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November 13, 2014 Updates

"Do I ever have thoughts of wishing I could still play the game? Yeah," he responded. "That's human nature. But those are short thoughts until I pick up a ball or my knees start to hurt. I'm good. I'm right where I need to be." Bleacher Report

So did his interaction with the media on this day, which he usually limits to the preseason and postseason. He wants the focus on his team as he works behind the scenes, much like his friend and NHL legend Mario Lemieux does as a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jordan looks to reserve the bulk of his public appearances in support of the Hornets' community initiatives, as opposed to the spotlight he once dominated. "MJ rarely attends away games because he doesn't want to deal with all the rah rah," Hornets general manager Rich Cho said. Bleacher Report

A Hornets spokesperson didn't waste any time introducing the boss. "Michael's here, so we'll have him grab a seat and just open it up for questions and answers. Keep them Hornets-related as opposed to who's better: Kobe or LeBron?" That ignited Jordan's competitive juices, responding in a direct manner to make it seem like neither was on his level. "I don't know who's better," he said, as the whole room laughed. In that regard, Jordan hasn't changed. His business team explained that the boss displays a teasing and competitive sense of humor. Bleacher Report

According to Cho, in addition to being around for training camp, the trade deadline, the draft and free agency, Jordan attends about 25 home games a year. "Overall, he's very accessible," Cho said. "He even Skypes." Jordan swiveled his head to face each question. Once you had his attention, Jordan offered a distinctive, almost intimidating look when asked a question. As one started talking, his head was turned slightly away, but his eyes remained trained on the speaker, occasionally flashing just the hint of a raised eyebrow. It was a look of intrigue mixed with a sense of I've-probably-heard-this-one-before. When comfortable with the question, he gave his full attention. Jordan, ever on the alert, is well-prepared for these press gatherings. Bleacher Report

November 11, 2014 Updates
November 10, 2014 Updates

“MJ is as strong a competitor as we’ve ever seen but I think it took him some time to realize that he just couldn’t be MJ and will things to go his way as an owner,” said a rival GM who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He knows hoops, obviously, but with the scouting, the constant evaluation of talent, the movement towards statistical analysis — running a team is a full-time job and you can’t do that from the golf course. Hire good people and get out of their way. I think he’s learned that.” UTSanDiego

November 9, 2014 Updates

“I’m gonna play P.J,” Clifford said following the 122-119 double-overtime victory. Clifford spoke with Henderson before the game, preparing him for the possibility he might not play Friday. “Gerald was terrific – professional and team-first,” Clifford said. “It’s not forever. He missed all eight preseason games and he hasn’t gotten his rhythm.” Charlotte Observer

November 7, 2014 Updates

An anonymous NBA scout dishes his take on Lance Stephenson, who has struggled since arriving to the Hornets. “I think he is overcompensating. He is trying to make too many plays. He’s not shooting well. The rest of his offensive game isn’t bad. He is passing and rebounding. But his defense is terrible because he is out of shape. He looks like all he did was hang out this summer. I’m not seeing the same intensity. [Hornets coach] Steve Clifford wants him to defend, and he isn’t doing it. Sports Illustrated

"Offensively he is used to having the ball in his hands. In Indiana, he handled the ball a lot. In Charlotte, Kemba Walker likes to handle it. He has to get used to playing with a point guard like that. And he has to learn to play with a center like Al Jefferson that needs the ball. Indiana ran a nice motion offense that shared the ball. Charlotte runs a lot of pick-and-rolls and post ups. I don’t think he has adjusted to that. "I think what they are going to end up doing is subbing him out early and bringing him back with the second unit, where he can do more of the things he likes. Miami did that at times with Wade, putting him in when LeBron wasn’t out there. Then, in the fourth quarter, they will figure it out. Maybe Lance will get enough touches early that he will be more willing to move it later. It’s not a big issue yet. Clifford is going to do what is in the team’s best interest and that is finding ways to get the most out of Lance." Sports Illustrated

November 5, 2014 Updates

Joseph Goodman: Al Jefferson hobbling around with ice on his ankle. Looks done for tonight. Well, now I'm being told that Jefferson wears ice on his ankles and hobbles around every night. Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr

Obama was asked in a radio interview to respond to Jordan's recent criticism that the president was a "sh**ty golfer." "I've never played with Obama, but I would," Jordan told Ahmad Rashad during an appearance on Back9Network. "But, nah, that's OK. I'll take him out. He’s a hack. Man, I’d be all day playing with him." The president was not impressed, saying Jordan "wasn't very well informed about this." "There is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am," Obama told WJMR, a Wisconsin radio station. "Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case." And later ... "He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats — or maybe the Hornets," the president said. "But that's a whole other issue. Charlotte Observer

November 3, 2014 Updates

Steve Clifford benched Stephenson for the remainder of Saturday’s game against Memphis at the 4:13 mark in the third quarter. His 14 points Sunday night marked his first double-digit scoring game of the season. That’s not the start you want from your prized free agent coup. According to a source close to Stephenson, he wasn’t happy at all with the decision and felt he could have made a significant difference as the Hornets scored a woeful 69 points in a two-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. However, Stephenson took the benching in stride and put it in his rear view mirror when asked about his adjustment to Charlotte on Sunday. “It’s tough, but it’s part of being a pro,” Stephenson said. “Learning the system, learning new guys, not getting frustrated, keep playing through my mistakes and just trying to get other people involved. I play through instincts and when my players learn my instincts we’ll be a better team.” SheridanHoops

“Their starting lineup has no shooting,” one Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “Last year Josh McRoberts spaced the floor for them, but now you can really pack the paint against Charlotte. The Pacers last year had great spacing with Paul George and George Hill as strong 3-point shooters, and David West had good range. Lance just doesn’t have the same driving lanes in Charlotte.” Another scout believes Stephenson may wish he never left the Pacers by the end of the season. “When you’re the third option it’s easy to excel,” another Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “Coming to Charlotte, he’s more of a marked man. He probably thinks he’s better than he really is. When the tide rises, all boats rise. Indiana was winning and everyone looked good.” SheridanHoops

Justin Cobbs signed with VEF Riga. The guard had the training camp in Europe with Laboral Kutxa and in the NBA with Charlotte Hornets. Sportando

November 2, 2014 Updates

Bobby Phills' retired No. 13 jersey has returned to Charlotte. The Hornets raised Phills' jersey to the rafters at their downtown arena during a ceremony at halftime of Saturday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. His widow, Kendall Phills, said: "I'm humbled and filled with unspeakable joy for all of you bringing Bobby's jersey back home." USA Today Sports

October 31, 2014 Updates

But, on this very special Halloween day, the Hornets looked back for a change, providing the Bobcats name with the proper burial it deserves. After one game under the Hornets name, the team saw it fit to put the Bobcats name to bed, via a custom casket cake. The cake featured an RIP cross and the words "Here Lies The Bobcats." Sporting News

October 30, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Kemba Walker to a multi-year extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Today is a great day for the Charlotte Hornets,” Cho said. “To be able to retain such an important piece of the core we are building here in Charlotte is exciting. Kemba is an integral part of the culture we’re trying to create within our organization and we are excited that he will continue to be a part of our team for years to come.” NBA.com



There's no sugarcoating it: It's a bad list where star power is pretty much non-existent. Gerald Wallace, the only All-Star in franchise history, goes to No. 1.


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