An alarming lack of competitive fire

LaMelo Ball has yet to play hard

BY DAVID THORPE

LaMelo Ball is 6-7 with incredible ball skills and a gifted sense of finding open teammates. There’s a Jason Kidd/Ben Simmons aspect, a tall game manager who can feed high-scoring teammates, lead breathtaking fast breaks, and make average scorers look amazing with perfectly timed “dimes.” And he appears to have big potential as a scorer. …

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