Lamelo Ball drives to the basket but gets tripped up and falls on his right hand.
Although he would continue to play, doing almost everything on the court exclusively with his left, after the game, the diagnosis came out to be a season ending fracture, confirming the worst fears for the Hornets franchise.
Lamelo is the latest high profile player to get injured and miss a significant portion of the season after Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, and Lebron James of course.
Let me explain how this changes the landscape for awards such as rookie of the year, MVP and Most improved player as well, and why this is the nightmare scenario for the NBA.
What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
Let’s start off with the MVP situation. The Lebron James media mafia kept mentioning him, and building his case and pushing the narrative for the king as a serious candidate, even though there are a lot of players just as deserving if not more than him this season.
The campaign grew even stronger after Joel Embiid got injured. Completely disregarding players like Jokic who is averaging a damn near triple double double, all that while being within 3 games of Lebron’s Lakers. Or Damian Lillard, who has been holding this Blazers team with duct tape from falling apart, after injuries to both Nurkic and CJ Mccollum at the start of the season. Also with the same record as the Nuggets.
And I have to mention the reigning MVP Giannis, who’s been on fire lately, leading the Bucks to 11 wins in their last 12 games.
So now the plot thickens. I cannot remember the last time that the MVP race has been this wide open. And all these injuries could have huge implications.
For example the next few games for the Lakers are looking scary. Even the Magic look like the favorites against this remaining LA roster.
By the time Lebron gets back, how far will they fall in the standings?
One important thing to keep an eye on in this whole situation however is the fact that James has a miraculous track record when it comes to ankle injuries.
Throughout his career, there have been 8 times where he injured his ankle. And he missed a grand total of only 3 games before this one.
So I don’t know, the fact that he was able to at least play a bit more after the injury, and given the situation that the Lakers are in, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets back on the court sooner rather than later, and with that continue his pursuit for the MVP.
And the latest news on Embiid from the always reliable Chams Charania is that Joel is feeling much better than expected in these first few days from his injury. So he might also push to come back in a sixers uniform.
But the people at the NBA offices are sort of biting their nails watching this, as they definitely wouldn’t want their superstars to rush things and get back too early to a point where they possibly re-aggravate their injuries just in time for the playoffs- when it matters the most of course.
So although Adam Silver and company are happy that a lot of players are performing at a high level and the race for the most valuable player is competitive, the injuries of the elite such as Bron, AD and Joel are making things extremely scary for them.
The thought of a conference finals between the Jazz and the Nuggets for example is suicidal for the TV ratings. As much as a basketball purist like me would love that to happen.
And they’ll never admit this, but having the Lakers be in it at the end, is what the league wants and needs. And for that to happen, both Lebron and Anthony Davis have to be healthy come playoff time.
With all that being said however, there is a real possibility that these top 2 MVP candidates miss a lot of time in the regular season, and the award to be won by another player as a partial consequence of the injuries.
Which leads us to the Rookie of the year debate where if everything stays the same, it’s almost definitive that Anthony Edwards is now the favorite to win it, solely as a result of this new situation and the injury that Lamelo suffered.
Check this out. They have been neck and neck when it comes to scoring throughout the entire season, however Ball has been outstanding with his 6 assists per game, helping get Charlotte in the playoff picture, when nobody could even dream about it happening.
So there was no doubt up until this point who’s been the best rookie. However, missing almost half of the remaining season, removes a player from the conversation almost by default.
Guys like Tyrese Halliburton who I really love, and Immanuel Quickley who I’ve already made a video about are now all of a sudden also in the Rookie of the year debate, alongside James Wiseman. But again, if you give truth serum to some of the lead guys in the NBA offices, they’ll admit that the ideal scenario would be for a flashy guy like Lamelo to win it, all while transforming a losing franchise into a playoff team.


  1. Alexandre Sfeir

    Alexandre SfeirПре месец

    Funny how u missed steph curry in the mvp race

  2. ay ru

    ay ruПре 19 дана

    @Kiriman 24 randle MIP?

  3. Kiriman 24

    Kiriman 24Пре 19 дана

    Jokic MVP Kawhi DPOY Edwards ROTY Jeremi Grant Most improved

  4. Uwe Moyela

    Uwe MoyelaПре месец

    cause curry is not in the mvp race.

