LaMelo Ball
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LaMelo Ball is set to face LeBron James for the first time in his career Thursday, but for the Charlotte Hornets’ rookie is just another game.

According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Ball said the following when asked if he was excited to be facing LeBron for the first time:

“I mean, nah,” Ball, 19, told reporters on a videoconference Tuesday ahead of the Charlotte Hornets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. “I grew up a little different. Not really on basketball like that. So, not really.”

Ball continued by saying it will be cool to face the Lakers’ superstar, however he always brings the same energy no matter the opponent.

“I go to every game with the same approach – going in to try to get a win,” he said. Ball is the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award this season.

The 6’6″ point guard is averaging 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game for the Hornets, who are still in the East playoff race with a 20-18 record.