Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball is in the midst of his third season in the NBA.
Thus far, the verdict on his career has been mixed.
Ball came out with a bang in his rookie year and was hands down the best player from that class. The future looked bright for both him and the Hornets.
Unfortunately, in the years since it has become increasingly unclear how big of a difference-maker Ball actually is. Charlotte has an objectively decent roster around the 21-year-old, yet the team 15-36 for the season and sits in second-last-place in the East.
While Ball’s impact on the court remains in question, his skills off it are incredible. The youngster has been dating 34-year-old Instagram model Ana Montana for a while now, and the pair released a fun-looking video of them partying together this past week.
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This isn’t the first time Ball and his girl have found themselves in the headlines. Between Ana Montana having to fend off claims that she is an escort, the tattoo she allegedly got of him in an intimate place and all the pregnancy speculation – it has been one thing after another with them.
As far Ball’s on-the-court career, time will tell where that goes. Hornets owner Michael Jordan has made it abundantly clear how he feels about his young superstar.
The Mahomes Clan celebrated by getting a party bus. Unclear if the NFL refs were invited.https://t.co/8D2wgHEKMh
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 31, 2023
And yet, despite all that, the team keeps losing.
Ball is currently on Year 3 of his rookie deal. Next season he is due $10.9 million, and then the season after that the Hornets can extend a $14.3 million qualifying offer.
For the foreseeable future, Ball is probably bound to Charlotte. Will Ana Montana ride it out with him until he gets his next big deal? Time will tell.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.