Fred Whitfield Rumors

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Hornets Sports & Entertainment announced today that the organization intends to launch its own NBA D-League team with the hope of beginning play for the 2016-17 season. The franchise today is sending an RFP to seven cities throughout the Carolinas seeking the best home for the D-League club, which would be owned and operated by HSE. Cities receiving the RFP include Asheville, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina. “This is a very exciting time for us,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “The decision to take steps toward launching our own D-League club is yet another example of our owner’s long-term commitment to our franchise and continues to show his willingness to invest in the resources needed to improve our basketball team. A D-League team would also allow us to continue to expand the Hornets brand regionally by having a presence in an additional market.”
Silver said Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Game. The 2015 and 2016 events are in New York and Toronto, respectively, with 2017 and 2018 announcements to come. Silver said he met with Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan and Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield on Wednesday about a timeline in relation to $40 million of upcoming renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets unveiled a new basketball court design Thursday that features a fierce-looking hornet logo at center court. It’s the final step in the team’s brand identity transformation from the Bobcats to the Hornets. The hard maple court also includes a beehive cell pattern stained into the wood, a teal border and purple free throw lanes. The baselines have “Charlotte” and “Hornets” written in the team’s font. There’s a pair of Buzz City logos inside the 3-point line on both ends of the court. “When we look at our primary logo in the center, it depicts how we want to play as a team with the fierceness, the tenacity and a sense of protect this place,” Hornets president and CEO Fred Whitfield said.
Stackhouse said the timetable for the union to name an executive director is between Christmas and NBA All-Star Weekend. He said the union needed to first clean up its bylaws and structure. “Our long-term deadline is to have our guy in place around the same time as when Adam (Silver) replaces David Stern,” Stackhouse said. “We want our guy in place to begin the process of forging a relationship with Adam.”
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In an effort to lift itself from the dysfunction and ineffectiveness of the Billy Hunter-Derek Fisher regime, the NBA players association has spent the past month identifying four candidates to succeed Hunter as executive director. Led by 18-year veteran Jerry Stackhouse, the NBPA has narrowed its options to former NBA coach and league executive Stu Jackson, Pistons legend and former NBA coach Isiah Thomas, former Madison Square Garden executive Steve Mills and Charlotte Bobcats president Fred Whitfield, FOXSports.com has learned. Sports attorney David Cornwell is said to be a longshot candidate. “I’m totally denying we are down to those four prospects,” Stackhouse told me Sunday afternoon. “Those are just four well-known guys, guys who know our business, guys who have ideas we wanted to hear from. They are not the only guys we want the search firm to vet. I haven’t even had a chance to talk with Fred Whitfield yet. I was planning to do that on Monday.”