Hornets Rumors & News

  • However this season goes, Hornets coach Steve Clifford true to his convictions

    Charlotte Observer "Of course, Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford was upset Friday about losing a sixth consecutive game, particularly so early in the season. However, what really concerned him was not recognizing the group the Hornets assembled for this season. To use Clifford’s word, they lacked an..." November 19

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Nicolas Batum will start against Cavaliers

    247 Sports "The Charlotte Hornets are getting one of their starters back for their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Forward Nicolas Batum hasn't suited up yet this season. However, Batum will start against the Cavaliers when the two teams take the floor on Wednesday night. Batum suffered a torn..." November 15

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • How did Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum do in his 1st full scrimmage back?

    Charlotte Observer "Nic Batum has yet to play a regular-season game this season, but Sunday his Charlotte Hornets teammates got a long look at what they’ve missed. For the first time since tearing a ligament in his left elbow Oct. 4, Batum went full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage in practice. All went well, and if there..." November 13

  • Dwight Howard elicits ‘Howard sucks’ chant from Celtics fans

    The Sports Daily "Journeyman center Dwight Howard has played for five teams during the course of his career, and has been booed by opposing fan bases during the entire duration of that time, for the most part. Howard, now a member of the Hornets, can add the Celtics to the list, after what happened at TD Garden..." November 11

  • Exclusive on when Charlotte Hornet Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returns to team

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has rejoined the team in Boston, after missing the first three of a four-game road trip for personal reasons, the Observer has learned. Kidd-Gilchrist, whose grandmother passed away last month in New Jersey, flew into Boston’s Logan Airport..." November 08

  • Dwight Howard fined $25K for obscene gesture toward fan

    Bleacher Report "Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard received a $25,000 fine from the NBA for directing an obscene gesture toward a fan in Charlotte's 112-94 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, the NBA announced. In October, the league fined Phoenix Suns rookie Josh Jackson $35,000 for a similar..." November 07

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Hornets Exercise Option On Frank Kaminsky

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets have exercised the fourth-year option on Frank Kaminsky‘s rookie contract, the team announced in a press release. The 24-year-old big man will remain with the squad through the 2018/19 campaign. Over the course of his first two seasons with the franchise, Kaminsky has established..." October 30

  • Here’s the latest on Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller’s return from a knee bruise

    Charlotte Observer "For once this Charlotte Hornets season, the injury news out of practice Saturday was all positive. Backup center Cody Zeller, who has missed the last four games with a bruised right knee, plans to play Sunday at home against the Orlando Magic. The Hornets list Zeller as probable, after he fully..." October 29

  • Why Hornets rookie Malik Monk considers the NBA life to be 'boring'

    CBS Sports "The NBA is boring. Hey -- it's not me saying that. That's straight from the mouth of Charlotte Hornets rookie guard Malik Monk, who I spent some time chatting with this week after a morning shootaround. Listen for yourself right here, on the newest CBS Sports' Flagrant Two podcast: "It's..." October 26

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • Julyan Stone Expected To Miss 4 To 6 Weeks

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets will be without Julyan Stone for the next four to six weeks because of a hamstring injury, the team announced on its website. Stone has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, which occurred during Sunday’s practice. His injury is another blow to the backcourt..." October 23

  • Dwight Howard should revitalize his image this season

    Give Me Sport "Whatever your personal thoughts are about Dwight Howard, it’s hard to ignore the impact that he’s had on the NBA over the course of his career. Holding career averages of 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.0 points over 34.9 minutes per game, Howard has maintained his status as a dominant..." October 23

  • Hornets’ Michael Carter-Williams suffers a minor setback Monday

    Charlotte Observer "One day after his first full-court scrimmaging of the preseason, Charlotte Hornets point guard Michael Carter-Williams experienced knee pain Monday, and was held out of scrimmages. Carter-Williams was signed in July to a one-year, $2.7 million contract to back up starter Kemba Walker. He had..." October 20

  • Dwight Howard: It’s ‘stupid’ to believe I was negative influence on Hawks

    Yardbarker "Dwight Howard doesn’t think that he was all that bad of an influence on his former team, the Atlanta Hawks. Speaking with the media ahead of Friday’s game against the Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets center took time to respond to reports over the offseason that he was a negative locker room..." October 20

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Adam Silver ‘chuckled a little bit’ at Michael Jordan’s superteam comments

