The Charlotte Hornets introduced on Sunday that rookie guard LaMelo Ball has a damaged bone in his proper wrist.
Ball, who was the No. 3 total choose within the 2020 draft, suffered the damage in a 125-98 loss in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers.
An MRI on Sunday confirmed the preliminary analysis of a damaged bone.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski studies that the rookie is anticipated to overlook the remainder of the season.
The damage appeared to happen early in Saturday’s recreation when Ball fell.
He did try to return however ultimately left for good within the fourth quarter.
“It seemed to me like he was having some discomfort there, so I took him out,” Hornets coach James Borrego mentioned Saturday, per Hornets reporter Rod Boone.
The younger star has surpassed expectations and has the Hornets in playoff place within the Japanese Convention whereas additionally being a number one candidate for Rookie of the 12 months.
By means of 41 video games, the youngest Ball brother is averaging 15.9 factors, 6.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds whereas rapidly shutting down critics of his taking pictures capability, averaging 45.1% from the ground and 37.5% from behind the arc.
Ball’s absence will harm a workforce that’s performing significantly better than final 12 months.
The rookie guard will search for a second opinion to find out if the damage is extreme sufficient to overlook the remainder of the season.