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Need a one-stop shop to catch up on the top sports stories big and small? Time Out For Sports airs Mondays on WFAE's "All Things Considered" and has what you need to know about everything from Charlotte-area high school football highlights to the latest updates on the Carolina Panthers.

Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball and Davidson alum Steph Curry excelled in the NBA All-Star Game

The Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball is seen during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
The Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball is seen during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

Basketball fans in Charlotte know how LaMelo Ball can play. But this weekend, the Hornet point guard got the chance to play for fans across the U.S. during the NBA All-Star Game. Ball got 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals for Team Durant in Cleveland.

“LaMelo looked like he belonged — that’s about the best thing you can say,” The Charlotte Observer’s Langston Wertz Jr. told WFAE’s Gwendolyn Glenn on this week’s Time Out for Sports. “He was out on the floor at winning time during the All-Star Game. Kenny Smith was calling him ‘a walking All-Star Game,’ which kind of sounds like a nickname… He just looked like he was an all-star, and I think this was the first of many, and I hope he re-signs with the Hornets and stays here a long time.”

Ultimately, Ball’s team lost, but another player with strong Charlotte ties was on the winning side. Golden State’s Steph Curry, who grew up here and used to play for Charlotte Christian and Davidson, broke the 3-point record and was named the game’s MVP.

“Stephen Curry is an alien,” Wertz said about the star’s out-of-this-world plays. “... The old record for 3s in the game was 10. He made 16 — that was just an amazing, amazing performance.”

You can listen to the full Time Out for Sports conversation above. Here’s a quick look at what else Glenn and Wertz covered this week.

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Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.