Following the NBA Draft, the older brother of Charlotte Hornets’ rookie LaMelo Ball made a special request.
It’s been two days since the NBA Draft, and fans are still thinking about who the Charlotte Hornets took in the first round. The Hornets have not held a high pick like they had since the 2013 draft.
Days after the draft, Hornets’ rookie LaMelo Ball was interviewed by the media and he showed off his jersey number. Ball wore #1 while in the Australian Basketball League, but he had to take #2 since his jersey was already taken by Malik Monk. Marvin Williams was the last player to wear #2 for Charlotte.
More from Swarm and Sting
- Charlotte Hornets: Potential 2021 NBA Draft trade up or down scenarios
- Charlotte Hornets: Can LaMelo Ball be a franchise player?
- Charlotte Hornets: 3 trades to consider for the 11th pick
- Charlotte Hornets: Grading Bismack Biyombo’s 2020-2021 Season
- Charlotte Hornets: 3 Players to avoid with the 11th overall pick
Fans had been waiting with anticipation to see what jersey number that Ball would take. However, Ball’s older brother, Lonzo Ball, made a special request on Twitter when he saw what number LaMelo got.
On Twitter, Lonzo quoted the tweet of LaMelo holding his jersey and said: Ayo @AhmadMonk
what’s good?! You know you want 5!! Lonzo made it clear that he wanted his younger brother to get his jersey number,
Monk has had the jersey #1 since he was drafted by Charlotte. Monk originally wore #5 when he was at Kentucky, but he was unable to wear his number because it is taken by Nicolas Batum, who will be serving the final year of his contract.
It’s unclear if Monk will be changing his jersey number for LaMelo, as he’s made no indication on social media yet. The only way that Monk could switch to #5, is if Batum decides to change his number too.
Nevertheless, fans will need to stay tuned to see if the Charlotte Hornets’ rookie gets his jersey number.
UPDATE: Monk replied to Lonzo Ball on Twitter stating that he can’t give up his jersey number.