  5. Ettore Tornato

    Ettore TornatoПре месец

    Mvp Curry leading his team to miss playoffs. In this logic Lillard is a God

  6. ay ru

    ay ruПре месец

    @Lone High dont worry not all curry fans r this bad read my other comment lmao

  7. xLilPuddinTater

    xLilPuddinTaterПре 3 дана

    1 month later and he's back without issue lmfao. "WORST NIGHTMARE"

  8. gogalevus

    gogalevusПре 17 дана

    During his NBA career Joel Embiid played 250 games out of 410. Statistically it means that he missed 40% of the games due to injury. He definitely needs to change something. Three things come to mind: First, he overtrains and exert his body, second, he carries to much weight and third, his style of play makes him prone to injury. Perhaps, he needs to change all of the above...

  9. Robert

    RobertПре 18 дана

    A team of 6’6 vs a team of 5’8. This is why there is a gap and there isn’t an NBA division 2 or 3. This is why NBA works

  10. rosrebel

    rosrebelПре месец

    Nba ..league of no defense...

  11. Colin Heintze

    Colin HeintzeПре месец

    I like how you mentioned that the Lakers' injuries might keep them from advancing in the playoffs as if the refs wouldn't rig the series for them anyways

  12. Luis Moreno

    Luis MorenoПре месец

    So LaMelo is already considered a “high profile” player ?

  13. Johny Bee

    Johny BeeПре месец

    Agree with all you said!!!

  14. Almantas Glinskas

    Almantas GlinskasПре месец

    Who cares

  15. Bernard Delos Santos

    Bernard Delos SantosПре месец

    Speaking of MVP race, Lbj indeed has good numbers for a 36y/o player, but if we base it in stats, which lebron fans always use as their narrative, you'll be surprised, Lbj's name cant be seen in the League Leaders compared to his first 2 seasons with the Lakers. Currently, Nikola Jokic Leads 9 categories in the leader boards. Check this base stat Leaders. Stats leaders this season: PPG : 1st B.Beal, 2nd D.Lillard, 3rd S.Curry, 4th L.Doncic, 5th G.Antetokounmpo RPG : 1st C.Capela, 2nd R.Gobert, 3rd J.Valanciunas, 4th E.Kanter, 5th N.Vucevic APG : 1st J.Harden, 2nd R.Westbrook, 3rd T.Young, 4th L.Doncic, 5th C.Paul FG% : 1st R.Gobert, 2nd R.Holmes, 3rd M.Harrell, 4th J.Allen, 5th Z. Williamson 3pt Made : 1st S.Curry, 2nd B.Hield, 3rd D.Lillard, 4th D.Robinson, 5th Z.Lavine 3pt% : 1st T.Snell, 2nd J.Harris, 3rd J.Ingles, 4th B.Portis, 5th L.Kennard BPG : 1st M.Turner, 2nd R.Gobert, 3rd C.Capela, 4th N.Noel, 5th C.Boucher SPG : 1st TJ.McConnell, 2nd K.Leonard, 3rd F.Vanvleet, 4th J.Holiday, 5th D.Wright -and if you are not satisfied with the above stats you can always check the Full List of League Leaders in Basketball Reference, and "currently" LBJ's name is missing, if he comes back, maybe he'll take at least 1 leader board coz this is embarrassing for the entire league if he win mvp without leading at least 1 leader board.

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    mdhashimor435 mdПре месец

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    Salwa MorcosПре месец

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  18. Braydon Kennedy

    Braydon KennedyПре месец

    Julius Randle Mip

  19. armaggedonsblade

    armaggedonsbladeПре месец

    Jokic MVP

  20. raptor

    raptorПре месец

    Hey where’s harden at

  21. Hairless Che

    Hairless CheПре месец

    Pray to Jesus today you will never regret it a relationship with Jesus is the only way to Heaven explicit rap is the music of the devil don’t listen to it

  22. Jordan Frandsen

    Jordan FrandsenПре месец

    Stephan: "The league would never admit it out loud...: David Stern: "The ideal finals match up would be Lakers-Lakers" The quote is out there

  23. Don Lee.

    Don Lee.Пре месец

    nba wants a Brooklyn nets and LA lakers finals.

