How long will LaMelo Ball be OUT? Timeline for Hornets star’s ankle injury, return date and latest news

After missing the first 13 games of the season due to an ankle injury, LaMelo Ball suffered another setback in a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 16.

How is LaMelo Ball’s injury progressing?

How is LaMelo Ball's injury progressing?
(Source: Wikipedia)

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Ball exited the game in the final two minutes after rolling his ankle when he accidentally stepped on the foot of a courtside fan as he attempted a steal.

What is Ball’s next step? And here is what we understand exactly about his injury and when he might be able to return to the court for the Hornets.

Ball tweaked the same ankle that had kept him out for the first 13 games of the season after landing on the fan’s foot, and he began limping before heading to the locker room.

Per the Hornets, he has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain.

Ball had his greatest match since back from injury, scoring 16 of his 26 points in the second half.

He successfully completed with 26 points, six assists, one rebound, and two steals on 10-of-17 shooting and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.

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How long will LaMelo Ball be out?

Ball has only did play three games since experiencing a Grade 2 left ankle sprain in the preseason, and it’s unclear whether he’ll miss any more.

“Hopefully it’s not bad,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “I’m sure we won’t really know anything until (Thursday).”

2022-23 Hornets schedule

On Friday, Nov. 18, the Hornets will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road.

DateOpponentTime (ET)TV channel
Nov. 18at Cavaliers7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20at Wizards6 p.m.
Nov. 23vs. 76ers7 p.m.
Nov. 25vs. Timberwolves5 p.m.
Nov. 18at Celtics7:30 p.m.

About LaMelo Ball

No. 1 – Charlotte Hornets
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
BornAugust 22, 2001 (age 21)
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school
  • Chino Hills (Chino Hills, California)
  • SPIRE Academy (Geneva, Ohio)
NBA draft2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018Los Angeles Ballers
2019–2020Illawarra Hawks
2020–presentCharlotte Hornets