Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, the NBA’s rookie of the year favorite, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken right wrist, sources told ESPN.
Ball’s injury is in the thumb area of his shooting hand, sources said.
Ball won’t be formally ruled out for the season until after meeting Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York earlier this week, but sources say the injury will end his raucous 41-game debut. sparklers and the celebration of the Hornets. the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Hornets announced Sunday night that Ball underwent an MRI and an initial diagnosis revealed a broken bone in his wrist. The team said Ball would be listed as inactive indefinitely and additional updates would be provided when available.
Ball, 19, suffered the injury in a fall in a 125-98 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Ball, the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds this season.