Hornets Rumors & News

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Stephen Silas to meet with Steve Kerr about Warriors' top assistant job

    Yahoo! Sports "Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas is traveling to meet Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Monday in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical. Golden State received Charlotte’s permission to discuss the Warriors’ top assistant coaching job with Silas, and the Warriors..." May 22

  • New mini-doc details the birth of ‘Crying Jordan’ meme

    SI "Can’t get enough of the Crying Jordan meme? Never want to see it again? Wonder where it came from? Have no idea what we’re talking about? Then you may have come to the right place. The definitive story of Crying Michael Jordan has finally been told, with help from ESPN’s Jay Williams,..." May 20

  • Knicks hiring Jeff Hornacek could pave the way for Linsanity Part 2

    CBS Sports "The New York Knicks are on the verge of hiring Jeff Hornacek to be their new coach and ditching the triangle offense. They are also on the market for a new starting point guard, as the 34-year-old Jose Calderon is past his prime and rookie Jerian Grant isn't even approaching his. It just so..." May 19

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Are the Charlotte Hornets a good fit for Dwight Howard?

    iSportsweb "Dwight Howard, a 30-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year, may be on the market this off season following a disappointing stint with the Houston Rockets. The former All Star is expected to decline his player option and become a free agent, and many teams are putting their name in the pot in..." May 16

  • Grizzlies interviewed Patrick Ewing for head coaching job

    Yahoo! Sports "The Sacramento Kings will interview Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing for their head coaching vacancy this week, league sources told The Vertical. Ewing has progressed as a serious head coaching candidate in recent years, increasing in responsibilities and league-wide respect..." May 13

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Kemba Walker Undergoes Successful Surgery

    NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The procedure was completed by Hornets Team Physician Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. Walker is expected to resume basketball activities in early..." May 09

  • Jeff Hornacek, Hornets' Stephen Silas to interview with Rockets

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets have scheduled interviews with former Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek and Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The Rockets have already interviewed four candidates for their head-coaching vacancy this week: J.B..." May 06

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Hornets free agent Nic Batum has ‘unfinished business’ in Charlotte

    Charlotte Observer "Small forward Nic Batum, the Charlotte Hornets’ most attractive free-agent-to-be, said Monday he has "unfinished business" in the Queen City. Translation: He’s predisposed to re-signing with the Hornets if the salary numbers are competitive. "We should be playing tomorrow (in the Eastern..." May 03

  • Dragic stars as Heat pound Hornets to win series

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker has built a reputation as a big-game player, stretching back to his college days as a national champion and Final Four MVP at Connecticut. That continued in the first six games of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami..." May 01

  • Heat complained to league about calls going Hornets way

    The Score "The Miami Heat will seemingly stop at nothing to get a favorable call. The Heat complained to the "highest levels of the league office" regarding calls going Jeremy Lin's and Kemba Walker's way in Game 4, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. Miami's whining reportedly irritated the Hornets, creating an..." May 01

  • Kings will interview Patrick Ewing for coaching opening

    Sacramento Bee "he Kings will interview Charlotte assistant coach Patrick Ewing for their head coaching vacancy, according to sources. The Kings are looking for a replacement for George Karl, who was fired after the Kings finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. Ewing, 53, is..." May 01

  • NBA rules Walker was fouled on Wade's Game 6 block

    The Score "Dwyane Wade's Game 6 takeover did not come without controversy. The league ruled in their Last Two Minute Report that officials should've called a foul on Wade's block on Kemba Walker in the dying seconds. Had the referees made the correct call, Walker would've gone to the line with the..." April 30

  • Heat force Game 7 behind Wade

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When the Miami Heat needed someone to step up at crunch time Friday, Dwyane Wade delivered. As a result, the Heat have forced a deciding Game 7 in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Charlotte Hornets. Wade scored 23 points and hit two..." April 30

  • Spencer Hawes has sprained MCL, likely out for rest of first round

    Real GM Basketball "Spencer Hawes of the Charlotte Hornets had an MRI that revealed a sprained MCL in his right knee which will be re-evaluated in a week. " April 29

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    Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR

    INJURY UPDATE: MRI today revealed @hornets Spencer Hawes has an MCL sprain in his right knee. Will be out & re-evaluated in one week.

