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October 30, 2014 Updates

The NBA player who admitted pushing his then-girlfriend into a wall at an East Lansing hotel last month was sentenced today to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $1,840 in fines and costs. Jeff Taylor, a forward for the Charlotte Hornets, pleaded guilty Wednesday in 54B District Court to domestic assault and destruction of property under $200. Each is a misdemeanor. Lansing State Journal

Larkin said alcohol was involved in the incident and ordered Taylor not to buy or possess any alcohol during his probation term. Larkin, referring to a presentence report, said an alcohol abuse assessment showed that Taylor was "in the beginning of possible stages." She said he'd rated a 9 on a scale from 0 to 21. One of his attorneys, Southfield-based Layne Sakwa, said in court that Taylor has already started a substance abuse program. Lansing State Journal

He will be monitored for 60 days by a smartphone-sized device that can detect alcohol use. After that, he will be subject to random testing for the remaining time he is on probation. Taylor, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., also must complete a Charlotte-based batterers intervention program as well as 80 hours of community service. Lansing State Journal

Michael Wallace: Kemba: "Everybody wants me to make that shot. My teammates, coaches, everyone is like, 'Here Kemba.Take the ball and win the game.'" Twitter

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a domestic violence charge and admitted he pushed his girlfriend at a hotel in Michigan. The news came just hours before the Hornets were set to open the regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks. Taylor pleaded guilty in East Lansing District Court to domestic abuse and malicious destruction of property charges. He faces up to 93 days in jail, but prosecutors say they won't oppose a diversion program that could clear Taylor's record if he complies with probation rules. Detroit News

October 29, 2014 Updates

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.” NBA.com

"If I feel like he's going the wrong way that is when I will step in, like most parents do, and say, 'Look you need to focus on this and think about that,'" Jordan said. The internal intensity and sometimes uncontrollable competitive drive undoubtedly cost Stephenson money during free agency, and he knows the Hornets can't afford the distractions on the floor. "I have to cut down on the antics," Stephenson said. "I have to do whatever it takes to stay on the floor. If I get too much into the antics and get teched out I can cost the team." USA Today Sports

October 28, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says it’s his desire and intent to sign point guard Kemba Walker to a contract extension by the NBA’s Friday deadline. "I’d much rather get Kemba done before the season starts," Jordan told the Observer Tuesday. "Ultimately that’s what I intend to accomplish. We’re in real conversations. I’m hopeful. Really hopeful." Under terms of the NBA’s rookie pay scale, the Hornets can sign Walker to an extension by Oct. 31, thus avoiding him becoming a restricted free agent in July. Walker has said his preference is to remain a Hornet under a long-term deal. Charlotte Observer

Al Jefferson, an All-NBA center, can opt out of the final season on his deal this summer and become an unrestricted free agent. "You are always concerned – more so with Al because he’s totally unrestricted," Jordan said. "They are core pieces of what we’re trying to do…I’d like to keep both of those guys. I say I’d like to and I’d spend the money that’s appropriate. I’ll make every attempt to keep them." Jefferson was a breakthrough free-agent signing for this franchise in the summer of 2012. "Al is a straight shooter. We love him," Jordan said. "He took a gamble on us. That obviously plays into our thinking." Charlotte Observer

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN BOBCATS HISTORY

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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