Charlotte Hornets star guard LaMelo Ball will miss the start of the 2022-23 NBA season after suffering a sprained left ankle. He is only expected to miss one to two weeks with the injury. Ball left the team’s preseason game on Monday against the Washington Wizards after suffering the injury. An MRI confirmed on Tuesday that he did indeed sprain his left ankle. In the game, Ball drove toward the basket when his foot was stepped on and he spent several minutes on the ground in pain afterward. He then limped to shoot his two free throws and then headed back to the locker room.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 11, 2022
Last season with the Charlotte Hornets, LaMelo Ball averaged 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 42.9 percent and a three-point percentage of 38.9 percent. Last season in his second year in the NBA, Ball made his first NBA All-Star Game. He has emerged as a rising star in the league and is poised to be the Hornets’ best player this season. They may get off to a rough start without him in the lineup. We here at Def Pen Sports wish LaMelo Ball the best in his recovery and return to the court.