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December 14, 2014 Updates

Sources say that the Hornets are not in a move-him-at-all-costs mode with Stephenson but made it clear that Charlotte is ready now to abandon the experiment if a palatable deal presents itself. Stephenson has quickly proved to be a poor fit alongside the Hornets' established core twosome of Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker, shooting 38.9 percent from the floor overall and 8-for-48 percent on 3-pointers during Charlotte's 6-17 start. ESPN.com

On Dec. 1, Grantland's Zach Lowe reported that the Hornets "have been aggressive making trade calls" and "are willing to talk turkey on basically anyone other than" Jefferson and Walker. Clifford said recently that some of Stephenson's struggles to adjust to new surroundings in Charlotte stem from the fact that too much was expected after the 24-year-old spurned a five-year, $44 million from the Pacers to stay in Indiana to sign a shorter deal with the Hornets. ESPN.com

Monday is Dec. 15, the date teams that signed free agents during the offseason are allowed to deal those players. There has been speculation that Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson could be on the trade block just a few months after signing a three-year, $27 million deal. But the Hornets are expected to hold on to the mercurial guard, who has recently shown flashes of meshing with his new teammates, which has been an issue . Boston Globe

“This is my 11th year. You’ve got over 10 years in this thing, man, that’s a long time,” he said. “It’s a blessing. Your career don’t last that long. For me to be in my 11th year right now, man — when I get out of the bed every morning, it ain’t that same cat getting out of the bed when I was 19, 20. It takes me a couple of steps to get going and I ain’t been deep in the playoffs like [Kendrick] Perkins has. I can just imagine how those types of guys feel. “I got more years behind me than I do in front of me. I’ll put it that way.” Boston Globe

The Charlotte Hornets joined the “I Can’t Breathe” movement among professional athletes, focused on the choking death of a New York man last summer. All 13 Hornets on the active roster warmed up for Saturday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets wearing black T-shirts with white lettering reading, “I Can’t Breathe.” That sentence is related to the death of Staten Island’s Eric Garner, a black man who died as the result of a chokehold by a New York City police officer. Charlotte Observer

Mason Plumlee is a big man. A big, BIG man. Exactly how big? Six feet, 11 inches, and 235 pounds. On Saturday when Plumlee selflessly leaped out of bounds to save a play against the Charlotte Hornets, he nearly flattened a very, very small child. How small? Odds has it at under 95 pounds, soaking wet and holding a brick, and probably less than five feet tall. So the face the little kid made after the harrowing experience is totally understandable. For The Win

December 11, 2014 Updates

Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Charlotte Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Brooklyn Nets, but hopes to remain part of and succeed in his partnership with the Hornets, league sources told RealGM. RealGM

Four to five NBA teams have shown an interest to the Hornets on Stephenson, but no deal is imminent, Stephenson has made clear his desire to help propel a turnaround and both sides believe there’s still time to salvage a productive relationship and run with the franchise, sources told RealGM. RealGM

About five minutes into the third quarter of a 96-87 Boston Celtics loss, Rondo threw a high elbow that sent Stephenson tumbling to the court. The Charlette Hornets wing stood up and got in Rondo's face; later in the same possession, after what looked like some jawing, both players were hit with technical fouls. Asked about what happened, Rondo initially said, "Nothing at all. I said something to him and I didn't know what I said could get a tech." Booth Newspapers

December 10, 2014 Updates
December 8, 2014 Updates

Making the playoffs in his first year with the Charlotte Hornets automatically triggered a team option for the 2015-16 season in coach Steve Clifford's contract, ESPN.com has learned. League sources say Clifford's original three-year, $6 million deal to coach Michael Jordan's team now is a fully guaranteed three-year deal, thanks to the then-Bobcats' surprising 43-39 mark last season, which was good for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. ESPN.com

December 7, 2014 Updates

Clifford, the former Lakers assistant who led the Hornets to the playoffs in his first season, appears bewildered with the results. “I’d say disappointed,” Clifford said when asked his reaction to the poor start. “I thought at this point that we’d be in a much different place than we are. There’s a lot of things — we still haven’t gotten our playing groups down at the same time, we’ve certainly had stretches of games where we played well enough to win. “We have to sustain our play better. We have to keep our eye on getting better, which is what this league is all about.” Boston Globe

December 4, 2014 Updates

This time around he was spotted suiting up in that sneaker for the wedding of his brother-in-law Carlos Prieto, a man who runs Solefly in Miami while he's not running around with MJ (now you know how that shop gets their hands on so many Air Jordan exclusives). His pair is separated from the retail version with some special etching around the heel to coincide with the special occasion. Tell us in the comments what you think of Michael Jordan's wedding attire here and let us know if you've spotted the "Concord" 11 Low at any recent formal events. Sole Collector



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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