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January 15, 2015 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets have a strong interest in making a deal for Lopez, especially with center Al Jefferson sidelined with an injury, league sources told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

Brooklyn officials have been re-canvassing the league for intel on Hornets guard Lance Stephenson, trying to measure the risk-reward of bringing him back to his hometown, league sources said. Charlotte and Brooklyn talked several weeks ago, but discussions cooled when the Nets were reluctant to acquire Stephenson as part of a broader package, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

League sources have suggested that Lopez, who makes $15.7 million this year and has $16.7 player option in July could be sent to the Hornets for Stephenson, who makes $9 million, and another player. Among the names mentioned by league sources are Bismack Biyombo, Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh. A deal was reportedly close a month ago but Lopez began to play better and the deal went on the back burner. NetsDaily

P.J. Hairston scored 11 points in the Hornets’ loss to the visiting Spurs on Wednesday night. Hairston gave it everything he had in his 21 minutes of action, including this incredible flop where he drew slight contact from Tony Parker at the free throw line and threw his body backwards like he had been shot in the stomach with a cannonball. Hairston ended up sliding into the feet of Gregg Popovich while Danny Green hit a wide-open three-pointer. The Big Lead

January 14, 2015 Updates

But don’t expect Stephenson to play many minutes tonight. Coach Steve Clifford said Stephenson needs to regain game shape before that is viable. “He’s not going to play a ton of minutes these first few games,” Clifford said at shootaround. “He did a good job with his rehab, but by the nature of that injury he was limited in how much cardio he could do. “So just like Al last year, we’ll just play him as he can. He’s not ready for a lot of minutes.” Charlotte Observer

Rick Bonnell: Gary Neal (hamstring) is out tonight for Spurs game. Brian Roberts will play with a sore right elbow. Twitter @rick_bonnell

Nearly a month after suffering a pelvic sprain against the Phoenix Suns, shooting guard Lance Stephenson is ready to return to the Charlotte Hornets. Stephenson fully participated in practice Monday and Tuesday. Barring some setback Wednesday, he expects to be available when the Hornets play the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at Time Warner Cable Arena. "Right now it feels good. It’s a little sore, but I think I’ll be ready for the game tomorrow," Stephenson said after practice Tuesday. Charlotte Observer

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Yes, he would reference Tupac, but he also would quote Shakespeare: "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." And occasionally, he would bust out his own poetry, as he did for this jam on Michael Jordan's 50th birthday on Feb. 17, 2013: the best ever ... a CLEVER phrase we OVERuse ... when mere greatness becomes our MUSE ... or artistic inspiration ... but the real celebration of "best ever" is an ENDEAVOR into MORE than GREAT! WAIT ... didn't you see the tongue wagging ...shorts baggy ... practically DRAGGING teammates to 1-nc2a ... 2-gold ... brotha I was sold when he won 6-NBA rings ... but the THING that makes "best ever" SING ... not scoring titles and-MVPs, the double nickel that sliced the knicks at their knees ... the 63 he put on Bird ... Larry Legend sayin' PLEASE ... is that GOD? ESPN.com



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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