How long is LaMelo Ball missing? Injury schedule, return date, latest Hornets news updates
Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, one of the best regattas in the NBA in 2020-21, is looking into a long absence after being shot in the hand.
The ball hurt on Saturday night when Hornets lost to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 19-year-old has become the basis of the franchise last season after the Hornets finished third. His passes and pace earned him initial recognition and ultimately a place in the starting lineup. The ball was played in Charlotte’s 41 games (21 outings) before being injured.
What’s next for Ball? Here’s all we know about his injury and the latest news that he could return to court.
What is LaMelo Ball’s injury?
The Hornets announced Sunday The ball had a bone fracture in his right wrist. Sources Wojnarowski and The Hornets beat Rick Charlotteell of The Charlotte Observer that the fracture is next to Ball’s right thumb. Bonnell reported that an initial x-ray in Los Angeles did not reveal the fracture, but an MRI scan was done in San Antonio that Hornet will face the Spurs on Monday night.
The ball hurt the basket as Charlotte lost 125-98 to the Clippers in the first half. He was missing the unit and hit the floor. He landed on his right hand and wrist.
The news was noticeable discomfort as he made one of two free kicks.
The ball continued to play, but Bonnell played with the second half wrapped around his wrist and thumb.
How long will LaMelo Ball be there?
The Hornets noted that Ball was coming out indefinitely, though Wojnarowski reported Sunday night That ball is expected to be discarded at the end of the season this week after visiting Dr. Michelle Carson at New York Special Surgery Hospital.
On Tuesday, Hornets announced that Balli had a successful operation on a fractured right wrist. His wrist will be immobilized and will be reassessed within four weeks.
The injury is obviously a big blow to Hornets ’rotation, but Charlotte has a deep guard with Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham. Shooter Malik Monk is also likely to pick up more minutes from the bench.
The only other guards appearing on Charlotte’s roster are two-way players Nate Darling and Grant Riller. It was not immediately known whether Hornets would add a guard before the March 25 NBA trade deadline.
LaMelo Ball statistics for the 2020-21 season
- 15.9 points per game
- 6.1 attendance per game
- 5.9 rebounds per game
- 1.6 theft per game
- 2.8 billing per game
- 28.6 minutes per game
- 45.1 percent shooting
- A 3-point shot of 37.5 percent
- 78.9 percent free kick