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver is taking some time to respond to Michael Jordan’s recent comments about competitive balance in the league. In an appearance Monday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” Silver was fairly dismissive of Jordan’s criticisms of the superteam era. “I chuckled a little bit because..." October 16

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Elbow surgery not required for Charlotte Hornets’ Nic Batum

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum got encouraging news from a Dallas specialist, indicating surgery isn’t necessary to heal from the torn ligament in his left elbow, a source said Tuesday morning. Batum suffered the injury in the first minute of a preseason exhibition Oct. 4 against the Detroit..." October 10

  • Michael Jordan gives $7M to open medical clinics in poor areas of Charlotte

    Charlotte Observer "Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to launch two medical clinics in troubled Charlotte communities, in one of the largest gifts ever from the basketball legend with deep ties to North Carolina. Novant Health is expected on Monday to announce Jordan’s personal gift, which will..." October 10

  • Hornets' Nic Batum undergoes MRI on sprained elbow; status for opener uncertain

    CBS Sports "Injuries are one of the biggest concerns among teams during preseason games. After all, teams are playing exhibition games and want to make sure that they're at full strength for the start of the regular season. Unfortunately for the Charlotte Hornets, that's exactly what happened to their..." October 05

  • Nicolas Batum Reportedly Out 8-12 Weeks with Elbow Injury

    Bleacher Report "Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Nicolas Batum suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow and will be out eight to 12 weeks, The Vertical's Shams Charania reported Thursday. Batum is a versatile across-the-board producer for the Hornets. He averaged 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists..." October 05

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • Dwight Howard’s Hawks Teammates Were ‘Screaming In Jubilation’ When He Got Traded

    Uproxx "The tragic irony of Dwight Howard‘s life is that he so desperately wants to be liked among his peers and among NBA fans that the stench of this desperation and the aura of trying too hard is precisely what turns so many people off. It’s an even greater tragedy that he still can’t seem to recognize..." September 27

  • Hawks Players Reportedly 'Screamed in Jubilation' After Dwight Howard Was Traded

    Bleacher Report "Many were surprised when the Atlanta Hawks dealt Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets in June, but the move may not have been a shock to those inside the Hawks locker room. Speaking on his podcast, ESPN.com's Zach Lowe (h/t Dime Magazine's Jamie Cooper) said he had been told stories of "Hawks..." September 26

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • How injuries have hampered Charlotte Hornets’ point guards entering training camp

    Charlotte Observer "If you are wondering about the Charlotte Hornets’ injury situation heading into training camp, it pretty much starts and ends at point guard. Starter Kemba Walker has been fully cleared, following off-season knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Third-stringer Julyan Stone has a nagging groin..." September 26

  • After Trump’s tweet, here’s what Hornets owner Michael Jordan says country needs

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan added his voice Sunday night to those supporting professional athletes expressing themselves on social issues. In response to an Observer question about President Donald Trump rescinding an invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors,..." September 25

  • Hornets promote Eddie Jordan

    Fanrag Sports "The Charlotte Hornets have promoted Eddie Jordan to the role of an assistant coach while also elevating Stephen Silas to the position of associate head coach, the franchise formally announced. Jordan first got a coaching job in the NBA during the 1993-94 campaign, when he was hired as an..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • What Happened to Superman? How Dwight Howard Lost His Way and Is Trying to Get It Back

    SI "Dwight Howard peers out the living-room window of his condominium on the 25th floor of an apartment building in uptown Atlanta and points south: beyond Buckhead, past the skyline, to a neighborhood by Hartsfield-Jackson airport’s westernmost runways that he can’t see. Every couple months he drives..." September 20

  • Why Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk is still a mystery as training camp nears

    Charlotte Observer "Since Malik Monk was drafted onto the Charlotte Hornets, you haven’t seen him take a shot or dribble through traffic or get into a defensive stance. The left ankle sprain Monk suffered while readying for pre-draft workouts cost him summer league in July and much of a rookie’s normal off-season..." September 20

  • Dwight Howard says he almost retired from the NBA after the 2014-15 season

    SI "Dwight Howard peers out the living-room window of his condominium on the 25th floor of an apartment building in uptown Atlanta and points south: beyond Buckhead, past the skyline, to a neighborhood by Hartsfield-Jackson airport’s westernmost runways that he can’t see. Every couple months he drives..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18