  24. Mike Smith

    Mike SmithПре месец

    Wow you call this a nightmare lol wow it’s just a game

  25. Jrppe

    JrppeПре месец

    LaMelos injury reminds me of my story so much. I had the same fracture falling in the same spot at the start of the 3rd quarter and still continued playing after and then being on the bench the rest of the game. I was out with a cast for 2 months and had to strenghten it for 2 weeks

  26. Matsalah

    MatsalahПре месец

    NBA needs to shorten the season. Injuries are inevitable in such a fast paced, highly physical game. But add that to a grueling 82-game season and you increase the chances significantly.

  27. Enting Kabesote

    Enting KabesoteПре месец

    Bron can still walk on its own a sign its not that serious

  28. hyper_extreme 101

    hyper_extreme 101Пре месец

    dame for mvp tyrese for roty wood for mip

  29. Raphael Clark

    Raphael ClarkПре месец

    Keep getting injured Portland go crazy

  30. Sereño Ryan

    Sereño RyanПре месец

    If the Nuggets clinched to the top 2 or 3 team in the West , I would guarantee Jokic would win the MVP award,

  31. Owari Da Jiren

    Owari Da JirenПре месец

    Not a Ball fan but MJ must build players/superstars around LaMelo and don't ever trade him. His the new face and future of Charlotte Hornets. 🤷‍♂️

  32. Onestop Funstop

    Onestop FunstopПре месец

    There's no Time off. There was no Off Season. There were no Rookie Camps. There was no Summer League. No Time off between last season and the start of this season to heal their bodies... And there are Back to Back Games, and 3 games in 4 nights, over and over and over again. The NBA is killing their own players over greed...

  33. Onestop Funstop

    Onestop FunstopПре месец

    @W7N I agree...

  34. W7N

    W7NПре месец

    I don’t even understand why they just didn’t do less games, 72 is far to much in the short time they have


    FACLESS DZПре месец

    nah.. hitting shuts on the regular season... see you in the playoff when start shooting bricks as always stephen

  36. CallMeGabriel

    CallMeGabrielПре месец

    Who thinks the nba finals is gonna be lakers vs nets like Fr

  37. Redmailnet

    RedmailnetПре месец

    You guys are just racist towards Luka.

  38. rod s

    rod sПре месец

    The measly advertisement expectedly touch because celery ophthalmoscopically terrify by a idiotic comb. woebegone, adorable colony

  39. Kobe Bean The GOAT

    Kobe Bean The GOATПре месец

    Lebron could play on that ankle tomorrow....This is just a good chance to give him a breather, since he has to do way too much right now without AD

  40. GoodPrince

    GoodPrinceПре месец

    I placed a bet were i have ROY Lamelo, MVP Embiid and MIP C.Wood, but i placed it early and everything was going great, till everyone got injured. DAMN IT

  41. Justin Albert Gonzales

    Justin Albert GonzalesПре месец

    Although Lamelo will miss about half of the season and even if Antman plays amazing until the end of the season, the fact that Lamelo impacted the team a lot more and translated to more wins compared to the Wolves and Kings, personally, Lamelo gets ROTY.

  42. This world is ours

    This world is oursПре месец

    This fucking pandemic also makes athletes vulnerable to injuries 🙄

  43. House Grumpy Boys

    House Grumpy BoysПре месец

    Jokic, Giannis, and Dame are definitely the frontliners for MVP.

  44. Elenrad

    ElenradПре месец

    Jokic MVP.

  45. marko loko

    marko lokoПре месец

    you sounds like betosky..

  46. Thanasis Papaioanu

    Thanasis PapaioanuПре месец

    What are you smoking? Anthony Edwards is neck and neck with Lamelo?! It is not even remotely close. Edwards has been playing in a junk team that is dead last and he barely makes any difference whatsoever. My grandma could put up some numbers for a trash team like t-wolves. This is LaMelo ROTY, the easiest choice ever.

