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December 14, 2014 Updates

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

December 1, 2014 Updates

Sam Amick: Good stuff as always from @Zach Lowe on Hornets: as an addendum, been hearing from execs for few weeks Gerald Henderson very available Twitter @sam_amick

The Hornets have been aggressive making trade calls, according to sources across the league. The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward, per those sources, and they are willing to talk turkey on basically anyone other than Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. Free agents signed this past offseason can’t be traded until December 15, and few would be surprised if the Hornets make and take calls on Lance Stephenson ahead of that trigger date. Grantland

It hasn’t worked. Charlotte ranks 27th in points per 100 possessions, and Stephenson has been a train wreck. He’s shooting just 37 percent overall and a ghastly 7-of-38 from deep. He passes up open 3s, choosing instead to whip out an array of fancy crossovers and behind-the-back jobs that go nowhere. Stephenson’s drive-and-dish game has opened up good looks for teammates, but his shooting issues have outweighed his bursts of productive creativity. He’s clanking almost every pull-up jumper on the pick-and-roll, which means that when Stephenson can’t get all the way to the cup, he’s a borderline liability. Opposing defenses know that Stephenson won’t pull from deep, and they’ve taken an extra step or so away from him when he doesn’t have the ball. Grantland

The Hornets rank toward the bottom of the league in drives per game, and they are among the league’s worst catch-and-shoot teams, per SportVU data. Stephenson is an easy scapegoat, and that’s partly his own doing. His body language has been horrible, and that degrades morale. He pouts when he doesn’t get the ball on the weak side, flapping his wings and looking skyward as if his teammates have wronged him. He steals rebounds, and he hot dogs with the ball at times. Grantland

November 29, 2014 Updates
November 28, 2014 Updates

Rusty Simmons: Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said Marvin Williams (shoulder) is out tonight vs. the Warriors. Twitter @Rusty_SFChron



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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