Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego gave a brutally honest answer to why rookie #3 pick LaMelo Ball isn’t starting yet.
As we all know, LaMelo Ball was one of the most hyped players entering this season’s Draft. He’s route to the NBA was a bit unorthodox yet different than the others. He has been proving everyone on why he was the 3rd pick of the Draft. Like most rookies, even LaMelo Ball is still taking baby steps in the league.
The 19-year old is undoubtedly a phenomenal player and the Charlotte Hornets have a great pick in him. He immediately caught everyone’s attention with his passing abilities and vision. This past month, LaMelo achieved a difficult feat, being the youngest player in the league’s history to record a triple-double.
Recently, LaVar Ball, LaMelo’s father didn’t hesitate to show his frustrations by saying that his son wasn’t a role player. LaVar wasn’t very happy with LaMelo being brought in off the bench.
James Borrego opens up about LaMelo Ball coming off the bench
James Borrego, the head coach of the Hornets gave a brutally honest answer to why he hasn’t been starting LaMelo:
“If you’re turning the ball over 5 times in 16 minutes, that ain’t gonna cut it for me. If you’re doing that on offense, you better be bringing something on defense.”
“If you’re turning the ball over five times in 16 minutes, that ain’t gonna cut it for me. If you’re doing that on the offensive end, you better be bringing something defensively.”
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 23, 2021
Borrego also agreed that LaMelo was just like any other rookie who had his highs and lows. Borrego acknowledged that Ball had a good stretch of games where he was playing ‘extremely well’. The solution Borrego have was that they just need to find that again.
The Hornets have had a decent start to the season this year compared to their horrible record last season. The team has a record of 7 wins and 9 losses, placing them 11th on the Eastern Conference.