NBA Rumors: LaMelo Ball Changes Hornets Jersey Number to No. 2 from No. 1

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 18, 2022

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 13: LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets dribbles the ball to the basket during the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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LaMelo Ball is making good on his promise to never wear No. 2 again.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Ball has officially changed his number to No. 1 for the 2022-23 season. The Charlotte Hornets star wore No. 2 in each of his first two NBA seasons.

Ball previously said he planned to make the switch back to No. 1, the number he wore throughout his pre-NBA basketball life.

"It's supposed to [happen]," Ball told reporters in April. "I ain't supposed to wear two ever again in my life. If I see a two, ah man, I don't know what I'm going to do, I ain't going to lie to you. I just ain't never been two. It's just weird for me. It just don't feel like you playing, for real. Like, I don't know who this is. I don't know who No. 2 is. I know my brother, that's it. No other No. 2s."

Malik Monk wore No. 1 during Ball's first season with the Hornets and was not too keen on handing it over. When Monk signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last offseason, Ball attempted to change his number to No. 1 but missed the filing deadline.


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It appears Ball left nothing up to chance this offseason and will finally get his wish for his desired number.

The All-Star guard averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 assists and 6.7 rebounds last season. We'll have to see if his number switch leads to him reaching even greater heights on the floor.