Rick Bonnell

To say baseball has created a stupid system at this point is a waste of time. #sad

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I know Twitter is over-reaction theater: But the idea I picked the Hornets to win 47 games, and people thinking I underestimated them...wow.

Rick Bonnell

Since you ask Cavs win 59, Bulls win 54, Wiz win 51, Raps win 50 and Heat win 48.

Rick Bonnell

47 should get them into the sixth spot in the East behind: Cavs, Bulls, Wizards. Raps, Heat.

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6FWIW, My over/under on the Hornets is 47 victories.

Rick Bonnell

The only solace for @Michael Lee is he might still be floating from last night, Hope so.

Rick Bonnell

I'm a long way from a baseball expert, but no rational person would suggest this is how a round of the playoffs should be decided.

Rick Bonnell

It's been a long time since "expectations" and " Charlotte NBA team" fit in same sentence. Hornets notes: charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/30/521…

Gerald Henderson

what channel is the baseball on?

Rick Bonnell

He never played another game for Bobcats. You know why Cavs love him? A peculiar unguaranteed salary of $10M-plus in 2015. Trade-bait.

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Roughly now a year ago Brendan Haywood had a stress fracture that was supposed to cost him 40 games (more).

Rick Bonnell

I honestly ask do any of these people get results?

Rick Bonnell

Here is a sample of press releases I got out of the blue: Mountain Folk Art, birth control for middle-schoolers, the best soccer video game.

Rick Bonnell

I understand emails are free to send, but it's remarkable how many random wide-cast emails I get from P.R. agencies.

Gerald Henderson

Day 1 in the books. Gna be a good year...

Rick Bonnell

Your Hornets camp report: Is MKG's shot fixed? "Well, it's going in a lot more." charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/30/521…

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Jefferson said he didn't fully anticipate Clifford's expectations on conditioning a year ago, that he's far better prepared for camp now.

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Clifford praised Al Jefferson's conditioning heading into camp. Jefferson joked, "Did I fool him that well?" (more)

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Al Jefferson said the new guys seem to be picking up the offensive sets very quickly.

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Long first practice for the Hornets today in Asheville. Coach Steve Clifford said there was lots of scrimmaging.

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ICYMI: Clifford pencils in Stephenson, Williams as Hornets starters. Henderson or MKG for the last starter spot: charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/29/520…

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In a tribute to the power of random selection, Brandon LaFell catches a touchdown pass.

Bismack Biyombo

Always try to make Progress not perfection! We live and we learn.. Thankful for an other season! #GodIsGood

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Observer photographer Jeff Siner's slide show from today's Hornets media day: charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/29/520…

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Steve Clifford names Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams starters. Last starting spot between Gerald Henderson and MKG: charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/29/520…

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Steve Clifford says Hornets have the wing players to cover Jeff Taylor's minutes: charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/29/520…

Rick Bonnell

Hello, Asheville...and let the NBA season commence. http://t.co/qU6wmD0am8

Gerald Henderson

Hung out with "Matty Ice", @Matt Carroll today at Hornets Media Day. Looking forward to the start of practice!!! http://t.co/nSyBtF65Vf

Rick Bonnell

MKG lost 8 pounds in off-season. He says he gave up meat in April. He still craves steak.

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"Al (Jefferson) has a hunger to prove" he's still that impact player who was All-NBA.

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"You got to coach the guys that are here.'' -- Clifford on not getting caught up in the Jeff Taylor situation.

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"He's an energy-effort guy. That's his exceptional trait." -- Clifford on MKG.

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"I've never seen a player's shooting mechanics change more in a year than his have." -- Clifford on MKG's jump shot.

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Clifford on Jannero Pargo: "He'll coach in this league. He loves the league."

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"I've always liked him. He's a hard-playing, professional guy." -- Clifford on Maxiell as potential fifth big man.

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"I've been around Kobe and McGrady. Lance isn't them yet." -- Steve Clifford.

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So four starters penciled in for Hornets. Fifth would be Henderson or MKG.

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"He knows how to play out on the floor. Our offense was different when he was on the floor." -- Clifford on Gary Neal.

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Clifford says Marvin Williams will start at power forward, backed up by Cody Zeller.

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"Jeff (Taylor) was competing just to be in the rotation" Clifford said, saying depth at wing spots much better than last season.

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"Lance is going to start." Clifford said, saying it might be at small forward or shooting guard.

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"Losing him was a hit. And yet we did a good job of bringing in guys who can more than make up what he did." - Clifford on McRoberts.

