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November 27, 2014 Updates

After missing his first two shots of the second half Wednesday, Stephenson was replaced by Brian Roberts at the 8:04 mark of the third quarter and didn't return for the remainder of the game. Stephenson had eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 23 minutes. He was short on answers when asked afterward about his diminished role late in games. "It's Coach's decision," Stephenson said. Pressed further about his status, Stephenson said he's no longer dealing with some of the nagging injuries that slowed him in training camp and entering the season. "I'm not hurt. I'm healthy," said Stephenson, who has seen his playing time reduced over each of the past five games. "There are no more excuses. Hey, it's Coach's decision if he doesn't want to play me in the fourth [quarter]. I'm just going to continue to work hard and do what it takes to win games." ESPN.com

November 25, 2014 Updates

Hornets Forward Jeff Taylor wanted to make sure he let everyone know how he felt about what happened last September, so before anyone could ask a question Monday at his press conference, he apologized. "I'd just like to apologize to the young woman involved in the incident on September 25. She's a person that I genuinely care about a lot. I've known her for a long time, and I'm genuinely sorry for what happened," Taylor said. WCNC.com

Taylor chose not to appeal his 24 game suspension, which will cost him roughly $200,000. "My actions were wrong, and I don't care to appeal a decision that was based off my actions being wrong," Taylor said, "So, I respect the league's decision on the suspension, and I will take all of the necessary steps to make sure nothing like that ever happens again." WCNC.com

He went on to say there's not a day that goes by that he doesn't regret what happened and wishes he could go back and change everything and make one better decision. "I feel a lot of sorrow. I hurt somebody who I care about a lot. I hurt my family, I hurt people I've known in the past, anybody I had any kind of relationship with. I know I disappointed a whole lot of people." WCNC.com

November 24, 2014 Updates
November 23, 2014 Updates

Clifford recently called his team “tiny” in describing their tendency to give up offensive rebounds at the worst times. The McRoberts-to-Williams tradeoff did not help in that regard. That does not mean, however, that the coach is displeased with Williams’ performance. “This is a bigger adjustment for him” because of the position shift, Clifford said. “In his last stop he played the (power forward) spot, but that’s a different system. He’s been a (small forward) his whole career. “His basketball IQ is very good and he has a high skill level.” Charlotte Observer

November 21, 2014 Updates

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: Despite union’s willingness, Charlotte’s Jeff Taylor will not appeal 24 game suspension for domestic incident, league sources told Yahoo. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Roberts said the union is prepared to file an appeal on Taylor's behalf. The second-year player pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property stemming from an incident in East Lansing, Mich., in late September. "The CBA contemplates a minimum 10-game suspension in any case involving a conviction for a violent felony, including domestic violence," Roberts said in her statement. "In contrast, Jeff Taylor was charged with a misdemeanor that is likely to be dismissed at the end of a probationary period. The 24-game suspension is one of the longest in the history of the league. USA Today Sports

"We have a scheme of discipline that was the result of collective bargaining between the parties that has been applied consistently over the years. While we appreciate the sensitivity of this societal issue, the Commissioner is not entitled to rewrite the rules or otherwise ignore precedent in disciplinary matters. While ultimately this is Jeff's decision, we stand ready to file an immediate appeal on his behalf." Roberts' statement was in response to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's announcement of Taylor's suspension Wednesday, after Taylor's plea Oct. 30. USA Today Sports

November 20, 2014 Updates


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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