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The decision to shut down Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was essentially made at halftime of Monday’s overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. That according to Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who said he and head athletic trainer Steve Stricker agreed Jefferson’s groin injury was too debilitating to let him keep playing. “At halftime we spoke and agreed that we were going to sit Al down and say, ‘We appreciate you want to play, but…’ ” Clifford said pre-game Wednesday. “It’s great that he wants to be out there and is team-first and wants to play. But he just can’t move.” Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has recalled forward Noah Vonleh from its NBA D-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Vonleh will rejoin the team for tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets. Vonleh saw action in two games with the Mad Ants, averaging 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block in 13.0 minutes per game. He shot .353 from the field (6-17) and .667 from beyond the three-point line (2-3). NBA.com

December 30, 2014 Updates
December 29, 2014 Updates

I guess you are satisfied with the decision you made signing with the Hawks this summer. Kent Bazemore: Yeah. I had a lot teams that reached out - the Warriors, the Lakers, they all reached out. Boston was a team that was there, the Charlotte Hornets were there... My agent did a great job looking at all the options. I've got a lot of family in the East Coast. My mom has already been at a few games... It feels good being here. A perfect match. I want to make a name for myself in this league and the Hawks are trying to do the same. HoopsHype

The numbers make the point: Over the first 42 games of last season, Walker totaled 212 assists and 103 turnovers – a 2.06-to-1 ratio. Over his last 31 games last season, Walker totaled 235 assists and 66 turnovers – a 3.56-to-1 ratio. Minimizing turnovers is a huge priority to Clifford. Walker taking that to heart has been a significant change that Clifford values. “He spent a ton of time here over the summer working on everything, including his body. He’s so much stronger,” Clifford said. “He’s turning the ball over less, and that counts for a lot.” Charlotte Observer

December 28, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has assigned forward Jeffery Taylor to the Austin Spurs of the NBA D-League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule. The flexible assignment rule was used because the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Hornets’ D-League affiliate, had two NBA “wing” players on assignment at the time the Hornets initiated Taylor’s assignment to the D-League. “As with Noah’s situation, we think that Jeffery will benefit greatly by getting additional game action,” Cho said. “Our depth at the wing position has limited his minutes and this D-League assignment will allow him to get some valuable playing time.” Taylor, a 6-7 forward in his third season in Charlotte, has seen action in three games for the Hornets this season, averaging 1.0 point and 1.3 rebounds in 6.0 minutes. He missed the season’s first 24 contests due to an NBA suspension. NBA.com

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has assigned forward Noah Vonleh to its NBA D-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. "We believe Noah would benefit greatly from additional game experience," Cho said. "He will be able to get that playing time through this D-League assignment.” NBA.com

Approach is everything,” Clifford said after a 102-94 home loss to the Orlando Magic. “We didn’t show up with the attitude to beat anybody tonight.” Clifford said it’s not an excuse that the Hornets (10-21) got home at 3 a.m. from a road loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He said three or four of his players simply weren’t prepared to play, and that cost this team dearly. Charlotte Observer

“I don’t care how old you are or how young you are, you’ve got to be ready to play,” Clifford said. “Two or three guys had no intensity and that cost the whole team.” It was unclear specifically who Clifford meant, but obviously not point guard Kemba Walker. He scored a career-high 42 points to keep the Hornets in a game they might have lost by 20 or more to an Orlando team with a 12-21 record. Charlotte Observer



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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