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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1061 » by Soul Rebel » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:02 pm

MPM wrote:
Soul Rebel wrote:I don't know if this has been asked, but have we seen LaMelo dunk yet?

Not imperative, but a 6'7" super sudden player surely has had the opportunity in one of his FG attempts to yam it home....I don't recall seeing it yet.


Recall a soft flush in the first game or two, but - yeah - he'll likely always be a finesse finisher.

EDIT - found it - v. OKC



Wow, that looked quite awkward....haha. I'm not asking for any Miles hammers, but I do hope LaMelo can throw down some nice dunks eventually.

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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1062 » by amcoolio » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:03 pm

Since the NBA is likely going to be postponed for a while,

If you could gift just one of these:

1) Bradley Beal's shooting stroke/ability
2) Russell Westbrook's athleticism
3) Damian Lillard's clutchness rating in the 4th quarter/end of games
4) Ben Simmons' body

to LaMelo, which would you pick, and why?
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1063 » by BigSlam » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:43 pm

amcoolio wrote:Since the NBA is likely going to be postponed for a while,

If you could gift just one of these:

1) Bradley Beal's shooting stroke/ability
2) Russell Westbrook's athleticism
3) Damian Lillard's clutchness rating in the 4th quarter/end of games
4) Ben Simmons' body

to LaMelo, which would you pick, and why?

Ohhhhhhhhh - I loves these kinds of questions!!

I’ll take #1: Bradley Beal's shooting stroke/ability.

Melo is already so dangerous with the elements to his game he does have that I think if you added deadly shooting/scoring he’s be out of this world.

- I think his length/quickness and smarts can make up for not having other worldly athleticism.
- He’s already a pretty ballsy and confident player so I don’t think he’ll have problems shying away from game winners - and with Beals shooting/scoring he’d be good.
- I trust his driving and effectiveness on D, even without the body of Simmons.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1064 » by KEMBAtheMETEOR » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:48 pm

yeah definitely Beal's shooting.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1065 » by chabber » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:55 pm

amcoolio wrote:Since the NBA is likely going to be postponed for a while,

If you could gift just one of these:

1) Bradley Beal's shooting stroke/ability
2) Russell Westbrook's athleticism
3) Damian Lillard's clutchness rating in the 4th quarter/end of games
4) Ben Simmons' body

to LaMelo, which would you pick, and why?


I think I go with 1 or 3.

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4) In my mind Ben Simmons size would be very nice, but LaMelo's already a plus size player.
3) Russell Westbrooks athleticism would be amazing. I had recently already envisioned that if he had this, we'd have never been in position to draft him in the first place. However if top tier finishing doesn't accompany that athleticism, it's much less impressive.
2) 4th quarter scoring/end of games scoring, is probably what I should choose, because the hardest thing in basketball is scoring when it matters most. If were just talking about confidence then I think LaMelo already has that going for him.
1) Ultimately I landed on Beal's shooting stroke, because it'd make him a consistent scorer throughout the game.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1066 » by MPM » Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:56 pm

amcoolio wrote:Since the NBA is likely going to be postponed for a while,

If you could gift just one of these:

1) Bradley Beal's shooting stroke/ability
2) Russell Westbrook's athleticism
3) Damian Lillard's clutchness rating in the 4th quarter/end of games
4) Ben Simmons' body

to LaMelo, which would you pick, and why?


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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1067 » by Soul Rebel » Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:33 pm

amcoolio wrote:Since the NBA is likely going to be postponed for a while,

If you could gift just one of these:

1) Bradley Beal's shooting stroke/ability
2) Russell Westbrook's athleticism
3) Damian Lillard's clutchness rating in the 4th quarter/end of games
4) Ben Simmons' body

to LaMelo, which would you pick, and why?


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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1068 » by Hornet Mania » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:35 pm

Melo with elite shooting ability would probably be an MVP candidate someday. Easy choice.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1069 » by Liver_Pooty » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:13 am

2, easily.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1070 » by amcoolio » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:26 am

I think you guys underestimate having a 6'10", pretty strong LaMelo with the same speed, ball handling and craftyness that he has and willingness to shoot, and banking on he can fix his shot....
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1071 » by JMAC3 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:41 pm

amcoolio wrote:I think you guys underestimate having a 6'10", pretty strong LaMelo with the same speed, ball handling and craftyness that he has and willingness to shoot, and banking on he can fix his shot....


He is going to get stronger naturally though, think he can add 10 lbs of muscle in one offseason.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1072 » by James Gatz » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:17 pm

Liver_Pooty wrote:2, easily.


I'd still probably go Beal's shooting, but if he gets RW strength/athletics then is he basically a Lebron type? Lebron has learned to be a better shooter but he spent a lot of his career in the low 30s. A place where I expect Melo to be for at least first part of his career.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1073 » by JDR720 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:28 pm

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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1074 » by Rich4114 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:43 am

I think I’d actually go with the Lillard clutch. But having the Beal scoring is also tough to not take first.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1075 » by yosemiteben » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:09 am

Few games in now, any proposals for the thread title?
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1076 » by BlackOutBuzz » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:13 am

yosemiteben wrote:Few games in now, any proposals for the thread title?
I don't know but did you guys know this kid's middle name is "LaFrance"?

His brothers got Anderson and Robert, his dad's is Christopher. But nah...

LaFrance.

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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1077 » by JDR720 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:14 am

Better than Nic: The LaMelo LaFrance Ball Thread
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1078 » by Rich4114 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:31 am

You keep Nic and anything about him away from LaMelo.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1079 » by Hornet Mania » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:19 am

Thread title suggestions:

3rd Time's The Charm (referring to Lavar finally producing a star)
That Sound You Hear is Eric Collins Screaming
Worthy of LJ's Number

I also like the idea of something with LaFrance though, too weird not to use.
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Re: Welcome To Charlotte: LaMelo Ball 

Post#1080 » by MPM » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:24 am

Keep it simple:

Vive LaFrance.

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