LaMelo Ball is one of the most exciting and talented rookies this season, entering the NBA with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. He has had an excellent start to his NBA career, but it seems his notorious and outspoken father, LaVar Ball, is not satisfied with LaMelo’s role.
Coming off the bench, LaMelo had a 7-game stretch in which he averaged 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game while shooting 46 percent from the field, but he has taken a little step back recently as his stats and percentages dipped down a bit. In a recent loss to the Bulls, LaMelo played only 16 minutes, and we all knew what was coming next.
This topic started some debates, from Hornets fans to casual fans and LaVar Ball, of course, giving his opinion on the subject of LaMelo’s playing time in an interview with TMZ sports.
“Melo and all my boys are like this, man. You playing for somebody, you go ahead, you don’t sulk, and you don’t do that, you just go ahead and go with that. My thing is he ain’t happy with that, but he ain’t go show that. If I train you to be the best and you’ve been starting all your life, here is what they don’t get. My boys are not freaking role players. They’re superstars. Let them do what they do. But if your mentality ain’t like that, guess what, it’s hard to coach my boys and tap into the best, because you don’t have a killer mindset.”LaBar Ball, TMZ
We all know LaVar Ball is famous for saying ridiculous stuff, especially about his sons, but this time it seems a bit more legit and reasonable, as LaMelo has been one of the best players on the Hornets; he could help them win more games.
The Hornets are currently at a 7-9 record and 11th in the Eastern Conference, so giving the rookie a starting nod could be a logical move. In a worst-case scenario, you can develop him more and make him the leader as soon as possible. The Hornets will undoubtedly make this move in the future, but LaMelo needs to stay ready and patient, and so does LaVar.