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Carmelo Anthony Discusses LaMelo Ball’s Burgeoning Talent, Persona

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Carmelo Anthony touched on LaMelo Ball’s rising profile and three-point celebrations after the Trail Blazers’ win over the Hornets.

Charlotte Hornets v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Monday’s contest between the Trail Blazers and Hornets placed Carmelo Anthony and LaMelo Ball across from each other for the first time in a NBA matchup. Individually, Ball’s 30-point outing allowed him to finish a single point in front of Anthony’s 29-point performance.

After the game, Anthony opened up about the Ball’s emerging national profile and the name that they share.

Ball is averaging 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in his debut season with the Hornets. That output has placed Ball out in front of the pack for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award.

After the game, Ball and Anthony marked the occasion by exchanging jerseys.

The Blazers and Hornets cross paths again on April 18 in Charlotte.