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"Success in this league is about winning in the playoffs. We shouldn't run from that." -- Steve Clifford.

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"We'll have a better starting lineup, more shooting and more depth." -- Steve Clifford.

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Quick story on Hornets GM Rich Cho's reaction to Jeff Taylor arrest: charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/29/520…

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Hairston was accused over the summer of twice punching a Durham teenager.

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Asked why Taylor is away from team but P.J. Hairston isn't, Cho said, "Every situation is a little different."

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Cho said Taylor will be paid while he is away from the team. He said he's spoken with Taylor, but didn't share details of that conversation.

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Cho: "We take domestic violence as a very serious matter."

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Cho: "We felt as an organization it was important to act decisively and quickly" regarding Jeff Taylor arrest.

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Hornets' Rich Cho will address the Jeff Taylor situation at 10 a.m. this morning. Check back for updates.

Rick Bonnell

Hornets radio returning to @wfnz this season.

Noah Vonleh

Shoutout to Derek Jeter one of the greatest to do it #Legend #RE2PECT @jumpman23 instagram.com/p/tglunBxBu0/

Gerald Henderson

Riley gotta catch that

Rick Bonnell

BREAKING: Jeff Gordon can drive a bit.

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I'm nothing like a NASCAR guy. But I covered 3 races in Dover. And with everything at stake, something crazy might happen these last 98 laps

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Team that slaughtered Panthers going to lose at home to Bucs.

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I wish the very best for @jim_utter rest of this race. Really! No more than 12 cautions and a black flag.

Rick Bonnell

Anyone else think it's time to get Newton out of there for his own protection?

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I mean it is a copy-cat league.

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All NFL receivers not named "Smith" will petition the court for name changes during Tuesday day off.

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I don't want to call the Raiders bad, but the 28-120 Bobcats send their sympathy.

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Sometimes Smith Happens

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Think I saw @CarrollRogers happily walking out of church this morning, rather than writing some Braves post-mortem. Welcome home.

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Williams limping. That could be a problem.

Cody Zeller

Derek Jeter deserves all the credit and recognition that he has received on his farewell tour! He's a true legend! #RE2PECT @Jordan

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Yikes. That one could leave a mark.

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Hornets make it official that they've signed Jason Maxiell. Cho said Thursday it's a non-guaranteed contract. Objective: Big-man depth

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I don't know if anything can or should change, but is a 3-hour, 45-minute college football game too long? Seems less than optimal.

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Quite a post-game cheer in Death Valley when South Carolina failed on 4th-and-10.

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Final: Clemson 50, North Carolina 35.

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Cole Stoudt in at QB for Clemson, so Deshaun Watson's night might be done. 27-of-36 for 435 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT

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Elijah Hood nine-yard touchdown run for UNC. Clemson 50, UNC 35

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Watson's sixth touchdown pass, which is a Clemson single-game record.

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Another pass INT on Tar Heels. 12th penalty to Clemson's two.

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Vic Beasley just overwhelmed blocker for that sack.

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End of third: Clemson 36, UNC 21.

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How much must Chad Morris love the possibilities Deshaun Watson's skill set represents?

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2-yd TD pass from Williams to Davis. 80-yard drive. Clemson 36, UNC 21.

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Nice play-action pass on 3rd-and-1 for the Heels. Completion to Eric Albright good for 67 yards.

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Watson-to-Williams WIDE open. 33-yard touchdown. Clemson 36, UNC 14

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Pass INT on Tar Heels. Ninth penalty for 83 yards.

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Deshaun Watson might make a nice living with that arm and those legs.

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Penalties a big factor in Tar Heels' struggles.

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Watson-to-Williams 24-yard TD pass. Clemson 29, UNC 14 with 9:30 left in third quarter.

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My colleague @jjones9 did a fine job on Lance Stephenson profile. Check it out: charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/27/520…

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Williams to Thorpe, 41-yard touchdown pass. Clemson 22, UNC 14 with 12:17 left in third quarter.

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Charlotte Catholic's Elijah Hood certainly being featured tonight.

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Not a real good choice by Watson on the INT.

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Halftime: Clemson 22, UNC 7.

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Tackle for loss by the Tar Heels...no, really.

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Safety on UNC, intentional grounding. Shaq Lawson credited with a sack for Clemson, which now leads 22-7,

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Heels touchdown, Williams-to-Hollins 17 yards. 10 plays, 75 yards. Clemson 20, UNC 7.

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Tar Heels in the red zone.

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Hood gains eight for UNC first down.