— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 23, 2018
Less than a year ago, I was cracking jokes about LaMelo Ball’s lack of hops. Since then, the 16-year-old star of his Dad’s JBA (Junior Basketball Association) has lost a few inches off his hair and apparently gained inches on his vert and possibly his height.
The JBA website has Melo’s height and weight left blank (why?), but on an amusing recent visit to “Big Boy In The Morning,” Melo said he’s 6-5, which is the same height as brother Gelo and an inch shorter than Lonzo. 6-5 is also the height of former NBA dunk champ JR Rider, who (once was arrested for possession of illegal cell phones and) won the 1994 dunk contest with a between the legs dunk; a dunk Melo looks pretty comfortable doing now.
Melo also looked pretty comfortable in his JBA debut, putting up an easy 40 points with 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and a couple of dunks in a win against a New York team made up of players that apparently didn’t have many family and friends who were interested in attending the game.