  • NBA rules officials made correct no-call on Wade's missed Game 5 layup

    The Score "Despite what Erik Spoelstra and Gabrielle Union may think, the NBA has ruled that officials made the correct no-call on Dwyane Wade's missed layup attempt during the dying seconds of Game 5. The league released its Last Two Minute Report on Thursday, claiming that Charlotte Hornets center Cody..." April 28

  • Late Lee 3-pointer lifts Hornets past Heat

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Courtney Lee did it again. From virtually the same spot on the floor and for the second game in a row, Lee grabbed a crucial long rebound off the offensive boards. This time, Lee went back up and drained a 3-pointer with 28.9 seconds left, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a..." April 27

  • Steve Clifford calls the Heat floppers

    The Score "Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford isn't having any talk of his team flopping. After hearing Hassan Whiteside's recent "flop-offs" accusation, Clifford turned the tables on the Miami Heat by calling them out for their history of embellishing contact. "If you want to get into career..." April 27

  • Hornets’ Nic Batum declares himself ready for Game 5

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets forward Nic Batum participated fully in shoot around this morning at American Airlines Arena and plans to play tonight against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of this first-round playoff series. Batum missed the previous two games after suffering left foot and ankle injuries in a..." April 27

  • Whiteside questions officiating: 'This is the flop-offs'

    The Score "Hassan Whiteside was prepared for some increased physicality during his first career playoff series, but after four games, he finds himself questioning postseason officiating. "I thought this was the playoffs, isn't this supposed to be physical basketball? I thought the playoffs were more..." April 26

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Hornets go inside, beat Heat to even series

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Miami Heat effectively shut down the Charlotte Hornets' vaunted 3-point shooting. However, the Hornets adjusted, and now they are making the Heat pay in other ways. The Hornets pulled out an 89-85 victory in Game 4 on Monday night to even the best-of-seven..." April 25

  • Nicolas Batum (foot) to miss Game 4 vs. Heat

    ESPN "Nicolas Batum of the Charlotte Hornets will miss a second straight game of the team's first-round series against the Miami Heat with a left foot strain. Batum was held out of the Hornets' regular-season finale with a left ankle sprain and reinjured his foot in the fourth quarter of Game 2 in..." April 25

  • Nicolas Batum says his sprained left ankle is 'surprisingly much better'

    Miami Herald "Hornets swing man Nicolas Batum missed the Hornets' Game 3 victory over the Heat Saturday night with a sprained left ankle. He's no lock to miss Game 4 on Monday. "Surprisingly much better than when it happened like three days ago," Batum said of his ankle. "I improved like a lot. The..." April 24

  • Hornets break through while cooling off Heat

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After dismal performances in two opening losses, the Charlotte Hornets knew they needed to regroup quickly in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Miami Heat. The Hornets did precisely that on Saturday evening, and the result was a 96-80 Game 3..." April 23

  • Adam Silver: If law doesn’t change in North Carolina, All-Star game will be moved

    Sportsnaut "The NBA has been pretty steadfast in its resolve against the anti-LGBT law that was passed in North Carolina last month. The law effectively blocks measures to protect the LGBT community from discrimination in the southern state and has drawn a widespread backlash from a loud American public..." April 22

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Nicolas Batum May Miss Remainder Of Series With Ankle Sprain

    Real GM Basketball "Nicolas Batum rolled his left ankle in the Charlotte Hornets' Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat. Batum stepped on the left foot of Justise Winslow while trying to post him up near the three-point line. Al Jefferson said that the injury looks bad enough that he doesn't expect him to return this..." April 21

  • Adidas Is Still Releasing Jeremy Lin Sneakers

    Sole Collector "The days of Linsanity are long gone, but adidas is still accommodating fans of the transcendent basketball star. Jeremy Lin's latest sneaker release is a personalized colorway of the Crazylight Boost 2.5, styled in black with contrasting silver accents. An argyle-like stitch also stands out..." April 21

  • Heat go up 2-0 with victory over Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The "White Hot" playoff theme for the Miami Heat used to describe the sea of white-clad fans the team enjoys when at home could just as well be used to describe its shooting in its first two postseason outings. If the first two games of the series with the Charlotte Hornets can be..." April 20

