LaMelo Ball Gets 1st NBA Start, LaVar Gets His Wish!
LaMelo Ball Gets 1st NBA Start ... LaVar Gets His Wish!
2/1/2021 3:58 PM PT
He did it ... LaMelo Ball has finally cracked the starting lineup for the Charlotte Hornets!
The 19-year-old -- 3rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft -- has been killing it as the 6th man for the Hornets ... averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game in his first 20 games.
In fact, he's been so impressive, fans -- along with his famous father -- have been calling on the Hornets to move Melo to the Starting 5 ... but the team wanted to play it slow.
But, now with an injury to starting guard Terry Rozier, Melo is getting the nod to start against the Miami Heat for their Monday night matchup in Miami.
Melo's dad, LaVar Ball, has been calling for his kid to start for weeks -- telling TMZ Sports straight-up a few weeks ago ... "My boys are not freakin' role players! They superstars! Let them do what they do!"
Well, opportunity's knockin' ...
The Charlotte Hornets are looking pretty good so far this year -- they're 9 and 11 and in 8th place in the Eastern Conference ... with things lookin' up.
They're also on a 2 game win streak -- we'll see if Melo can help get 'em to 3.