There’s a ‘buzz’ back in Charlotte, and Hornets ‘legend’ Muggsy Bogues is delighting in enjoying his old group blossom into among the most impressive young groups in the NBA.
The Hornets are making a solid-playoff case through the first quarter of the season, and one big reason has been the play of ruling Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball, following Bogues’ steps as a highlight-filled Hornets point guard.
” LaMelo is transmittable. The guys enjoy having fun with him,” Bogues told Quentin Richardson and Jamal Crawford throughout the NBA Hooper Vision live-broadcast of the Hornets video game against the Bucks on NBA League Pass.
” It’s a reward to see a person come in with that kind of humbleness and determination to wish to uplift his teammates. I believe him playing overseas in 2015 allowed him to grow to bet those types of professional players and offered him a head start coming in to blend in with these guys, and it’s been noticeable from in 2015 to this year.”
The Hornets fell simply shy of making the postseason in LaMelo’s novice project, losing to the Indiana Pacers in the ‘Play-In Tournament’. As it stands, the Hornets are 13-11, great for the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference, with their young-core of LaMelo, Miles Bridges, and Kelly Oubre Jr. continuing to enhance alongside veterans Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier.
” This year everybody’s healthy everyone playing share basketball you got four people averaging 20 points,” Bogues added.
” With the veterans and the young men, I think it’s been a sight to see for the city of Charlotte for sure … I believe these men delight in playing with one another.”
Ball was almost the hero for Milwaukee, draining pipes a clutch triple to connect 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.
Ball finished with ‘career-high’ 36 points on the night, adding nine assists, five-rebounds, three-steals, and a block on ’12-of-22′ shooting and 8-of-15 from the 3-point line.
This season, the Hornets have picked up some excellent wins, beating the Washington Wizards (two times), the Golden State Warriors, Memphis-Grizzlies, and Portland Trailblazers.
Following their’ loss’ against the Bucks, the Hornets face a brutal stretch of games that will check the young group. They will take on the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia-76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and Denver Nuggets over their next ten games.