Hornets Rumors & News

  • 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

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Hornets unveil fan favorite classic uniforms, and the popular teal is back

    CBS Sports "The Hornets have one of the better uniform sets in the NBA. The teal and purple are beloved, but don't quite capture the nationwide appeal as their teal set from the 90s. Those were among the most popular jerseys ever. Charlotte was well aware of this and when it was revealed that they would..." September 13

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Hornets coach thinks Dwight Howard is still elite defender

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Clifford does not believe that Dwight Howard is essentially a walking Lifetime Achievement Award on the defensive end at this stage of his career. Speaking with reporters this weekend, the Charlotte Hornets head coach said that Howard, the team’s newest center, can still pack a punch on..." September 11

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Steve Clifford reveals starting lineup ahead of training camp

    Clutch Points "With only a few weeks before the start of training camp, Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford revealed his starters going into the preseason. Cliff will run the following lineup, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. (PG) Kemba Walker (SG) Nicolas Batum (SF) Michael..." September 08

  • Hornets’ Michael Carter-Williams could miss start of season after knee surgery

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Hornets plugged their hole at backup point guard with Michael Carter-Williams, who’s just three years removed from winning Rookie of the Year but whose uneven play has him on his third team in three years. He isn’t the safest answer behind Kemba Walker, but Carter-Williams was a reasonable..." September 08

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • Who is the veteran coach the Charlotte Hornets are adding to their staff?

    Charlotte Observer "Eddie Jordan, formerly a head coach with three NBA franchises, is close to joining the Charlotte Hornets as an assistant to Steve Clifford, the Observer has learned. The Hornets are finalizing a contract for Jordan, an NBA source said. Jordan would fill the role formerly held by Bob Weiss, who..." September 02

  • Why Charlotte NBA player Anthony Morrow is upset with a police stop in Georgia

    Charlotte Observer "Charlottean Anthony Morrow, a veteran NBA guard, says he was racially profiled and mistreated in Commerce, Ga., during a police stop Thursday evening. Morrow told the Observer Sunday night he plans to file a complaint Monday against the two policemen who searched him and his car. He says there..." August 28

  • Steve Clifford and Hornets offer Dwight Howard a home and hope

    ESPN "For two hours, Dwight Howard had gone hard inside Georgia Tech's basketball facility, moving between the weight room and gymnasium, between conditioning and basketball. No tomfoolery, no high jinks. When Howard does the work, he's ferocious in his approach, meticulous in methodology. During..." August 18

  • Julyan Stone, Reyer Venezia will part company. The guard will sign with the Hornets

    Sportando "Julyan Stone and Reyer Venezia will part ways. Despite a two-year contract extension signed in July, without outs, Stone and the Italian reigning champions will part company." August 12

  • Malik Monk “Convinced” The Knicks Would Draft Him

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks were under Phil Jackson‘s reign during this summer’s draft and the team selected Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick. Jackson has since been ousted, though the current front office is confident in the team’s first round selection, as Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News..." August 12

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • The latest on hope-to-be Charlotte Hornet Julyan Stone

    Charlotte Observer "The agent for guard Julyan Stone still hopes to work out a compromise with an Italian pro team, allowing Stone to sign with the Charlotte Hornets. Stone would be the Hornets’ third point guard behind starter Kemba Walker and backup Michael Carter-Williams. The Hornets are reportedly prepared to..." August 08

  • Malik Monk thinks he can beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 right now

    Larry Brown Sports "Malik Monk is trying to channel his inner LaVar Ball. Speaking with David T. Foster III of The Charlotte Observer on Saturday, the Charlotte Hornets rookie guard said that he would be able to beat team owner Michael Jordan in a game of 1-on-1 right now. “He’s pretty old right now,” Monk said..." July 30

  • Hornets GM Rich Cho's Next Scouting Mission: Big Time Bites

    SI "Just after 9 a.m., Rich Cho has ordered the scallops. He’s not much of a breakfast proponent, anyway, and the seafood dish comes highly recommended by our server at Pearl’s Oyster Bar, which lines the 12th Street edge of Philadelphia’s vaunted Reading Terminal Market. Cho has as large an appetite..." July 30