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Reading through old Hornets stories for @theobserver special section. That Tim Kempton once fit a Whopper in his mouth still makes me laugh.

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If you're a @SiriusXMNBA subscriber, Malik Rose and @Frank Isola taped a Hornets preview show that runs 7-10 a.m. tomorrow.

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Memphis Grizzlies cut Gastonia's Hassan Whiteside.

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Researching a story for special section on what made original Hornets charming. Been a while since I pulled this out. http://t.co/12OPaYWdv0

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Your PM Hornets report: Injuries still piling up a week out from regular-season opener. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/22/525…

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Light-rail construction on 5th and Caldwell streets is causing lots of congestion around TWC Arena. Plan accordingly.

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Hornets injury-ridden. Stephenson (groin) not at practice. Zeller (hand) and Vonleh (ankle) both sat out contact drills.

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Gerald Henderson says he will NOT play in Thursday's final exhibition. Practiced non-contact today.

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NBA GM survey picking winner of the Southeast Div: Wash 59%, Miami 30%, Atlanta 7%, Charlotte 4% nba.com/news/features/…

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Other teams found the 76ers' tanking unsavory, but the proposed fix might have added to big-market teams' ability to hoard talent.

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Per @Adrian Wojnarowski the Hornets voted against changing lottery system. Looks like mostly small-market teams nixed the idea.

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Steve Clifford on Zeller's fouls, wing rotation, whether Vonleh might benefit from a stint in the D-League and more: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/21/525…

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Clifford picked Heat to end up fourth or fifth in the East. That was not spin. He never spins.

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Um, yeah. Yet the single biggest push-back I heard about my pre-camp predictions was the Heat still finishing ahead of the Hornets.

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Chatting informally (but not off-the-record) with Clifford today. You know what he emphasized: How badly fans are underestimating the Heat.

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I know y'all watching baseball. But this might be best 30-for-30 ever.

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The 70s Knicks had this crazy idea: Move the ball until someone has a layup. Defend like crazy. Melo wouldn't relate.

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BTW: if you're not, turn to ESPN to watch the most unselfish, smartest team in NBA history. When they were the Knicks.

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Of course, if world was fair and there was something like a "Ring of Honor," Ed Tapscott deserves his due for managing Bob Johnson.

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Here's what I would do: 1. Raise Phills flag without a big deal. 2 Retire Crash. 3. Do a good night for Dell as the crossover presence.

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Frankly, first thing Hornets should do in that regard is put Bobby Phills' jersey in the rafters, simply as a nod to Pelicans' accommodation

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The problem is there's no "standard." The Blazers retired Dave Twardzik's jersey because he was great guy at right time.

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It's easy for me to say yes because he was dynamic and entertaining and lived through expansion. But is that enough?

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A reader posed an interesting question and I'm curious what y'all think: Should Gerald Wallace be 1st jersey franchise retires?

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I've been teasing @Michael Lee for a while but I'm rooting for Royals just to see the joy KC native Mike would get for decades of patience.

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When my tweets are translated into another language I wonder if they're advising Granny to wire money to a "Nigerian prince."

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If you want to chat Hornets, I'll be at the Observer booth at Buzzfest Friday at 7 p.m.. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Unless, you know, Powerball.

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My first exec editor at Observer, Rich Oppel, had that Ben Bradlee gravitas. Tough, smart, no pretension. Great leaders.

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Ben Bradlee was perhaps the most dynamic force in journalism. Inspired multiple generations in profession. I loved his memoir.

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I bought a Powerball ticket early this morning passing through South Carolina. In the unlikely event it's a winner, thanks for the memories.

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This is no big surprise, but Hornets intend to wear their alternative teal uniforms opening night.

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Per @Marc J. Spears Nik Vucevic gets 4-year, $53 million extension from Magic. I repeat: Sooner or later Kemba Walker is gonna get paid!

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Clifford was hospitalized early last season with chest pains. Blockage was cleared before a heart attack occurred.

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Someone asked Steve Clifford about his health 1 year removed from heart scare. Cliff joked his goal is a "stent-free" season.

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Hornets' Steve Clifford on Cody Zeller's fouls, wing rotation, if Noah Vonleh should play in D-League and much more: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/21/525…

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Optimum link to download @theobserver Hornets app (if you have trouble, I'm a techie klutz so I'd be of no help). charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/21/525…

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Clifford on the 5 days between Thursday's last exhibition and season-opener: "We need to have a great week" to be ready for regular season.

Gerald Henderson

great day thus far can't lie

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At least two wing players will sit for the Hornets because, as Clifford put it, "intramural substitutions" don't work in the NBA.

