There’s a buzz in Charlotte and Hornets legend Muggsy Bogues is relishing watching his former team blossom into one of the NBA’s most exciting young teams.
The Hornets build a strong playoff record throughout the first quarter of the season and one of the main reasons it was the reigning Rookie of the Year LaMelo ball play, following in Bogues’ footsteps. as the Hornets playmaker filled with highlights.
“LaMelo is contagious, guys love to play with him,” Bogues told Quentin Richardson and Jamal Crawford during NBA Hooper Vision’s live broadcast of the Hornets vs Bucks game on NBA League Pass.
“It’s a treat to see a guy come in with that kind of humility and willingness to want to raise his teammates and I think playing abroad last year has allowed him to grow up to play against those kind of players. professionals and gave him a head start to come in to blend in with these guys and that has been very visible from last year to this year. “
The Hornets came close to qualifying for LaMelo’s rookie playoffs, 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 in the alongside veterans Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier.
“This year everyone is healthy, everyone is playing basketball, you have four guys averaging 20 points,” Bogues added.
“With the veterans and the youngsters, I think it’s definitely a must-see sight for the city of Charlotte for sure… I think these guys like to play together.”
Ball was almost the hero in Milwaukee, draining a clutch triple to tie it at 125-125 with 5.9 seconds left, before Giannis Antetokounmpo descended on the other end to hit the winning layup.
He finished with a career-high 36 points on the night, adding nine assists, five rebounds, steals and a block on 12 of 22 and 8 of 15 shots from the 3-point line.
The Hornets have had impressive wins this season, beating the Washington Wizards (twice), Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers.
After tonight’s loss to the Bucks, they will face a series of tough games that will test the young team, facing the Atlanta Hawks, a back-to-back against the Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns. , the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets in their next 10 games.