Sport Hornets legend Muggsy Bogues reserves high praise for LaMelo Ball: 'The guys love playing with him'

07:36  02 december  2021
07:36  02 december  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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There's a buzz back in Charlotte and Hornets legend Muggsy Bogues is relishing watching his old team blossom into one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA.

The Hornets are making a solid playoff case through the first quarter of the season and one big reason why has been the play of reigning Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball, following in Bogues' footsteps as a highlight-filled Hornets point guard.

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"LaMelo is infectious, the guys love playing with him," Bogues told on Quentin Richardson and Jamal Crawford during the NBA Hooper Vision live broadcast of the Hornets game against the Bucks.

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"It's a treat to see a guy come in with that type of humbleness and willingness to want to uplift his teammates and I think him playing overseas last year allowed him to grow to play against those type of professional players and gave him a head start coming in to blend in with these guys and it's been very noticeable from last year to this year."

The Hornets fell just shy of making the postseason in LaMelo's rookie campaign, losing to the Indiana Pacers in the Play-In Tournament. As it stands the Hornets are 13-11, good for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, with their young core of LaMelo, Miles Bridges, and Kelly Oubre Jr. continuing to improve alongside veterans Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier.

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"This year everybody's healthy everybody playing share basketball you got four guys pretty much averaging 20 points," Bogues added.

"With the veterans and the young guys, I think it's really been a sight to see for the city of Charlotte for sure...I think these guys enjoy playing with one another."

Ball was nearly the hero in Milwaukee, draining a clutch triple to tie it up at 125-125 with 5.9 seconds to go, before Giannis Antetokounmpo went down the other end to hit the game-winning layup.

The Hornets have picked up some impressive wins this season, beating the Washington Wizards (twice), the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers.

Following tonight's loss against the Bucks, they face a tough stretch of games that will test the young team, facing the  Atlanta Hawks, a back-to-back against the Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets in their next 10 games.

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