What LaMelo Ball truly brings to Hornets, per Malik Monk
In just his first year in the NBA, LaMelo Ball has already been heralded by critics as the next great point guard. Fans have seen his filthy passes and supreme basketball IQ. But off the court, the Charlotte Hornets guard brings a whole lot more according to teammate Malik Monk.
According to Monk, LaMelo Ball is some sort of jester off the court. More than his contributions to his team on the court, Ball’s charismatic personality is what shines through.
“It’s amazing. It starts with Melo…He just brightens up the day. He’s always saying something crazy, always saying something funny. That just brings joy to everybody. He always has us laughing. It’s always good to play happy.”
Viewers of Ball in the Family might already be familiar with LaMelo Ball’s hilarious personality. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the rookie would make his teammates cackle all the time.
Malik Monk on how much fun the team is having:
"It's amazing. It starts with Melo…He just brightens up the day. He's always saying something crazy, always saying something funny. That just brings joy to everybody. He always has us laughing. It's always good to play happy."
— At The Hive (@At_The_Hive) February 9, 2021
The Hornets picked up their second consecutive win on Monday, dominating the Houston Rockets 119-94. LaMelo Ball stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. He also knocked down a career-high seven 3-pointers on 12 attempts. This also made him the youngest in league history to knock down at least seven 3-pointers in a game.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) February 9, 2021
Monday’s game marked Ball’s fifth consecutive game as part of the starting line up. Hornets head coach James Borrego initially opted to make LaMelo Ball part of the second unit.
He subsequently received some criticism for it, especially given Ball’s big contributions whenever he plays. Whether LaMelo Ball remains part of the first five is a matter of wait-and-see.
That said, the Hornets are definitely better with LaMelo Ball around.