Cody Zeller

Hey @JordanHulls1 @AEgentZer0 @JonnyMarlin remember that one time when a 7 footer beat you all in the Hoosier Hysteria 3 point contest?!

Cody Zeller

Send me pictures/videos and updates from Hoosier Hysteria! Nights like tonight make me miss Bloomington, Assembly Hall, and Hoosier Nation!

Rick Bonnell

I'm at the Observer's booth at Buzzfest at the Convention Center. Stop by if you'd like to talk Hornets.

Gerald Henderson

Lots of excitement over at #BuzzFest Hornets fans get over there if you can. Can only imagine what opening night will be like!

Rick Bonnell

Coming in Sunday's Observer: What made the original Hornets cool and a whole lot more in our NBA special section.

Rick Bonnell

Doing a panel discussion with @mikegminski and @JRReid7 at 6 at Buzzfest.

Rick Bonnell

I'll be at @theobserver booth at Buzzfest tonight from 7-8 and tomorrow 3-4 if you want to talk Hornets.

Rick Bonnell

Sounds like the earliest Lance Stephenson will practice is Monday.

Rick Bonnell

Steve Clifford confirms that Jason Maxiell will make Hornets' opening-night roster.

Rick Bonnell

Hornets' home game against Bulls Dec. 3 has been added to the NBA TV schedule.

Rick Bonnell

Joe Maddon's exit from the Rays should make for lots of hot-stove chatter.

Rick Bonnell

Hornets cut the 3 spares, keep Jason Maxiell (unguaranteed 15th contract).

Rick Bonnell

Canada is having this great basketball era. Nash should be Canada's basketball czar, even if he wants to live in Malibu.

Rick Bonnell

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.

Rick Bonnell

Steve Nash should have retired a year ago. That isn't 20-20 hindsight. It's what most everyone in the NBA saw.

Rick Bonnell

Tonight was the warning bell why Josh McRoberts was the Bobcats' security blanket a year ago.

Rick Bonnell

I get why Cho spent the money on Stephenson/Williams/Roberts. I just don't know if Hornets are appreciably better in the East.

Rick Bonnell

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.

Rick Bonnell

Steve Clifford used Thursday as a teaching moment. As in, "If you're on this team, you might wanna show up." charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/23/526…

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"He's got to learn how to be a professional every day." -- Clifford on PJ Hairston.

Rick Bonnell

"That's an unacceptable approach by most of the guys." --Steve Clifford, who sounds ticked off.

Rick Bonnell

Final: Pacers 88, Hornets 79.

Rick Bonnell

Last couple minutes are a reminder how Josh McRoberts bailed out this team in ball-movement last season.

Rick Bonnell

Hornets threw about eight passes that possession, but ball never went anywhere good.

Rick Bonnell

Shot clock 2 -- awful possession late-game.

Rick Bonnell

Four of five starters in for Hornets. Exception is Gary Neal, who was ejected.

Rick Bonnell

All 11 of Hairston's points have been scored in fourth quarter.

Rick Bonnell

22-point deficit down to 2 on a pull-up 3 by P.J. Hairston.

Rick Bonnell

I figured Big Al was done for the night but Clifford put him back in, down 9 with about 8 minutes left.

Rick Bonnell

Two techs on Gary Neal, automatic ejection.

Rick Bonnell

Steve Clifford has given every sign Jason Maxiell will make the opening-night roster. But he's also that unguaranteed 15th contract.

Rick Bonnell

Hornets have trimmed the deficit to 13.

Rick Bonnell

Jason Maxiell coming in. Surprised it took this long.

Rick Bonnell

Steve Nash is reportedly out for the season with ongoing back issues. Sad. His body is just used up.

Rick Bonnell

Kemba Walker is sitting out, but he can't be too hurt. He's dribbling around in second-half warmups.

Rick Bonnell

Pacers lead now at 21. One bright spot for Hornets: MKG is 4-of-4 from the field.

Rick Bonnell

NBA's emphasis on moving screens this season is evident. Players must adjust.

Rick Bonnell

Pacers forward Samjan Rudez just threw a no-look pass to....well, I guess Steve Clifford.

Rick Bonnell

Hornets giving up 58 percent shooting and have six turnovers to Pacers' two. Not Steve Clifford ball at all.

Rick Bonnell

Pacers pull out to a 36-18 lead, shooting 56 percent. Hornets defense just not sharp this preseason.

Rick Bonnell

How shorthanded are the Hornets? Justin Cobbs playing point 2nd quarter because Clifford needs Pargo at shooting guard.

Rick Bonnell

CX: End of first: Pacers 28, Hornets 18

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Luis Scola has 11 points in 10 minutes on 5-of-7 shooting for Pacers. Williams and Zeller have both struggled to guard him.

Rick Bonnell

Luis Scola keeps driving on Cody Zeller. He's trying to guard without fouling.

Rick Bonnell

Gary Neal draws two fouls in same possession from C.J. Miles.

Rick Bonnell

MKG swishing that jump shot. All hail Mark Price.

Rick Bonnell

"He's destined to be a great player as long as that evolution from a maturity standpoint continues." -- Greg Anthony on Lance Stephenson.

Rick Bonnell

Hornets made out well -- individually and collectively -- in two recent ESPN rankings: blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba…

Rick Bonnell

Kemba Walker, Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh are out tonight.

Rick Bonnell

Tonight's Hornets starters: Brian Roberts, Gary Neal, MKG, Marvin Williams and Al Jefferson. Cody Zeller (bruised hand) intends to play.

Rick Bonnell

Kemba Walker is out tonight with what Steve Clifford termed a "really sore" left foot.

Rick Bonnell

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.

Rick Bonnell

Hornets will rehang Bobby Phills' retired jersey at TWC Arena a week from Saturday at halftime of game vs. Grizzlies.

Rick Bonnell

Yet another Charlotte Hornets injury, and this one is a starter: blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba…

Rick Bonnell

Pitchers and hitters should stop being so sensitive. When NBA players get dunked on, it's not cause for a brawl.

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

Memphis Grizzlies cut Gastonia's Hassan Whiteside.

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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…

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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.

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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.

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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.

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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!

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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…

Rick Bonnell

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…

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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

Rick Bonnell

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