Charlotte Hornets Rookie Sensation Fractures Wrist, Out for the Season
LaMelo Ball was well on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award.
Now, his competitors will be granted some much needed time to catch up, and boy can they use every extra game after the season the Charlotte Hornets rookie has put together up to this point.
On Sunday evening, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Hornets believe that Ball’s season may be over after suffering a wrist injury during a 125-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Ball is expected to receive a second opinion, but he is “feared to have a fractured right wrist” which will rule him out for the remainder of the season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 22, 2021
On Sunday, the team announced that Ball will be out indefinitely, pending further evaluation.
Ball has been a revelation for the upstart Hornets. The reigning Rookie of the Month separated himself as the clear frontrunner for the league’s freshman award by averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game. Through his first 41 career NBA games, the 19 year old has also shot at an impressive 37.5-percent clip from the perimeter.
The Hornets are currently sitting in the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference standings at 20-21.