22. Ožu 2021.
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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.

  • Funny how u missed steph curry in the mvp race

    Alexandre SfeirAlexandre SfeirPrije 18 dana
    • cause curry is not in the mvp race.

      Uwe MoyelaUwe MoyelaPrije 3 dana
    • Mvp Curry leading his team to miss playoffs. In this logic Lillard is a God

      Silvio BerlusconiSilvio BerlusconiPrije 9 dana
    • @# K dont worry not all curry fans r this bad read my other comment lmao

      ay ruay ruPrije 17 dana
    • gsw fan here at first yes but we re 500 now it isnt helping that we r missing steph for a whole week plus the inconsistency of oubre and wiggins either being hot or cold i dont like saying this but i have dame over curry in mvp THIS season only

      ay ruay ruPrije 17 dana
    • lol cant even get 8th seed ans you want him in the conversation. warriors fans are delusional.

      IIIlllIIll IIIlllIIllIIIlllIIll IIIlllIIllPrije 17 dana
  • Nba ..league of no defense...

    rosrebelrosrebelPrije 5 dana
  • 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

    Colin HeintzeColin HeintzePrije 7 dana
  • So LaMelo is already considered a “high profile” player ?

    Luis MorenoLuis MorenoPrije 9 dana
  • Agree with all you said!!!

    Johny BeeJohny BeePrije 11 dana
  • Who cares

    Almantas GlinskasAlmantas GlinskasPrije 12 dana
  • 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.

    Bernard Delos SantosBernard Delos SantosPrije 13 dana
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    Salwa MorcosSalwa MorcosPrije 15 dana
  • Julius Randle Mip

    Braydon KennedyBraydon KennedyPrije 15 dana
  • Jokic MVP

    armaggedonsbladearmaggedonsbladePrije 15 dana
  • Hey where’s harden at

    raptorraptorPrije 15 dana
  • 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

    Hairless CheHairless ChePrije 15 dana
  • 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

    Jordan FrandsenJordan FrandsenPrije 15 dana
  • nba wants a Brooklyn nets and LA lakers finals.

    Don Lee.Don Lee.Prije 15 dana
  • Wow you call this a nightmare lol wow it’s just a game

    Mike SmithMike SmithPrije 15 dana
  • 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

    JrppeJrppePrije 15 dana
  • 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.

    MatsalahMatsalahPrije 15 dana
  • Bron can still walk on its own a sign its not that serious

    Enting KabesoteEnting KabesotePrije 16 dana
  • dame for mvp tyrese for roty wood for mip

    hyper_extreme 101hyper_extreme 101Prije 16 dana
  • Keep getting injured Portland go crazy

    Raphael ClarkRaphael ClarkPrije 16 dana
  • If the Nuggets clinched to the top 2 or 3 team in the West , I would guarantee Jokic would win the MVP award,

    Sereño RyanSereño RyanPrije 16 dana
  • 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. 🤷‍♂️

    Owari Da JirenOwari Da JirenPrije 16 dana
  • 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...

    Onestop FunstopOnestop FunstopPrije 16 dana
    • @W7N I agree...

      Onestop FunstopOnestop FunstopPrije 15 dana
    • I don’t even understand why they just didn’t do less games, 72 is far to much in the short time they have

      W7NW7NPrije 15 dana
  • nah.. hitting shuts on the regular season... see you in the playoff when start shooting bricks as always stephen

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

    GabrieldroidsterGabrieldroidsterPrije 16 dana
  • You guys are just racist towards Luka.

    RedmailnetRedmailnetPrije 16 dana
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    rod srod sPrije 16 dana
  • 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

    Kobe Bean The GOATKobe Bean The GOATPrije 16 dana
  • 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

    GoodPrinceGoodPrincePrije 16 dana
  • 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.

    Justin Albert GonzalesJustin Albert GonzalesPrije 16 dana
  • This fucking pandemic also makes athletes vulnerable to injuries 🙄

    This world is oursThis world is oursPrije 17 dana
  • Jokic, Giannis, and Dame are definitely the frontliners for MVP.

    House Grumpy Boys UniverseHouse Grumpy Boys UniversePrije 17 dana
  • Jokic MVP.

