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March 1, 2015 Updates

The players mostly are forgotten now, but in the summer of 1991, the Knicks brought a group of hopefuls to the Catskills to play against an equally non-descript team of Philadelphia 76ers wannabes. One guy stood out: this hulking 6-foot-7 bruiser, Anthony Mason, who tossed the Sixers around like rag dolls. “Mase was tough. He didn’t give up anything. He wanted to play. Even then, players weren’t nearly as tough as he was,” said Paul Silas, a three-time champ as a player who was a Knicks assistant and later Mason’s head coach in Charlotte. New York Post

Mason did it his way. He frequently sent ballboys or locker-room attendants for a couple pregame hot dogs, a habit which didn’t endear him to Knicks nutritionists. One game, the ballboy was intercepted. The hot dogs were removed from the buns and replaced with bananas. Mason was not amused. But his anger would fade far quicker than the bruises he inflicted on opponents. And he wasn’t just a brute. Silas turned him into a point forward in Charlotte, a far more demanding role, and Mason handled it perfectly. New York Post

February 28, 2015 Updates
February 27, 2015 Updates

And now he’s getting ready to return after a 10-game absence. Biyombo participated in practice Thursday at TD Garden. There’s a small chance he’ll be cleared to play Friday against the Boston Celtics, but more likely his return will come Sunday night against the Magic in Orlando, Fla. Biyombo showed progress in the 13 games he started while Al Jefferson recovered from a groin strain. He had three points/rebounds double-doubles in that span, but Biyombo said those numbers weren’t the best measure of how he can impact a game. Charlotte Observer

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates

For Michael Jordan, his fix to the problem of slow play is to build his own golf course. According to a number of sources who are close to Jordan, the NBA Hall of Famer is looking into building his own private golf club in Florida. The club would be exclusive and only have a tiny number of members that His Airness would hand pick himself. US Golf TV

With Michael Jordan as owner, however, Cho doesn't get the last word on decisions. According to a source familiar with Charlotte's inner workings, the voice that MJ relies on most is that of Curtis Polk, an analytics agnostic who conducts Jordan's business affairs and serves as the Hornets' vice chairman. And with pressure from Jordan to accelerate the Hornets' efforts to contend, the team made the ill-fated decision to sign Lance Stephenson over the objections of the analytics staff. ESPN.com

February 23, 2015 Updates

Yes, that really was 34-year-old Richard Jefferson rising from the dotted line and throwing down a vicious tomahawk slam over 21-year old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The dunk was so stunning and so sweet that players on the Charlotte Hornets’ bench were falling over each other in shocked awe. “It was sick!” said Dirk Nowitzki, whose All-Star alley-oop is no longer the most surprising dunk of the Dallas Mavericks season, although players swear the 14-year veteran Jefferson has dunked like that in practice. ESPN.com

February 21, 2015 Updates
February 20, 2015 Updates

Rick Bonnell: Bismack Biyombo has another MRI Saturday. Best-case scenario, that would clear him to start practicing. again. Twitter @rick_bonnell

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February 16, 2015 Updates

Eric Pincus: FWIW - Mo Williams got a bump in pay from $3.7 mil to $3.97 mil with a trade bonus in deal to Hornets @BBallInsiders http://www.basketballinsiders.com/charlotte-hornets-team-salary/ … Twitter @EricPincus

Kobe Bryant craves any edge he can have against an opponent, let alone against his idol, Michael Jordan. So when a a teammate asked him if he would like any feedback on how to match up him shortly before they first squared off nearly 19 years ago, well Bryant was all ears. “Whatever you do,” the unnamed teammate advised, “don’t look him in the eye.” To which Bryant responded, “Why in the hell would I NOT look him in the eye?” Los Angeles Daily News

There are concerns that Stephenson — who is known as a volatile personality — wouldn’t be able to deal with the distractions of playing in his hometown. He shrugged at the idea Saturday. “Just play ball,” he said. “That’s all I have to do.” New York Daily News

 

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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