LaMelo Ball, the point guard for the Charlotte Hornets, will go from wearing the No. 2 to the No. 1 for the upcoming season 

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according to Shams Charania. Ball himself has not explained for the choice to change the numbers, and neither has Charania. 

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Throughout his career, Ball wore No. 1, including while attending Chino Hills and SPIRE Academy for high school and while playing for the Illawarra Hawks in other countries. 

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Notably, Lonzo Ball, LaMelo’s brother, has worn No. 2 with the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, UCLA, and various other teams.

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That could be the reason behind Ball’s choice to switch since it might help to draw some separation between the two. 

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When a player switches numbers, they typically do it for one of a few common motives.

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The ball is Charlotte’s franchise player, therefore it’s unlikely he would give up the number for a teammate even if their team has signed a higher profile star who wants to wear it. 

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They occasionally do it to represent a change in their internal circumstances following a career transitional period, although Ball has only played for two seasons. 

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Given that the league requires a certain length of notice before changing uniform numbers, this change may have been in the works for a year. 

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Ball participated in his first All-Star Game last year, but the Hornets were eliminated in the play-in round, preventing them from making the playoffs for the second straight year. 

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