Hornets Rumors & News

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry lead NBA All-Star starters to New Orleans

    Pro Basketball Talk "The fans had their say — they wanted Stephen Curry as a starter in the All-Star Game and they got it. But that leaves Russell Westbrook on the outside looking in. The NBA All-Star Starters for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans were announced Thursday. Remember, the fan vote — which used to be the..." January 20

  • There Were Two Egregious Snubs On The NBA All-Star Starters Roster

    Uproxx "Normally, the conversation surrounding All-Star “snubs” takes place after full rosters are announced in any sport. On Thursday, the NBA announced only the 2017 starting lineups for both the East and West and, in something of a rare twist, the outrage machine got a very early start. This time,..." January 20

  • TNT planning "Players Only" broadcast night with analysts doing play-by-play

    Awful Announcing "Sports networks are experimenting all the time with new ways to deliver games to viewers. We’ve seen special camera angles, special megacasts, special things done with announcers, we’ve even seen First Take make an appearance during halftime of Monday Night Football. Ok, maybe that last one wasn’t..." January 19

  • Kemba Walker on if he should be an All-Star: ‘Not really, if you ask me’

    Larry Brown Sports "Add Kemba Walker’s name to the list of players downplaying the importance of the NBA All-Star Game. After his Charlotte Hornets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers by the final of 107-85 on Wednesday, Walker responded rather matter-of-factly to a question about if he thinks he should be an..." January 19

  • Hornets snap five-game skid with victory over Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets would have been happy with any kind of win Wednesday night, and they got it in the form of a 107-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Spectrum Center. But this wasn't just the end of a five-game losing streak. It marked a return to..." January 18

  • Adam Silver addresses George Karl's suggestion of PED use in the NBA

    USA Today "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that while he has no evidence that performance enhancing drugs are a problem in the league, any suggestion that it might be will be taken seriously. Silver was asked about a wide range of topics at his press conference in London Thursday, which came before the..." January 17

  • Thomas' late magic guides Celtics past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas hears the "MVP" chants ringing out from the TD Garden crowd on a nightly basis. They leave him somewhat stunned. "They're pretty cool. It just doesn't seem real for them to be chanting 'MVP' to me in the Boston Garden," Thomas said after working his latest..." January 16

  • Embiid powers 76ers to third consecutive win

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid mimicked the water-spitting routine of his favorite WWE performer, Triple H, when he was introduced before Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. Embiid and his teammates then body-slammed the Hornets, 102-93. Embiid..." January 13

  • Rockets ride Harden triple-double to victory

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Having clawed back from double-digit deficits in each of their previous five games, the Houston Rockets appeared set to cruise on Tuesday night before their penchant for performing in the clutch came in handy once again. Guard James Harden recorded his 11th triple-double on the..." January 10

  • That Time Charles Oakley Allegedly Slapped Charles Barkley

    Complex "Former NBA All-Stars Charles Barkley and Charles Oakley never liked one another. Never was that more evident than when they got into this fight during a preseason game in 1996 Oakley's dislike for Sir Charles surfaced again during the 2016 playoffs, after Oakley warned Barkley to "stop talking..." January 10

  • Bertans, Leonard propel Spurs past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- It's difficult enough for most NBA teams to deal with San Antonio's starting five, a group that features a pair of erstwhile all-stars in Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. But when the Spurs' bench gets rolling, too, there's no way to slow them down, a fact that the Charlotte..." January 08

  • Kenyon Martin And Tim Thomas Are Reportedly Finally Going To Fight Thanks To 50 Cent

    Uproxx "Kenyon Martin has been in the news recently, largely due to his fantastic response to George Karl’s new book. In that book, Karl alleges that Martin did not fully reach his ceiling because he didn’t have a father figure and, on cue, Martin blasted his former coach with an epic Twitter rant. On..." January 06

  • Jackson, Marjanovic help Pistons hold off Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- It's hard to miss Boban Marjanovic. The 7-foot-3 second-year center from Serbia stands out in any crowd and he has become a fan favorite with the Detroit Pistons. Somehow, coach Stan Van Gundy ignored Marjanovic in the closing minutes against the Charlotte Hornets, and..." January 05

  • Kiki Vandeweghe Confirms NBA Will Not Get Rid of Last-2-Minute Reports

    Bleacher Report "Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, confirmed the league will continue to produce the last-two-minute officiating reports despite recent criticism. Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Vandeweghe said there's been no discussion about removing..." January 05

  • Cavaliers' James and Irving lead in first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017

    NBA.com "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the top two vote-getters overall, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead all Western Conference players in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by..." January 05

  • Is the NBA's scoring explosion too hot or just right?