  47. R41N_ L14R

    R41N_ L14RПре месец

    MVP: Jokic MIP: Jeremi Grant DPOY: Myles Turner 6MOY: Jordan Clarkson ROTY: either Lamelo, IQ, or Tyrese

  48. Triggy McTrigger

    Triggy McTriggerПре месец

    They should start giving awards to players who can average 30+ mins a game and play a full season cuz itll never happen again

  49. jon doe

    jon doeПре месец

    Bron gona come out wearing a cast with negative mri/xray again to show us his greatness

  50. Cha Pam

    Cha PamПре месец

    Lamelo is just for the hype. 🤣

  51. ernest ceballos

    ernest ceballosПре месец

    Jordan clarkson MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

  52. Joshua Ricofort Crudo

    Joshua Ricofort CrudoПре месец

    Julius Randle MIP no cap

  53. Philmar Moling

    Philmar MolingПре месец

    Lillard is damn on fire 🔥..

  54. Juan Herrera

    Juan HerreraПре месец

    The fourth category is DPOY since Isaac is not playing

  55. huoiopows awfrqwaf

    huoiopows awfrqwafПре месец

    make more deadlifts for wrist strenght

  56. SC

    SCПре месец

    J Poole for MIP

  57. SC

    SCПре месец

    LeBron's media mafia

  58. Hardest Eva

    Hardest EvaПре месец

    LILLARD is the real MVP

  59. Vintage Drugrug

    Vintage DrugrugПре месец

    Bro you're comparing people who are 10 plus years younger than lebron that's why he's the mvp

  60. Carnage3 y2j

    Carnage3 y2jПре месец

    Embid posterized a man so hard he got injured

  61. ederson barrientos

    ederson barrientosПре месец

    They are forcing them too much. They should’ve canceled the Allstar game and made the season shorter.

  62. Renjolo Bagunu

    Renjolo BagunuПре месец


  63. Dutu27

    Dutu27Пре месец

    lillard for mvp

  64. Ralph Jeremiah Arambulo

    Ralph Jeremiah ArambuloПре месец

    Any plans for the upcoming 500k subs White Kyrie? Always love your content man! Peace!

  65. Nickolai Uy

    Nickolai UyПре месец

    this fucking suckss hornets were fun to watch :/

  66. Laurence Alago

    Laurence AlagoПре месец

    i like that you didn't missed wood

  67. Nearph

    NearphПре месец

    Jazz and Nuggets conference finals, better be Adam Silver resign to the nba as it will be suicidal for the viewership. 😂

  68. Ceej Caballero

    Ceej CaballeroПре месец

    I dunno why NBA players injured much. Maybe because of their size? I always sprain my ankle but now it got used to it but my ankle became unstable tho so maybe take care of your body.

  69. Wolf-team03

    Wolf-team03Пре месец

    Your teamate Harden is a mvp candidate too White Kyrie

  70. Jean Lacaba

    Jean LacabaПре месец

    You missed on Jordan Clarkson as a sixth man candidate.

  71. Gabriel Lim

    Gabriel LimПре месец

    Day 2 of requesting a mini dunk

  72. Brian Erwin

    Brian ErwinПре месец

    james harden's to lose

  73. Rholan Alforque

    Rholan AlforqueПре месец

    So Ben Simmons will win another rookie of the year🤔

  74. william blake

    william blakeПре месец

    if bron missed 3 games maybe those are not so injuries?

  75. Giovanni Bissolo

    Giovanni BissoloПре месец

    el facu for rookie of the year :)

  76. J G C

    J G CПре месец

    Jordan Clarkson for Most Improved

  77. david velkovski

    david velkovskiПре месец

    The NBA: Where we don't want teams to win on merit because of the ratings

  78. Liam Welke

    Liam WelkeПре месец

    You missed Embid and Davis as Defensive Player of the year candidates

  79. Hae Zhao

    Hae ZhaoПре месец

    The chunky paper hypothetically film because north sadly chew during a mute physician. flimsy, disturbed flesh

  80. Papi Totoy Tv

    Papi Totoy TvПре месец

    Even lamelo is out for the rest of the season, I think he deserves the award, haliburton is almost there with AntMan, still lamelo made an impact already for their team, and for the MVP, I think it will be hard for the others to cope up with the narratives of the media, but high hopes for the deserving man! James fan here, but someone is also deserving

  81. John D Johnson

    John D JohnsonПре месец

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  82. Kamichi Kora

    Kamichi KoraПре месец

    What's happening in the Nba with all these injuries?... No... Really... What's going on?!!!

  83. Rome Madali

    Rome MadaliПре месец

    with MVP, I agreed that Dame dollar and the Joker deserve an MVP with the stats they provide. the thing is their team was not winning. and James harden is on a weak conference. so LeBron deserves better than any other player.

