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April 17, 2015 Updates

Twenty-two years later, Charles Barkley would like to clear his name of an infraction that even some of his teammates have thought he committed for all these many years. No, he didn't hang out with Michael Jordan too much during the 1993 playoffs, when Barkley's Suns lost to the Bulls in the only NBA Finals appearance of his Hall of Fame career. Asked about it on Thursday, Barkley revealed that the perception of his chumminess with Jordan during that series has always been false, rooted in a case of mistaken identity. “Michael and I laughed about that 10 years, 20 years later,” said Barkley, whose final NBA game came 15 years ago Sunday. “They say we played golf together everyday, and we never played golf. They said we had dinner together every night, and we never had dinner. So we always found it funny that people said we spent every night together. We never saw each other during the Finals.” Sporting News

Barkley can remember distinctly, he said, where the rumors about his time spent with Jordan began. He was sitting at home, watching television, when a broadcast from a news helicopter shoed Michael Jordan at a Phoenix-area golf course, playing a round. With him, the broadcast reported, was Barkley. The fact that he was golfing with Jordan, Barkley said, came as a surprise to him as he sat in his living room. “I guess Michael was playing golf somewhere and was playing with somebody who looked similar to me,” Barkley said, “and a helicopter flew over and said … that’s Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley playing golf. And to this day, every time I think about it, I just die laughing. They couldn’t get too low, but they had Michael Jordan and they said we were playing golf.” Sporting News

Hornets general manager Rich Cho says the Lance Stephenson signing last summer "didn't work out as we expected it to." Cho, speaking at his end-of-season press conference Friday, says when Charlotte signed Stephenson to a three-year, $27 million contract last offseason, "We thought it would work out a lot better." USA Today Sports

Stephenson is under contract for next season and the Hornets have a team option for 2016-17. Cho expects "Lance to work hard this offseason and have a better year next year." USA Today Sports

Stephenson said he lost confidence in his jump shot early in the season and never regained it. "I just wanted to make the shot so bad and when it doesn't go in you just lose your confidence," said Stephenson, who went from starter to out of coach Steve Clifford's rotation. "That plays a major part when you don't have confidence in your shot. This summer I am going to find my confidence and come in a better player." ESPN.com

April 16, 2015 Updates

Power forward Cody Zeller missed 19 of the Hornets’ last 20 games with a sore right shoulder. Zeller revealed Thursday he’s been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff and might need arthroscopic surgery. Zeller said the injury would be re-evaluated in about a week to determine whether a procedure is required. "It sounds like a very minor procedure," Zeller said, adding he also has a bone spur and an inflamed bursa sac. Charlotte Observer

Stephenson shot 38 percent from the field and 17 percent from 3-point range. Stephenson brought it up Thursday that 17 percent was the worst season in NBA history for a player attempting at least 100 3-pointers. "My 3-point percentage was the lowest ever in history. That’s terrible," Stephenson said. "I have to come in and figure out how to be a better shooter. Being a good shooter will help my overall game. When people sag off of me (playing him to drive), it’s harder for me to be successful. It’s confidence – just wanting the shot to go in so bad and then you lose your confidence. That plays a major part when you don’t have confidence in your shot. This summer I’m going to find my confidence." Charlotte Observer

April 14, 2015 Updates
April 13, 2015 Updates

Rick Bonnell: NBA spokesman: League aware Hornets minority owner Nelly was arrested over the weekend. NBA monitoring the situation. Nelly's tour bus was pulled over by Tennessee state troopers who discovered drugs. Attorney representing Nelly told AP he'll be exonerated. Nelly has owned a small percentage of the Hornets for several years and occasionally attends games at Time Warner Cable Arena. Twitter @rick_bonnell

April 12, 2015 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN BOBCATS HISTORY

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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