Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball addresses his conversation with Jay-Z which has gone viral on the internet. The Hornets guard has denied rumors that the former Nets co-owner was trying to recruit him.
The Charlotte Hornets are currently one of the hottest teams in the NBA, holding a 4-1 record in the league. The young group of players impressed everyone with their ability to play ball, especially LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges.
LaMelo was a much-vaunted pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Chino Hills sensation is the son of businessman LaVar Ball, known for his brutal honesty and outspokenness. Despite all the noise around him, LaMelo lived up to all the hype.
The 20-year-old recently made headlines for his viral conversation with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. The 21x Grammy Award was in attendance for the Nets vs Hornets game at Barclays Center. However, the highlight of the game was the artist’s interaction with LaMelo.
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Many so-called lip-readers on the internet have tried to interpret the conversation between the two, coming to the conclusion that Jay-Z had tried to recruit LaMelo from the Nets.
LaMelo: * shakes his head “no I’m in Charlotte”
Jay Z: “oh you wanna stay there forever”
Lamelo: * nods
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LaMelo Ball clarifies the misinterpretation of his conversation with Jay-Z.
During a recent appearance on ESPN NBA Today, LaMelo Ball addressed his conversation with Jay-Z while speaking to Mallika Andrews.
âI was just saying, ‘We have a game after that and we’re going home,’ Ball told ESPN’s Malika Andrews on NBA Today (1:50 mark).â And he was just like, ‘Where is he. ? âAnd it was in Charlotte, that’s how it happened.
Thus ending all rumors that Jay-Z invited LaMelo to Brooklyn. The clip has generated over two million views, showing just how dubious the internet can be.
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Nonetheless, LaMelo has had a great season with the Hornets, averaging 17.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and shooting 40.5 percent from the 3-point line. The Hornets seem to have a definite chance of qualifying for the playoffs.