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Cody Zeller
Cody Zeller
Position: F-C
Born: 10/05/92
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $4,204,200
Cody Zeller: So I talked to Rod Higgins for about a minute. I don’t remember much, I just remember being a little short with him. I wasn’t being rude, but I was just trying to get to #23. “Thanks for the opportunity, I look forward to playing for such a great organization,” etc. Rod said, “Alright, I’m going to pass on the phone. Congrats and welcome to the team.” Next on the phone was Rich, the GM. Rich was the one that I had talked with the most in the organization up to that point, so I recognized his voice. But again, I just said some pleasantries and raced through it — because MJ was next. “Thank you for the opportunity. I look forward to playing for the Bobcats,” etc. Let’s get on with it. I was imagining what I’d say to Michael. I’d tell him he was the best ever. I’d tell him how I watched him my whole life. I’d tell him how I admired his business skills. For the 14-year-old Cody Zeller, it was all a dream. Then he said “Alright, I’m going to pass the phone on to Rich…” I froze. That meant it was Michael Jordan on the line. He had gone out of order. I scrambled to say, “Thank you Mr. Jordan” — or maybe I just said, “OK.” I have no idea. I had just rambled on for a minute to the best basketball player ever and I didn’t even know it was him.
Zeller’s appearance marks the second straight year that he will participate in the initiative. Last year, he participated in BWB Asia in Taipei, Taiwan. “It is an honor to have another opportunity to participate in Basketball Without Borders,” Zeller said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience traveling to Asia last year and I am looking forward to the chance to make lasting impressions on the campers, while also teaching the game that I love.”
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The NBA and FIBA announced today that Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson and forward Cody Zeller will participate in Basketball Without Borders Europe from June 2-5. Henderson and Zeller will lead 50 campers from more than 25 European countries in the first Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Europe camp in Gran Canaria, Spain. “I am excited to represent my team and help teach the game of basketball,” Henderson said. “I always enjoy educating others about the game of basketball and I am looking forward to helping the campers develop their basketball skills through this unique opportunity.”
Power forward Cody Zeller missed 19 of the Hornets’ last 20 games with a sore right shoulder. Zeller revealed Thursday he’s been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff and might need arthroscopic surgery. Zeller said the injury would be re-evaluated in about a week to determine whether a procedure is required. “It sounds like a very minor procedure,” Zeller said, adding he also has a bone spur and an inflamed bursa sac.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on forward Cody Zeller. “We are excited to keep both of these young talents as part of our core for another season,” Cho said. “We have been very pleased with their improvement and look forward to seeing them continue to grow alongside the great group of guys we have in our locker room.”
In a recent commercial to encourage Bobcats fans to donate packs of socks to needy families, Cody Zeller and Josh McRoberts put on a wonderful mini-skit using some sock puppets. The video, while pretty amusing, is definitely for a good cause and comes with an incentive: Fans who donate to the sock drive get a free ticket to the Bobcats game against the Raptors on January 20. “I feel fortunate for how I was brought up and people don’t realize socks are so important especially as the weather is getting colder here,” Zeller said in a video posted on the Bobcats’ website.
At times, McRoberts’ presence alone has served as the difference between Charlotte’s offense being merely and downright terrible. The primary reason? The bit of dynamism McRoberts provides relative to more limited bigs on the roster, whether through his bits of shooting, his work off the ball, or his committed passing on a team with few quality playmakers. For all his limitations, McRoberts ranks second on the team in three-point makes and first in assists per minute. Those rankings in themselves are indications that something is very wrong with the Bobcats’ construction, but also serve as worthwhile indicators of how useful McRoberts has been to this particular team.
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Cody Zeller: “I’ve probably seen Michael Jordan 3-4 times since being drafted. He was at our training camp all week before the season. It’s funny because when he’s around us he acts like one of the players. He’s talking about the game and whatever. It was fun at camp because he was staying in our hotel with us. It was crazy to watch all the stuff you have to do because you’re Michael Jordan. He can’t go to a restaurant and eat. He has to have someone go pick it up and bring it back to the hotel. He was locked in his room a lot of the time and couldn’t go to dinner with the rest of us.”
Yesterday, Jordan Brand made official their signings of Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr. and Cody Zeller – the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th picks of the 2013 NBA Draft, who were choosen by the Magic, Wizards and Bobcats. “We are excited to add Victor, Otto and Cody to the Jordan family,” said Michael Jordan. “As we continue to expand and improve our performance product, these young players will be a big part of our efforts around the game of basketball.”
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Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, dominated the rookie categories. 80% of GMs picked him to win Rookie of the Year, while 40% said he will be the best player of this draft class in five years. Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk also finished in the top five in the latter question.