‣ LaMelo Ball, an NBA player, sprained his right ankle two weeks ago but is now making progress in his recovery, despite still waiting for an MRI.
‣ In Ball’s absence, teammates Terry Rozier and rookie Brandon Miller have stepped up, with Rozier taking on Ball’s point guard role and Miller starting 12 out of his past 13 matches.
‣ Hornets’ coach Steve Clifford praised Ball’s love for the game and his supportive attitude during his recovery, noting that he’s been very positive from the sidelines.
LaMelo Ball kicked off the 2023/24 NBA season with a bang, delivering some of his best performances to date. However, a sprained right ankle during a second-quarter drive to the basket in Orlando put a damper on his momentum. This happened just two weeks ago.
Despite a history of ankle injuries, LaMelo remained optimistic. His spirits were high during a recent Sunday interview after training. He’s still waiting for an MRI this week, but he’s already feeling a significant improvement.
“I’m making progress,” he stated. He’s been diligent with his treatment, doing everything possible to recover. The pain and discomfort have lessened considerably since the incident.
Initially, the injury scared LaMelo. It was the same ankle he’d hurt in the previous season. “I knew it was the same ankle, so that messed with my head a little bit,” he confessed. The fear made him hesitant to put any pressure on it.
In the same game that saw LaMelo benched due to injury, teammate Terry Rozier made a comeback. Terry had been out for nine matches but has now stepped into LaMelo’s point guard role. The 29-year-old has been on fire, averaging 23.2 points, 9 assists, and 1.2 steals in his last six contests for Charlotte.
LaMelo expressed confidence in Terry’s abilities. “Right when I went down, we knew we were good getting T-Ro back,” he said. LaMelo praised Terry’s performance, highlighting his scoring and assists.
Another player who’s stepped up in LaMelo’s absence is rookie Brandon Miller. The first-year forward has started 12 out of his past 13 matches, averaging 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He’s even posted three 20-point displays.
“B-Mill has a lot of talent,” LaMelo acknowledged. He commended Brandon’s mature gameplay and expressed his comfort playing with him.
Coach Steve Clifford has nothing but praise for LaMelo’s passion for the game and his supportive attitude during his recovery. He hopes for LaMelo’s swift return, but he’s been impressed with his positive attitude from the sidelines.
LaMelo’s love for the game is evident. “Just to have two shoes on and walking around touching a ball, it’s always great,” Ball said. He’s aware that injuries are part of the game and is determined to keep working and pushing forward.