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Hornets shut down LaMelo Ball for rest of season


Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball celebrates their teams win against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C. The Hornets won 117-114.

FILE–Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball in an NBA basketball game. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets are shutting down guard LaMelo Ball for the NBA season.

Ball has not played since Jan. 27 for the Hornets (18-54), who’ve been eliminated from postseason competition. Charlotte has missed the playoffs in eight straight seasons, the longest drought in the NBA.

The 22-year-old Ball, who signed a five-year max contract extension in July, has had repeated problems with ankle injuries since coming into the league and has played in just 58 games over the last two seasons.

READ: NBA: Hornets’ LaMelo Ball wears ankle braces in first practice since fracture

Ball had been playing well before going out, averaging a career-high 23.9 points per game this season. Ball was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2021 and an All-Star the following season.

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