  84. Henry Ezekhiel Go

    Henry Ezekhiel GoПре месец

    so agreeable

  85. EagleofHeavyMetal

    EagleofHeavyMetalПре месец

    Heat Check next 5939298492929392 videos in TURTLENECK because of one shot 😂😂😂

  86. EagleofHeavyMetal

    EagleofHeavyMetalПре месец

    Loved how you called out the Lebron fanboys in the media. It is ridiculous. Perkins even stated that Lebron is the GOAT because he bought shares in the Boston Red Sox.

  87. N Marbletoe

    N MarbletoeПре месец

    people if you get injured stop don't keep playing on it

  88. O K

    O KПре месец

    This is crazy. He shouldn't have played on. Where are the medical team

  89. Ford Clifford

    Ford CliffordПре месец

    If the knicks make the playoffs this year, i'll go for Julius Randle as the Most Improved Player of the Year

  90. Jonathan Chan

    Jonathan ChanПре месец

    na lebron is getting it not even a close contest because of hype

  91. Niopmahcheep 2413

    Niopmahcheep 2413Пре месец

    Where is the "Ben Simmons coming for ROTY award" jokes?

  92. Kubae420

    Kubae420Пре месец

    bron better not come back in 3 games. my mans NEEDS a rest, his all happened cause hes trying to do too much

  93. Dhanush Kondaparthi

    Dhanush KondaparthiПре месец

    Even Steph curry is injured man!!!

  94. emofound

    emofoundПре месец

    Sixers vs Jazz finals!!!

  95. Dibya Pradipta

    Dibya PradiptaПре месец

    Gotta get back to the Zion train 😆

  96. Calisay Hard2kill 2.0

    Calisay Hard2kill 2.0Пре месец

    I did the exact same thing lamelo did on my left leg but it was only sprained I hope he gets better faster

  97. Aman Saxena

    Aman SaxenaПре месец


  98. Giannis willneverwinaringtekumpo

    Giannis willneverwinaringtekumpoПре месец

    looks like lamelo durabilityness has expired

  99. OnDaNod88

    OnDaNod88Пре месец

    Lebron will be back by mid April. Lamelo is a huge loss for the nba

  100. BoB-O Mr. M

    BoB-O Mr. MПре месец

    A lot of injuries this season many of them are ankle Injuries. referees probably have to enforce the clear landing zone rule more often also wipe the floors looks like they playing on top of banana peels

  101. Ron M

    Ron MПре месец

    Yes just change the rules for the 100th time to make even softer for these softies...maybe just have the whole team sit out the bench and just watch someone shoot uncontested. ..oh wait ..that akready happens..lmao

  102. Jadon

    JadonПре месец

    Giannis for the triple MVP?!?!?!🤩🤩🤩

  103. Mohammed Haider

    Mohammed HaiderПре месец

    He'll no

  104. Hernan Pantolla

    Hernan PantollaПре месец

    Only the 6MOY narrative is safe. For now.

  105. Michael Bickerstaff

    Michael BickerstaffПре месец

    Can i sponsor one of your videos? 🥺

  106. Say Less

    Say LessПре месец

    I agree with everything except for one: Lamelo will still win ROTY he’s played 41 games so far and that his stats enough will seal this. Also think about how the NBA ratings have gone up because of him, he’s literally NBAs grandson so to speak. The media will have you believe others are in the Race but nope

  107. go0dboy0922

    go0dboy0922Пре месец

    They are sleeping on Harden =(

  108. Slavoj Žižek

    Slavoj ŽižekПре месец

    This video is incorrect. ROTY is either Zion or Ben Simmons

  109. Mr.E

    Mr.EПре месец

    This year's mvp will be one of the weakest in a while. There's no one that really stands out above the rest

  110. Mr.E

    Mr.EПре месец

    @MoLegend Bang Bang he would stand out...if his team was a top 2 or 3 seed again like always. Unfortunately he's a 5th seed

  111. MoLegend Bang Bang

    MoLegend Bang BangПре месец

    You forgot about Joker

  112. ChuloDavidcito

    ChuloDavidcitoПре месец

    Do you think that something in particular is causing so many injuries? PS: looks like you need to shoot fouls from the chair! 😉