  • The NBA’s brand will be tarnished if the 2017 All-Star Game remains in Charlotte

    SB Nation "It was never a question of whether Adam Silver and the NBA were going to weigh in on the All-Star Game in Charlotte. As I've written elsewhere, the league has established itself as a progressive entity this season, an authority whose power stems in part from its benevolence. Whether this is a..." April 19

  • Deng, Heat overpower Hornets in opener

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Luol Deng will have pleasant memories of his first playoff game with the Miami Heat. Deng scored 31 points as the Heat routed the Charlotte Hornets 123-91 Sunday in Game 1 of the teams' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Deng shot 11-for-13 from the field and..." April 17

  • Wade: Hornets were 'Golden State of the East' in season's 2nd half

    The Score "The Miami Heat enter their first-round matchup against the Charlotte Hornets with a clear-cut advantage in experience, having failed to qualify for the postseason just twice in the past 13 years. While Charlotte may be viewed as the underdog on paper, Heat guard Dwyane Wade knows just how..." April 17

  • Hornets' Nicolas Batum (ankle) expects to play Game 1 vs. Heat

    ESPN "Nicolas Batum, who missed the regular-season finale with a sore left ankle, said he expects to play in Game 1 of the Charlotte Hornets' first-round matchup with the Miami Heat. "I'll be fine," said Batum, who also missed back-to-back games in early April with a left knee sprain. The..." April 15

  • Silver: No discussion about moving All-Star Game from Charlotte

    Raleigh News & Observer "The NBA said Friday that North Carolina’s controversial LGBT law, as it stands, is “problematic” for the league, but it hasn’t made any plans to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. Such a move would have threatened an event projected to pump $100 million into Charlotte’s economy and..." April 15

  • NBA officials find no evidence of Jeremy Lin being disadvantaged

    The Score "The NBA officials reviewed the tape, and have found no evidence of Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin being disadvantaged. In a press release, officials cited that Lin's case was not unique. Lin drove 1,537 times over the past three seasons and did not suffer a single flagrant foul, but that..." April 15

  • Kemba Walker's offensive evolution should earn him Most Improved Player

    The Score "Nobody ever seems to know quite what to do with Most Improved Player, an awkward award that can read as a backhanded compliment as much as a certified symbol of growth. For Kemba Walker, it's a bit of both. The Charlotte Hornets point guard flashed plenty of attractive skills in his first four..." April 15

  • Group of US Senators Asks NBA Commissioner to Move All Star Game Out of North Carolina

    The New Civil Rights Movement "Six U.S. Senators – five Democrats and one Republican – Tuesday afternoon signed a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver urging the 2017 All Star Game be moved out of North Carolina. "Discrimination has no place in modern America," the Senators say, calling actions of lawmakers who passed the..." April 14

  • Hornets' Batum to sit out regular-season finale with ankle sprain

    The Score "With playoff seeding still up for grabs, the Charlotte Hornets will be without swingman Nicolas Batum for their regular-season finale Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic. Batum sprained his left ankle during Monday's win over the Boston Celtics. The Hornets can finish no lower than sixth..." April 13

  • Girl accidentally gets Jeremy Lin tattoo, Jeremy Lin copies it

    SI "This is one of the weirder stories to come across the Extra Mustard news desk, see if you can follow along. Our story starts a couple months ago, when a woman who says she didn’t know who Jeremy Lin was accidentally got Lin’s name tattooed in Chinese characters on her ankle. The woman was..." April 13

  • Jeremy Lin Would Also Like To Know Why He Doesn’t Get More Flagrant Foul Calls

    Uproxx "The evidence — anecdotal as it is — seems rather conclusive: Jeremy Lin is not only the recipient of a disproportionate number of hard fouls, those fouls either result in highly-questionable common-foul calls, or worse, egregious no-calls. But because the internet exists and because there are..." April 12

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Lin leads Hornets past Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The Charlotte Hornets cannot gain homecourt advantage for the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They are destined to finish either fifth or sixth regardless of what happens over the next two nights. But Monday night, a Hornets team that has struggled on the road, put..." April 11