It’s finally happened, Liangelo Ball is officially an NBA player. According to a report from ESPN the Hornets have signed Gelo Ball. The terms of his contract are undisclosed, but all that matters now is that is in the NBA.
Some people out there will say Gelo Ball only got signed, because of LaMelo Ball, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In actuality Hornets became interested in signing Gelo Ball after seeing how well he was playing against Hornets players at practice.
The only thing Gelo Ball was missing was a proper opportunity, and Hornets were the first to give him that. After two ankle surgeries, and 2 years away from playing professional basketball, Gelo Ball has reached his dream.
Take a look at a quick timeline of Liangelo Ball’s journey to the NBA.
After a stint with Thunder’s G League team was cut short due to ankle issues, Gelo Ball was done dirty by the by the Pistons. It was alleged he hurt his ankle again, but that was never confirmed. Pistons would cut Gelo Ball without allowing him to play a single minute.
After the disappointment of the short stint with the Pistons, Gelo Ball leveled and purchased himself a new mansion, while quietly working on his game with Lonzo and Lamelo. Prior to the Summer League he did a video interview with SLAM, where he told the world he was ready to prove he was NBA worthy.
His day of reckoning would come when Hornets finally gave him a chance to shine in Summer League prior to this season. In his debut game he scored 16 points and went 5/8 from three.
Then today it was made official. The Hornets signed Liangelo Ball after his impressive Summer League performance.
In Summer League Gelo Ball looked like a Duncan Robinson or Klay Thompson type of player. Although his shooting release starts a bit too low, his lighting fast release negates the negatives that causes. Even when a defender was crowding him with physical defense he was still able to get off a clean look plus the foul. He also showed he has a good nose for the ball by getting offensive boards off his own misses, then quick jumping the defense to get off a layups in traffic.
Lavar Ball told the world all three of his sons would make the NBA, and now his vision has come to fruition. The Hornets signed Gelo Ball, making him an NBA player officially.
Author: JordanThrilla Staff