Hornet’s Ball Reinjures Ankle

LaMelo Ball (left) playing in Lithuania in 2018
LaMelo Ball (left) playing in Lithuania in 2018. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen In Motion/Shutterstock

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball reinjured his left ankle during the team’s 125-113 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. With only one minute and 34 seconds left in the final quarter, Ball accidentally stepped on a fan’s foot, thereby aggravating his pre-existing injury.

At the time of injury, Ball was attempting to save a ball from going out of bounds. He stepped on a seated fan’s foot as he attempted to prevent himself from falling into the crowd.

“It’s very tough but we have to be professionals about it,” Hornets guard Kelly Oubre Jr. commented. “It’s the game of basketball and those things happen. But people who are suited up and who are healthy enough to go out there, we have to go pick up that slack.”

The Hornets’ game against the Pacers was Ball’s third game since returning from his initial ankle injury. As his first home game since his return, Ball received an introduction from the public address announcer and a round of applause from fans during the routine pre-game player introductions.