    ElenradElenradPrije 17 dana
  • you sounds like betosky..

    marko lokomarko lokoPrije 17 dana
  • 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.

    Thanasis PapaioanuThanasis PapaioanuPrije 17 dana
  • MVP: Jokic MIP: Jeremi Grant DPOY: Myles Turner 6MOY: Jordan Clarkson ROTY: either Lamelo, IQ, or Tyrese

    R41N_ L14RR41N_ L14RPrije 17 dana
  • They should start giving awards to players who can average 30+ mins a game and play a full season cuz itll never happen again

    Triggy McTriggerTriggy McTriggerPrije 17 dana
  • Bron gona come out wearing a cast with negative mri/xray again to show us his greatness

    jon doejon doePrije 17 dana
  • Lamelo is just for the hype. 🤣

    Cha PamCha PamPrije 17 dana
  • Jordan clarkson MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

    ernest ceballosernest ceballosPrije 17 dana
  • Julius Randle MIP no cap

    Joshua Ricofort CrudoJoshua Ricofort CrudoPrije 17 dana
  • Lillard is damn on fire 🔥..

    Philmar MolingPhilmar MolingPrije 17 dana
  • The fourth category is DPOY since Isaac is not playing

    Juan HerreraJuan HerreraPrije 17 dana
  • make more deadlifts for wrist strenght

    huoiopows awfrqwafhuoiopows awfrqwafPrije 17 dana
  • J Poole for MIP

    SCSCPrije 17 dana
  • LeBron's media mafia

    SCSCPrije 17 dana
  • LILLARD is the real MVP

    Hardest EvaHardest EvaPrije 17 dana
  • Bro you're comparing people who are 10 plus years younger than lebron that's why he's the mvp

    Vintage DrugrugVintage DrugrugPrije 17 dana
  • Embid posterized a man so hard he got injured

    VotedDoorVotedDoorPrije 17 dana
  • They are forcing them too much. They should’ve canceled the Allstar game and made the season shorter.

    ederson barrientosederson barrientosPrije 17 dana
  • Yeah

    Renjolo BagunuRenjolo BagunuPrije 17 dana
  • lillard for mvp

    Dutu27Dutu27Prije 17 dana
  • Any plans for the upcoming 500k subs White Kyrie? Always love your content man! Peace!

    Ralph Jeremiah ArambuloRalph Jeremiah ArambuloPrije 17 dana
  • this fucking suckss hornets were fun to watch :/

    Nickolai UyNickolai UyPrije 17 dana
  • i like that you didn't missed wood

    Laurence AlagoLaurence AlagoPrije 17 dana
  • Jazz and Nuggets conference finals, better be Adam Silver resign to the nba as it will be suicidal for the viewership. 😂

    NearphNearphPrije 17 dana
  • 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.

    Ceej CaballeroCeej CaballeroPrije 17 dana
  • Your teamate Harden is a mvp candidate too White Kyrie

    Wolf-team03Wolf-team03Prije 17 dana
  • You missed on Jordan Clarkson as a sixth man candidate.

    Jean LacabaJean LacabaPrije 18 dana
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    Gabriel LimGabriel LimPrije 18 dana
  • james harden's to lose

    Brian ErwinBrian ErwinPrije 18 dana
  • So Ben Simmons will win another rookie of the year🤔

    Rholan AlforqueRholan AlforquePrije 18 dana
  • if bron missed 3 games maybe those are not so injuries?

    william blakewilliam blakePrije 18 dana
  • el facu for rookie of the year :)

    Giovanni BissoloGiovanni BissoloPrije 18 dana
  • Jordan Clarkson for Most Improved

    J G CJ G CPrije 18 dana
  • The NBA: Where we don't want teams to win on merit because of the ratings

    david velkovskidavid velkovskiPrije 18 dana
  • You missed Embid and Davis as Defensive Player of the year candidates

    Liam WelkeLiam WelkePrije 18 dana
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    Hae ZhaoHae ZhaoPrije 18 dana
  • 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

    Papi Totoy TvPapi Totoy TvPrije 18 dana
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    John D JohnsonJohn D JohnsonPrije 18 dana
  • What's happening in the Nba with all these injuries?... No... Really... What's going on?!!!

