LaMelo Ball mocks ref in showdown against brother Lonzo



LaMelo Ball, like most professional athletes, thinks he could do a better job than the referees. But on Monday, the Hornets point guard took it a step further.

LaMelo, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year, was in Chicago to face his older brother, Lonzo Ball, and the Bulls. Clearly dissatisfied with referee Tony Brothers, LaMelo announced plans for his post-playing career.

“I’mma be a ref when I’m done hooping, and show y’all how to ref,” Ball yelled.

LaMelo Ball mocked the reffing in Monday's Hornets game against the Bulls.
LaMelo Ball mocked the reffing in Monday’s Hornets game against the Bulls.

The Bulls won the game, 133-119. LaMelo had a poor shooting night, scoring 18 points on 15 shots, but did distribute 13 assists. Meanwhile, brother Lonzo had 16 points on eight shots to go along with eight assists.

It’s still early in the NBA season, but Hornets-Bulls could be a fun first-round playoff matchup. Currently, the Bulls have the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a 14-8 record, while the Hornets are sixth at 13-10.

LaMelo Ball ripped the refs in a game where he was competing with his brother, Lonzo.
LaMelo Ball competes against older brother Lonzo Ball.
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The performance of LaMelo and Lonzo Ball at the NBA level has in many ways vindicated their father, LaVar Ball, who came under a lot of scrutiny for his particular brand of bombast over the years.

While he gets less coverage for it now, the Ball patriarch has not slowed down his promotional hijinks. In the past week, Lavar said that his sons would be the first billionaire boys to play basketball (notwithstanding the point that Michael Jordan is there, and that LeBron James and Kevin Durant can’t be far behind, presuming they’re not already there on paper). He also said he wants them to form a super-team in Chicago and ripped the Hornets for keeping his middle son, LiAngelo Ball, in the G League.


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