    ESPN "Joe Harris, fresh from the D-League, couldn't believe what Brooklyn's new coaching staff was telling him in training camp. "We pushed him to be our Kyle Korver," Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn's head coach, told ESPN.com. "And he was kinda like that battered little doe you find in the forest. He had..." January 05

  • NBA, Adidas unveil 2017 All-Star uniforms for next month's game at Smoothie King Center

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When the All-Stars take to the court for the Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center, the West players will be wearing charcoal-gray uniforms with red numbers trimmed in gold, while the East players will be wearing light gray jerseys with blue numbers trimmed in white. Both..." January 05

  • Hornets figure out how to defeat Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When a team shoots 49 free throws, it has a good chance of winning. That's precisely what the Charlotte Hornets did on Wednesday night, and the result was a 123-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Spectrum Center. The Hornets had five fewer field goals..." January 04

  • Hornets To Waive Aaron Harrison

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets are opening up on a spot on their roster, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who reports that Aaron Harrison will be waived today by the team. It’s not clear if Charlotte is eyeing a replacement or if the club will move forward with an opening on its 15-man squad for..." January 03

  • Butler busts out for 52 in Bulls' 118-111 win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Even playing without two of his fellow starters on Monday night, Jimmy Butler refused to change his mindset. Butler knew he might have to be a little more aggressive offensively than normal, but nothing else would change. Especially his mission of doing what he needs to in order..." January 02

  • McRae, James power Cavaliers past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jordan McRae learned Saturday morning he was going to be making his first start of the season and the second career, but he didn't want to add any pressure to himself so he never bothered calling to tell his parents. Instead, they found out when they turned on the..." December 31

  • Batum, Hornets handle Heat

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets know the numbers about their fourth-quarter defense and how they are a source of frustration. There were no complaints on Thursday night, though, as the Hornets were excellent defensively down the stretch in a 91-82 victory over the Miami Heat at the..." December 29

  • LeBron James on Michael Jordan: “Our games are completely different”

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James is compared to Michael Jordan not because they have similar styles, but because at a certain point the games great players can only be measured against one another — and Michael Jordan is the ultimate bar. He is the GOAT (at least for most people, you can argue it if you want). LeBron..." December 29

  • Some teams are reportedly pushing for 48-minute reports on NBA officiating

    CBS Sports "While players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James have spoken out against the NBA's Last Two Minute reports, some teams are pushing for a full 48-minute report on officiating every game, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In a video report, Wojnarowski described a "war in the NBA"..." December 29

  • Walker, Hornets overwhelm Magic

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Charlotte Hornets had won three of their past four games, yet still had an uneasy feeling about their play. The Hornets had a 14-point lead in their last outing against the Brooklyn Nets, only to lose it on a buzzer-beater. It was the kind of loss that left a bad taste..." December 28

  • Adam Silver says NBA players boycotting Trump White House would be 'lost opportunity'

    Sporting News "While there have been hints — and even overt statements — that players on NBA championship teams over the next four years will forgo the traditional visit to the White House because of President-elect Donald Trump, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is imploring players not to go through with any such..." December 28

  • Foye buzzer beater lifts Nets past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Randy Foye accepted the blame for not blocking out Cody Zeller with two seconds remaining. Moments later, he was accepting the hugs and congratulatory reactions from teammates. Foye touched off a wild celebration Monday night when he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Brooklyn..." December 26

  • Batum's triple-double propels Hornets past Bulls

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nicolas Batum is showing why the Charlotte Hornets gave him a five-year, $120 million contract during the offseason. The 6-foot-8 guard continued what has been a torrid December on Friday night with his first triple-double of the season as the Hornets beat the Chicago..." December 23

  • GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz. Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped..." December 22

  • Guards To Watch on Trade Market

    Basketball Insiders "Trade talk around the league has been relatively quiet compared to previous years as teams waited for updates on the new CBA. Teams are also trying to figure out if they’re contenders or pretenders due to league-wide parity. However, it won’t be long before trade winds begin to swirl. The No. 3..." December 22

  • Kemba Walker and his airtight case to finally be an NBA All-Star

    CBS Sports "Let's get something out of the way, right now. Kemba Walker is an All-Star. You can pick and choose who are the best point guards in the Eastern Conference, but Walker has the stats, efficiency and team success to validate the claim that he deserves to head to New Orleans for his first career..." December 21

  • Batum's banker pushes Hornets past Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was a tale of two halves, and in the end the Charlotte Hornets prevailed. The Hornets rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit for a wild 117-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, and they did it by turning up their defense in the second half --..." December 20

  • The NBA's New "Kevin Durant Rule" Will Incentivize Young Superstars To Stay Put

    Deadspin "We knew the new CBA made life a little sweeter for the NBA’s superstars, but it’s a dense thing to parse, and explanations have been dribbling out slowly. ESPN’s new Q&A with salary cap expert Larry Coon argues that the most noteworthy development is the owners’ new weapon to keep their superstar..." December 20