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Clifford on the injured Gerald Henderson: "I have a confidence level we do the right things" with Henderson on the floor.

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Steve Clifford was candid and revealing today at his preseason media luncheon. Lots of news and observations to write.

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Al Jefferson's night off Monday was in part about soreness in left ankle (the one he sprained a year ago).

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Tentative plan for Gerald Henderson: Play Thursday vs. Pacers, scrimmage with team Saturday, assess how much hamstring set him back.

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Clifford said Vonleh could catch up enough by mid-season to be in rotation because of need for more big bodies.

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Clifford was referring to Vonleh missing September and most of October with a sports hernia.

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Steve Clifford on rookie Noah Vonleh: "He's not even close to being ready to play" in a regular-season NBA game.

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Hornets injuries gave Cody Zeller and rookies P.J. Hairston and Noah Vonleh some extra run last night. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/20/525…

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Gary Neal has clearly been Hornets' best player this preseason. ICYMI, you could see the signs at training camp: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/02/521…

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Gerald Henderson (hamstring) tells me he did some running and shooting today. He hopes to play in Hornets' final exhibition.

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P.J. Hairston missed a 3 at the buzzer. Hornets lose 117-114 in OT.

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The end of this game is like waiting for Christmas.

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Hairston for MKG in must-have scoring situation.

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Cody Zeller fouls out with 2:45 left in overtime.

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DeMarre Carroll miss. Overtime in preseason. Curse you, DeMarre.

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The dreaded tied NBA exhibition with 14.6 seconds left.

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Hornets hit the shot-clock hat trick.

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Gary Neal has obviously had the Hornets' best preseason. Second is MKG. Cody Zeller has been up-and-down but showing progress.

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Pargo finds Zeller for a layup. Zeller is now 8-of-10 for 17 points.

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As in more post-ups/more rebounding position/use jump shot as the changeup, not the first option.

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Clifford said after summer league the key to Noah Vonleh reaching his potential is learning to be physical inside.

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Replay confirms foul on Hairston.

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P.J. Hairston called for a shooting foul as third quarter expires. Refs reviewing replay.

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Pargo jumper ties the game at 77-77.

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Hairston has nine points off six shots.

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I'm guessing you won't see a lot of Maxiell-Vonleh front court in a regular-season six-point game.

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P.J. Hairston upset he didn't get a call in the lane. I think he has a good point.

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Hornets delay-of-game warning.

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Cody Zeller with 15 points and six rebounds.

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Hawks shot 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3 in first half.

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Halftime: Hawks 58, Hornets 43

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I once covered a Wake-Maryland game after a 3-day blizzard in D.C. The crowd at Philips Arena tonight probably has fewer fans.

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Clifford's pet peeves will always be silly fouls, lack of transition D and not guarding the paint.

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Flip side on Zeller. He sits with 3rd foul after 13 1/2 minutes. Remember Clifford's generic "needless fouls" comment pre-game?

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Cody Zeller 6-of-7 from the field for 13 points so far.

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Cody Zeller far more confident (and reliable) this season taking 18-footers.

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Zeller jump shot avoids a shot-clock.

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Starters MKG and Neal coming on for Hairston and Pargo.

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Biz in for Maxiell to provide some sort of rim protection.

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20-0 and counting in Hawks' run.

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Hornets second unit right now can be described as the very young meets the very old.

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Hawks alley-oop off a Vonleh midcourt turnover gives the Hawks a 10-point lead with 9 minutes left in the half.

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From June: Noah Vonleh's gigantic hands. http://t.co/31N3on7wZO

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You forget, when you haven't seen him play for a while, how ridiculously long Noah Vonleh's limbs are.

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Clifford needs Pargo at 2-guard (alongside Walker) because P.J. Hairston is the defacto backup small forward right now.

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Some early run for Jannero Pargo.

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Vonleh sure looks like no residual effect from sports hernia surgery.

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Hairston 3-pointer gives the Hornets a 19-17 lead with 3:28 left in first quarter.

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Noah Vonleh put-back of P.J. Hairston's blocked layup attempt. #rooks

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With Jefferson and Williams out, Jason Maxiell also getting some early run.

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Vonleh's first NBA basket. Nice move.

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Steve Clifford didn't plan to use Vonleh in the preseason after he had surgery for a sports hernia pre-training camp.

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Rookie Noah Vonleh makes first appearance of the preseason.

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I asked Clifford why the Hawks are such a matchup nightmare for Hornets: He said transition and quick ball-movement.

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MKG looks so much more assertive. Clifford said he's organizing the defense on the court (as McRoberts did last season.)

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Shot clock right off the bat.