PUMA announces three new styles of LaMelo Ball’s signature sneaker

LaMelo Ball has three new versions of his MB.01 signature shoe on the way.

LaMelo Ball’s stardom continues to blossom on and off the court.

As Ball’s game on the court looks to hit All-Star levels this season, so does his shoe game.

On Tuesday, PUMA basketball announced three new silhouettes of LaMelo’s signature shoe, the MB.01, are set to be released next month.

The ‘Buzz City’ style will release on Feb. 2 while the ‘Rick and Morty’ and Grey and Red’ styles will drop on Feb. 18.

Check out LaMelo’s new kicks below.

 

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WATCH: LaMelo Ball throws between-the-legs alley-oop to Miles Bridges

Ball showcased his passing skills with this crazy lob to Bridges.

LaMelo Ball is one of the league’s most elite, show-stopping passers.

In Friday night’s loss to the Orlando Magic, his flashy passing ability was on full display.

With just over two minutes gone in the third quarter, LaMelo stole a pass and led a fast break with a trailing Miles Bridges streaking to the rim.

As Ball approached the basket, he threw the ball between his legs and tossed the ball up to Bridges for a thunderous alley oop slam.

Check out the crazy pass from two different views below.

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Doc Rivers on LaMelo Ball: ‘He brings joy to the game’

Philadelphia’s head coach speaks highly of the Hornets star.

LaMelo Ball is become a household name in the world of basketball.

The 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year is helping put the Charlotte Hornets back on the map and into playoff contention in his second season.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers knows a lot about coaching and coaching against star point guards, and he sees the just how special Ball is.

“I said it last year, every time you watch him, he brings joy to the game. You want to play with him,” Rivers said of LaMelo.

Ball and the Hornets outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, ending the 76ers’ seven-game winning streak while also extending their own streak to four-games.

“It’s funny, coach and I were talking, I think we played them in the preseason game, and we were talking about him and I was like ‘That kid when he comes on the floor, your team gets excited’. You don’t see that very often,” Rivers said.

Ball, like his brother Lonzo, has that pass-first mentality, which you don’t see too often in today’s NBA as point guards have began to shift into more dynamic, scoring type of players instead of just setting up their teammates.

In his sophomore season, LaMelo is averaging 19.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 38% from 3-point range, all improvement over his Rookie of the Year campaign.

“We were watching film today, when he gets the rebound, you’ve never seen guys run so hard because they know there’s a good chance they’ll get the ball,” Rivers said of Ball. “He’s just special that way — he scores, he makes big baskets, he doesn’t get a lot of credit defensively, he’s got great hands, he’s very competitive — so he’s got a lot of good things going on with him.”

The Hornets have a star on their hands, that’s to be certain.

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NBA Twitter reacts to LaMelo Ball’s game-winner vs. Bucks on Monday

The 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year hit the shot to give Charlotte their second-straight victory over the champs.

LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets did it again on Monday night.

Following defeating the defending champs on Saturday, the Hornets took the Milwaukee Bucks down again on Monday, 103-99, on the strength of a go-ahead floater from LaMelo Ball with 15.4 seconds remaining.

Charlotte led by as many as 15 late in the third quarter as the Hornets outscored the Bucks by 10 points in the third. The Bucks fought back in the fourth but a late turnover by Giannis Antetokounmpo helped give the Hornets the victory.

Along with the game-winning shot, LaMelo finished with 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on 8-of-19 shooting.

Terry Rozier led the way for Charlotte with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals on 8-of-17 shooting.

Check out NBA Twitter’s reaction to LaMelo’s game-winning floater over the defending champs below.

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LaMelo Ball cleared from COVID protocol, assigned to Greensboro Swarm

Ball should be back on the floor for the Hornets soon.

The Charlotte Hornets will get their leader back very soon.

The Hornets announced on Tuesday morning that LaMelo Ball has cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols and has been assigned to the Greensboro Swarm for conditioning and rehab assignment.