  • Report: NBA salary cap to rise to $120 million by 2020 season

    Fanrag Sports "Details of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBPA came out last week, but nothing was reported about the projected salary cap escalation. However, on Tuesday afternoon, he Vertical reported that the NBA’s salary cap will rise to $120 million by the 2020 season. That..." December 20

  • NBA maximum contracts could approach $250 million by 2020

    Fox Sports "The NBA is awash in cash these days, and that means future free agents are going to get paid. On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the NBA salary cap is expected to rise from approximately $94 million in 2016 to an astonishing $120 million in 2020: Of course, that salary cap is just a..." December 20

  • Craig Sager’s Memorial Service Was A Collection Of Painfully Beautiful Moments And Tributes

    Uproxx "Craig Sager’s memorial service was held in Atlanta on Monday. His family and friends from decades of covering sports came out to say goodbye, including his long-time co-worker and friend Ernie Johnson, who delivered a touching tribute to Sager in the form of a poem. NBA TV aired the service..." December 20

  • New CBA prohibits players from using hoverboards, guns

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith bummed around with a beer on hoverboard after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. Cleveland then banned hoverboards from its locker room and won the 2016 championship. Coincidence? If there’s good fortune in ridding hoverboards from the picture, the..." December 20

  • Hornets end skid with win over Hawks

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Charlotte Hornets only rank 15th in the NBA in 3-point shooting. But Saturday night, they used the weapon at the opportune moments and ended their four-game losing streak. Forward Marvin Williams matched his season high with 19 points, including the game-clinching 3-pointer..." December 17

  • Thomas returns, sparks Celtics past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics welcomed Isaiah Thomas back Friday night. "It helps tremendously. It helps all of us just because it opens the floor even more. Teams have to play us a little more honest," Al Horford said after Thomas made his return after missing four games with a groin strain..." December 16

  • 'Kevin Love Rule' in CBA allows teams to keep 2 designated first-time free agents

    ESPN "A rule that contributed to the Minnesota Timberwolves losing Kevin Love is being adjusted in the new collective bargaining agreement and could help the team keep both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins long term, sources told ESPN on Thursday. In the previous CBA, teams could only give one..." December 15

  • Longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager dies

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "TV reporter Craig Sager, who held a very public years long battle with leukemia, has died. He was 65. Sager got his first taste on the sidelines as a mascot at Northwestern. A walk-on on the football and basketball teams, injury turned him to cheerleading. He got his start in television as..." December 15

  • Union Sought 'Zero And Two' Rule For NBA Draft Eligibility

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to keep the current "one and done" rule in place without any alteration. Under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, the owners and players agreed to require players from the United States to be one year removed from high school before entering the draft. The..." December 15

  • From players' perspective, warm reaction to new work agreement

    ESPN "While Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have posted some dismissive tweets to Wednesday's news that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, reaction seemed to be generally positive from NBA..." December 15

  • NBA and players association have one month to ratify new collective bargaining agreement

    Sports Day "The NBA and its players have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, one that still needs to be ratified by players and owners in the coming weeks. The league announced the tentative agreement Wednesday night, one day before the sides faced a deadline for opting out of the..." December 15

  • NBA, players union reach tentative new labor agreement

    ESPN "The NBA and the NBA Players Association jointly announced Wednesday night that they have a reached tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement pending ratification by the league's players and team owners. The sides have agreed to extend its mutual deadline to opt out of the..." December 15

  • Wall, Beal carry Wizards past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards were sick and tired of allowing open shots, so they did something about it. Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford is beyond frustrated that his squad can't fix its lack of physicality, an issue that led to another loss. John Wall..." December 14

  • NBA, NBPA Remain Close On New CBA, Discussing Group Licensing

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA and NBPA continue to work towards completing a new collective bargaining agreement. The final sticking point of the talks has been their group licensing arrangement. The union would like to have control over the licensing of player likenesses." December 13

  • What's the holdup in new NBA deal?

    ESPN "The last several months, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have been quietly working hard on a new collective bargaining agreement to avoid a work stoppage, which took place before a deal was struck in 2011. The negotiations have been building toward this week, when a..." December 13

  • NBA to test bigger ref crews in D-League

    Toronto Star "The laboratory that is the NBA D-League is open for business again. The NBA will use its farm league to experiment for nine games with four- and five-person officiating crews starting later this month in an attempt to see if more eyes can create a better game. The expanded crews will be..." December 13

  • George, Turner power Pacers past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- While the storyline of the Indiana Pacers' Monday night victory against Charlotte may appear to be a season-best 17 made 3-pointers, the players were more impressed with the way they defended high-scoring guard Kemba Walker and his teammates. Paul George and Myles Turner..." December 12