With cast off, Hornets’ LaMelo Ball taking wrist rehab day by day

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Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball on Tuesday said there is no firm date for his return to play after receiving clearance to resume individual basketball activity from the team medical staff.

The Hornets announced on Monday the cast on Ball’s right wrist was removed after a CT scan determined the fractured bone was fully healed following surgery on March 23. Ball said his wrist is still stiff but is taking his rehabilitation day by day now that the cast has been removed.

Ball suffered the injury on March 20 versus the Los Angeles Clippers after taking a hard fall to the court. He initially tried to play through it but was eventually forced to leave the contest.

“I remember going to the basket and then I kinda stumbled on my foot and fell back,” Ball said. “When I went to fall on my hands, my wrist just bent back. I thought it was just a sprain. I was going to finish the game out, probably ice it after the game and then be cool for the next one. It started irritating more and more. I still didn’t think it was broke but it was.”

While Ball was unsure of a potential return to the lineup, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported there is optimism within the team that he could return in 7-10 days. His return will certainly be dependent on his rehab, but it appears as though he will soon be back on the court.

Ball, through 41 games played, is averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals with the Hornets. Despite not playing since March 20, Ball ranks second in total scoring and assists among all rookie players.

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