Ball was one of several Hornets who entered COVID protocols over the last week and a half. Terry Rozier made his return to the court for the Hornets on Monday while Mason Plumlee and Jalen McDaniels cleared protocol on Monday.

In LaMelo’s absence, the Hornets have lost three of fives games and play their next game on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.

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LaMelo Ball wins SI’s Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

LaMelo adds another accolade to his resume.

It’s time for LaMelo Ball to make room for another trophy in his trophy case.

On Tuesday at the Sports Illustrated Awards, Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball was named Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.

Last season, Ball won the 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year award so winning the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year at the SI Awards makes perfect sense.

So far this season, LaMelo is averaging 20 points, 7.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 1.9 steals while shooting 39% from 3-point range.

If Ball keeps this kind of production going, once he returns to play after being cleared from health and safety protocols, expect to see more accolades coming his way.

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LaMelo among four Hornets placed in health and safety protocols

The four Hornets will likely miss several games due to being in health and safety protocols.

The Charlotte Hornets have been hit by COVID.

The team announced via Twitter on Saturday morning that LaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee, and Terry Rozier were all placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

 

LaMelo and company could miss several games by being place in the health and safety protocols.

Teams across the league have had players miss time due being in protocol this season but not sure it’s been four at one time, especially three starters and your best player.

To help counteract these losses, the Hornets recalled James Bouknight, Vernon Carey Jr., and Kai Jones from the Greensboro Swarm. Look for Bouknight to finally get some decent minutes with the Hornets in place of Ball and Rozier.

Stay tuned to Lonzo Wire for updates on the Hornets injury report.

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Hornets vs. Bucks: 5 prop bets for Monday’s game

LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets take on the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The Hornets (13-10) are hoping to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Lonzo Ball and the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Wednesday’s game tips off at 8 …

LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets take on the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The Hornets (13-10) are hoping to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Lonzo Ball and the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

Wednesday’s game tips off at 8 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Southeast (Hornets) and Bally Sports Wisconsin (Bucks).

Before the game tips off, make your picks on the top prop bets for the Hornets vs. Bucks game at Fiserv Forum.

Make your selections below to reveal the results and see if other fans agree with your pick!

WATCH: LaMelo has Shaqtin’ A Fool moment as he misses dunk vs. Magic

LaMelo’s attempt at an alley-oop pass to himself backfired.

Just about every player in the NBA has had a Shaqtin’ A Fool moment where they make an embarrassing, hilarious mistake on the basketball court.

Hornets star LaMelo Ball had one himself in Wednesday’s victory over the Orlando Magic.

With under four minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Hornets were in a fast break situation where Ball was ahead of the back. LaMelo tried bouncing the ball to himself for an alley-oop yet fumbled the finish and the blooper was formed.

Check out the hilarious video below.

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Charlotte Hornets player grades from Friday night’s win vs. Knicks

The Hornets pick up their second-straight win

After ending their five-game skid just three nights ago, the Charlotte Hornets began a new streak by picking up their second win in as many games. The Hornets returned home with a 104-96 win over the Knicks in one of their best defensive performances of the young season.

The night started with a Knicks blitz, as New York won the first quarter 34-18. Kemba Walker was sizzling from distance, and the hornets struggled mightily on the offensive end early.

The game began to turn near the end of the half, as the Hornets finished the first half on a 6-1 mini-run to cut the deficit to 55-46 at the break. Charlotte carried over their end of the half spurt to the second half, as the Hornets put together yet another dominant third quarter.

Charlotte outscored New York 34-21 in the period, led by Gordon Hayward scoring the first 5 points of the quarter and Terry Rozier catching fire in the middle of the period.

After the Knicks made a comeback effort of their own to take a 93-91 lead with just over five minutes left, Charlotte scored 7 unanswered points behind Miles Bridges and Kelly Oubre Jr. to put the game away.

Up next for the Hornets is a litmus test matchup as the Warriors come to town on Sunday evening.

Check out the individual player grades from Friday night’s victory below: