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I'm at the Observer's booth at Buzzfest at the Convention Center. Stop by if you'd like to talk Hornets.
Coming in Sunday's Observer: What made the original Hornets cool and a whole lot more in our NBA special section.
Sounds like the earliest Lance Stephenson will practice is Monday.
Steve Clifford confirms that Jason Maxiell will make Hornets' opening-night roster.
Hornets' home game against Bulls Dec. 3 has been added to the NBA TV schedule.
Joe Maddon's exit from the Rays should make for lots of hot-stove chatter.
Hornets cut the 3 spares, keep Jason Maxiell (unguaranteed 15th contract).
Canada is having this great basketball era. Nash should be Canada's basketball czar, even if he wants to live in Malibu.
There was a Willie Mays-as-a-Met quality about Steve Nash's time with the Lakers. I'm sure he'll have some great second act.
Steve Nash should have retired a year ago. That isn't 20-20 hindsight. It's what most everyone in the NBA saw.
Tonight was the warning bell why Josh McRoberts was the Bobcats' security blanket a year ago.
I get why Cho spent the money on Stephenson/Williams/Roberts. I just don't know if Hornets are appreciably better in the East.
I've mentioned this for a while: The Hornets are more talented than the Bobcats a year ago. That doesn't necessarily translate to better.
"He's got to learn how to be a professional every day." -- Clifford on PJ Hairston.
"That's an unacceptable approach by most of the guys." --Steve Clifford, who sounds ticked off.
Final: Pacers 88, Hornets 79.
Last couple minutes are a reminder how Josh McRoberts bailed out this team in ball-movement last season.
Hornets threw about eight passes that possession, but ball never went anywhere good.
Shot clock 2 -- awful possession late-game.
Four of five starters in for Hornets. Exception is Gary Neal, who was ejected.
All 11 of Hairston's points have been scored in fourth quarter.
22-point deficit down to 2 on a pull-up 3 by P.J. Hairston.
I figured Big Al was done for the night but Clifford put him back in, down 9 with about 8 minutes left.
Two techs on Gary Neal, automatic ejection.
Steve Clifford has given every sign Jason Maxiell will make the opening-night roster. But he's also that unguaranteed 15th contract.
Hornets have trimmed the deficit to 13.
Jason Maxiell coming in. Surprised it took this long.
Steve Nash is reportedly out for the season with ongoing back issues. Sad. His body is just used up.
Kemba Walker is sitting out, but he can't be too hurt. He's dribbling around in second-half warmups.
Pacers lead now at 21. One bright spot for Hornets: MKG is 4-of-4 from the field.
NBA's emphasis on moving screens this season is evident. Players must adjust.
Pacers forward Samjan Rudez just threw a no-look pass to....well, I guess Steve Clifford.
Hornets giving up 58 percent shooting and have six turnovers to Pacers' two. Not Steve Clifford ball at all.
Pacers pull out to a 36-18 lead, shooting 56 percent. Hornets defense just not sharp this preseason.
How shorthanded are the Hornets? Justin Cobbs playing point 2nd quarter because Clifford needs Pargo at shooting guard.
CX: End of first: Pacers 28, Hornets 18
Luis Scola has 11 points in 10 minutes on 5-of-7 shooting for Pacers. Williams and Zeller have both struggled to guard him.
Luis Scola keeps driving on Cody Zeller. He's trying to guard without fouling.
Gary Neal draws two fouls in same possession from C.J. Miles.
MKG swishing that jump shot. All hail Mark Price.
"He's destined to be a great player as long as that evolution from a maturity standpoint continues." -- Greg Anthony on Lance Stephenson.
Kemba Walker, Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh are out tonight.
Tonight's Hornets starters: Brian Roberts, Gary Neal, MKG, Marvin Williams and Al Jefferson. Cody Zeller (bruised hand) intends to play.
Kemba Walker is out tonight with what Steve Clifford termed a "really sore" left foot.
I don't know whether Kemba Walker plays tonight, but it doesn't appear the foot soreness that took him out of shootaround is serious.
Hornets will rehang Bobby Phills' retired jersey at TWC Arena a week from Saturday at halftime of game vs. Grizzlies.
Pitchers and hitters should stop being so sensitive. When NBA players get dunked on, it's not cause for a brawl.
Memphis Grizzlies cut Gastonia's Hassan Whiteside.
Researching a story for special section on what made original Hornets charming. Been a while since I pulled this out. http://t.co/12OPaYWdv0
Light-rail construction on 5th and Caldwell streets is causing lots of congestion around TWC Arena. Plan accordingly.
Hornets injury-ridden. Stephenson (groin) not at practice. Zeller (hand) and Vonleh (ankle) both sat out contact drills.
Gerald Henderson says he will NOT play in Thursday's final exhibition. Practiced non-contact today.
Other teams found the 76ers' tanking unsavory, but the proposed fix might have added to big-market teams' ability to hoard talent.
Clifford picked Heat to end up fourth or fifth in the East. That was not spin. He never spins.
Um, yeah. Yet the single biggest push-back I heard about my pre-camp predictions was the Heat still finishing ahead of the Hornets.
Chatting informally (but not off-the-record) with Clifford today. You know what he emphasized: How badly fans are underestimating the Heat.
I know y'all watching baseball. But this might be best 30-for-30 ever.
The 70s Knicks had this crazy idea: Move the ball until someone has a layup. Defend like crazy. Melo wouldn't relate.
BTW: if you're not, turn to ESPN to watch the most unselfish, smartest team in NBA history. When they were the Knicks.
Of course, if world was fair and there was something like a "Ring of Honor," Ed Tapscott deserves his due for managing Bob Johnson.
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.
Frankly, first thing Hornets should do in that regard is put Bobby Phills' jersey in the rafters, simply as a nod to Pelicans' accommodation
The problem is there's no "standard." The Blazers retired Dave Twardzik's jersey because he was great guy at right time.
It's easy for me to say yes because he was dynamic and entertaining and lived through expansion. But is that enough?
A reader posed an interesting question and I'm curious what y'all think: Should Gerald Wallace be 1st jersey franchise retires?
When my tweets are translated into another language I wonder if they're advising Granny to wire money to a "Nigerian prince."
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.
My first exec editor at Observer, Rich Oppel, had that Ben Bradlee gravitas. Tough, smart, no pretension. Great leaders.
Ben Bradlee was perhaps the most dynamic force in journalism. Inspired multiple generations in profession. I loved his memoir.
I bought a Powerball ticket early this morning passing through South Carolina. In the unlikely event it's a winner, thanks for the memories.
This is no big surprise, but Hornets intend to wear their alternative teal uniforms opening night.
Clifford was hospitalized early last season with chest pains. Blockage was cleared before a heart attack occurred.
Someone asked Steve Clifford about his health 1 year removed from heart scare. Cliff joked his goal is a "stent-free" season.
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.
great day thus far can't lie
At least two wing players will sit for the Hornets because, as Clifford put it, "intramural substitutions" don't work in the NBA.
Clifford on the injured Gerald Henderson: "I have a confidence level we do the right things" with Henderson on the floor.
Steve Clifford was candid and revealing today at his preseason media luncheon. Lots of news and observations to write.