LaMelo and Gelo Ball were born left-handed but their father made them change to right hand to avoid bumping elbows at the dinner table

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US basketball players LiAngelo Ball (L) and Lamelo Ball takes part in their first training session in Prienai, Lithuania, where they will play for the Vytautas club on January 5, 2018. Basketball-crazed Lithuania welcomed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the two youngest sons of flamboyant Los Angeles entrepreneur LaVar Ball who recently made headlines due to a feud with US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / Petras Malukas (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball revealed an unexpected explanation for his and his brother’s right-hand dominance. He cited that the dinner table, of all things, was the culprit.

“Our pops changed us because when we eat at the table, Lonzo and my pops are right-handed so me and Gelo was hitting them. He changed all of us so we all right.”

LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball and LiAngelo Ball are two-thirds of one of the most notorious groups of sibling athletes in recent memory. Alongside oldest brother Lonzo Ball, they’ve been in the news long before their professional careers began. Among the reasons for this early fame is their polarizing father, LaVar Ball.

Whether he claims that he’d beat Michael Jordan one-on-one or that his son Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry, Ball’s antics have sparked plenty of uproar across the sports world over the last few years. Aside from his bold comments, he’s also well-known for his heavy involvement in his sons’ lives. This new incident revealed by LaMelo is no exception.

Paying off

As unorthodox as it seems, LaVar’s insistence on turning his sons into right-handers has paid off regarding their basketball careers. In just his second NBA season, LaMelo is already making a case for the all-star game. He’s averaging 19.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 8.0 assists on 54% true shooting (42.0/38.6/91.6 splits).

While not as accomplished as LaMelo, LiAngelo Ball has carved out a solid basketball career of his own. After stints in the Lithuanian Basketball League and the Junior Basketball Association, Ball has earned a spot on the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA G-League.

At age 23, a jump to the NBA isn’t entirely out of the window. And as he and his brothers have shown, LaVar Ball’s parenting wasn’t as bad as some previously thought.

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