LaMelo Ball is just starting his NBA career, and the youngest of the Ball brothers is already making an impact. The fresh Charlotte Hornets guard has etched himself in the history books as becoming the youngest player in the league ever to score a triple-double, earning him an appraisal from LeBron James himself.
During their 113-105 win over Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at the Spectrum Center, LaMelo clinched the feat being aged 19 years and 140 days old, overshadowing the previous record holder, Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz, who achieved the feat aged 19 years and 317 days. He was just one assist short of clinching the feat in Hornets’ previous clash against Pelicans.
LaMelo Ball’s historic feat lands admiration from LeBron James on Instagram
Amidst garnering commendation from all around, LaMelo’s feat generated reaction from Lakers stalwart LeBron James, who took to Instagram to shed praise over the teenager.
“Congrats lil bro” LeBron posted on his Instagram story.
LaMelo was quick to notice the praise from his older brother Lonzo’s teammate and reposted the story himself, with the caption “my brudda good looks gang”.
“I live my life and I know what I’m capable of, so stuff like this doesn’t move me like that,” spoke LaMelo after the match, “I know that’s supposed to happen.”
On top of the historic feat, LaMelo scored 22 points along with 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the match, which landed him appraisal from the Hornets head coach James Borrego.
“A 19-year-old rookie does not look like this,” Borrego said following the win, “This is rare what you’re seeing.”
“He’s not rattled by the moment. It’s like he’s been doing this for a number of years,” the Hornets coach added.
With five wins and five losses so far this season, Hornets are currently 8th in the Eastern Conference and will take on New York Knicks next.