking of the next play. He’s not afraid to say, ‘I made a mistake, that’s on me.’ He’s a different breed.”
If you’ve had the chance to see Ball play (if you haven’t at this point then you’re definitely missing out) then you will likely be in agreement with Curry’s statement here. Ball has been nothing short of outstanding in his debut campaign for the Hornets thus far, and he is currently running away with the Rookie of the Year award.
There’s no denying that LaMelo is an extremely talented basketball player. However, as Curry expressed in his statement above, one of the primary aspects that makes him stand out is the way he sees the game. His mentality is unlike that of any rookie in the league today, and this is exactly why the Hornets have an absolute stud in LaMelo Ball.