With LaMelo Ball winning the Rookie of the Year award last season and Lonzo signing a 4year/ $85 million deal this offseason, it’s safe to say the Ball brothers have made it in the NBA world, and they are here to stay. LaVar’s prophecy has started to come true, but there is one more piece of the puzzle left to complete the whole process, and that is getting the middle brother LiAngelo Ball into the NBA.
The dream became a reality when it was announced Gelo would be a part of the Charlotte Hornets Summer League roster, and after his debut performance last night, many fans agree we could have a third Ball brother in the league soon. The Hornets took on the Blazers in their opening games of the Las Vegas Summer League and lost 93-86 in an exciting game. LiAngelo came to play as he was one of the main stars of the game despite the loss. Gelo ended the game with 16 points (5-8 for three), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in just 16 minutes of action.
Gelo showed no signs of fear and played with the utmost confidence, displaying that sweet stroke LaVar has been raving about for years. Of course, LaVar was sitting on the sidelines with his “I Told You So” hat and going crazy after every bucket from his middle son. LaMelo was also in attendance with his teammate Miles Bridges and head coach James Borrego, as the Hornets representatives had something to see.
After a very up-and-down basketball career that included being a high school star, getting involved in the China incident and dropping out of UCLA, playing overseas, and going undrafted in 2018 to getting cut from the Pistons before the start of last season, it has been a long ride. But Gelo has seen it all and been to the bottom, as this is his best chance of finally proving his worth and making it to the NBA.
His scoring abilities have always been here, but it looks like Gelo worked on completing his all-around game and body for the next level of basketball. LiAngelo started great, as he will probably get even more playing time in the following games, but he has to keep up this level of play if he wants to stay on the radar of the Hornets or any other interest NBA team. Hopefully, he manages to make it.