    Kamichi KoraKamichi KoraPrije 18 dana
  • 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.

    Rome MadaliRome MadaliPrije 18 dana
  • so agreeable

    Henry Ezekhiel GoHenry Ezekhiel GoPrije 18 dana
  • Heat Check next 5939298492929392 videos in TURTLENECK because of one shot 😂😂😂

    EagleofHeavyMetalEagleofHeavyMetalPrije 18 dana
  • 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.

    EagleofHeavyMetalEagleofHeavyMetalPrije 18 dana
  • people if you get injured stop don't keep playing on it

    N MarbletoeN MarbletoePrije 18 dana
  • This is crazy. He shouldn't have played on. Where are the medical team

    O KO KPrije 18 dana
  • If the knicks make the playoffs this year, i'll go for Julius Randle as the Most Improved Player of the Year

    Ford CliffordFord CliffordPrije 18 dana
  • na lebron is getting it not even a close contest because of hype

    Jonathan ChanJonathan ChanPrije 18 dana
  • Where is the "Ben Simmons coming for ROTY award" jokes?

    Niopmahcheep 2413Niopmahcheep 2413Prije 18 dana
  • bron better not come back in 3 games. my mans NEEDS a rest, his all happened cause hes trying to do too much

    Kubae420Kubae420Prije 18 dana
  • Even Steph curry is injured man!!!

    Dhanush KondaparthiDhanush KondaparthiPrije 18 dana
  • Sixers vs Jazz finals!!!

    emofoundemofoundPrije 18 dana
  • Gotta get back to the Zion train 😆

    Dibya PradiptaDibya PradiptaPrije 18 dana
  • I did the exact same thing lamelo did on my left leg but it was only sprained I hope he gets better faster

    Calisay Hard2kill 2.0Calisay Hard2kill 2.0Prije 18 dana
    • FC

      Aman SaxenaAman SaxenaPrije 16 dana
  • looks like lamelo durabilityness has expired

    Giannis willneverwinaringtekumpoGiannis willneverwinaringtekumpoPrije 18 dana
  • Lebron will be back by mid April. Lamelo is a huge loss for the nba

    OnDaNod88OnDaNod88Prije 18 dana
  • 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

    BoB-O Mr. MBoB-O Mr. MPrije 18 dana
    • 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

      Ron MRon MPrije 18 dana
  • Giannis for the triple MVP?!?!?!🤩🤩🤩

    JadonJadonPrije 18 dana
    • He'll no

      Mohammed HaiderMohammed HaiderPrije 14 dana
  • Only the 6MOY narrative is safe. For now.

    Hernan PantollaHernan PantollaPrije 18 dana
  • Can i sponsor one of your videos? 🥺

    Michael BickerstaffMichael BickerstaffPrije 18 dana
  • 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

    Say LessSay LessPrije 18 dana
  • They are sleeping on Harden =(

    go0dboy0922go0dboy0922Prije 18 dana
  • This video is incorrect. ROTY is either Zion or Ben Simmons

    Slavoj ŽižekSlavoj ŽižekPrije 18 dana
  • This year's mvp will be one of the weakest in a while. There's no one that really stands out above the rest

    Mr.EMr.EPrije 18 dana
    • @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

      Mr.EMr.EPrije 14 dana
    • You forgot about Joker

      MoLegend Bang BangMoLegend Bang BangPrije 14 dana
  • Do you think that something in particular is causing so many injuries? PS: looks like you need to shoot fouls from the chair! 😉

    ChuloDavidcitoChuloDavidcitoPrije 18 dana
  • Charlotte needs melo. the fact he's out means less interest in charlotte

    Kai RegeleanKai RegeleanPrije 18 dana
  • It's a damn shame Jokic has to win the award this way. He should win it when everyone is healthy. Also LeBron Media Mafia is correct. And the ratings point is also correct. Great job and great video.

    metspin1metspin1Prije 18 dana
  • With that shot, White Kyrie became STEFAN Curry for a moment. Baaaang!

    WJATWJATPrije 18 dana