LaMelo Ball has already come a great distance in his rookie season, and that features successful over his head coach on the Charlotte Hornets.
Hornets coach James Borrego spoke with Sports Illustrated for a function on Ball this week. During the interview, Borrego admitted to having character concerns and preconceived notions about the teenage star before the draft.
“It’s what you hear,” stated Borrego, the fourth-year head coach. “It’s what you read. It’s what is on the internet.”
Borrego did add that Ball eased his concerns with a powerful efficiency in his predraft interview with Charlotte.
“It felt real and genuine,” Borrego went on. “Whatever I got back in that interview to me was very honest and genuine. I felt like this was a more humble kid than I anticipated. It eased my concerns a little bit.”
Ball is now beginning for the No. 8 seed Hornets and appears just like the runaway chief for Rookie of the Year. He leads all first-year gamers in factors (14.6), rebounds (6.2), assists (6.1) and steals per recreation (1.5). Whatever concerns existed a number of months in the past about Ball’s supposed laziness, shot-chucking and the potential meddling of father LaVar now appear method overblown.
Borrego continues to be robust on Ball each time Ball performs poorly. But it appears like he is satisfied Ball is a long-term cornerstone for the Hornets franchise.