Season-ending injury? Reports says Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball is out for the rest of season with a broken wrist

By Richard Walker

An awkward fall in Saturday’s 125-98 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers apparently will put an end to rookie LaMelo Ball’s season.

Ball, a two-time NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, suffered a fractured bone in his right wrist. The injury was determined after a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam on Sunday in San Antonio.

Ball returned to action in Saturday’s loss after wrapping his right wrist. He finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists.

The Hornets news release on Sunday night said Ball will be listed as out indefinitely and additional updates will be provided when available. But ESPN later reported the injury would end Ball’s rookie season.

The favorite to win the 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year award, Ball is averaging 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.59 steals in 41 games. Since becoming a starter on Feb. 1, Ball is averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 21 starts.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Ball was the only rookie in the last 60 years to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star Break.

Charlotte (20-21) continues its five-game West Coast road trip on Monday at 8:30 p.m. at San Antonio.