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My first exec editor at Observer, Rich Oppel, had that Ben Bradlee gravitas. Tough, smart, no pretension. Great leaders.
Ben Bradlee was perhaps the most dynamic force in journalism. Inspired multiple generations in profession. I loved his memoir.
I bought a Powerball ticket early this morning passing through South Carolina. In the unlikely event it's a winner, thanks for the memories.
This is no big surprise, but Hornets intend to wear their alternative teal uniforms opening night.
Clifford was hospitalized early last season with chest pains. Blockage was cleared before a heart attack occurred.
Someone asked Steve Clifford about his health 1 year removed from heart scare. Cliff joked his goal is a "stent-free" season.
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.
great day thus far can't lie
At least two wing players will sit for the Hornets because, as Clifford put it, "intramural substitutions" don't work in the NBA.
Clifford on the injured Gerald Henderson: "I have a confidence level we do the right things" with Henderson on the floor.
Steve Clifford was candid and revealing today at his preseason media luncheon. Lots of news and observations to write.
Al Jefferson's night off Monday was in part about soreness in left ankle (the one he sprained a year ago).
Tentative plan for Gerald Henderson: Play Thursday vs. Pacers, scrimmage with team Saturday, assess how much hamstring set him back.
Clifford said Vonleh could catch up enough by mid-season to be in rotation because of need for more big bodies.
Clifford was referring to Vonleh missing September and most of October with a sports hernia.
Steve Clifford on rookie Noah Vonleh: "He's not even close to being ready to play" in a regular-season NBA game.
Gerald Henderson (hamstring) tells me he did some running and shooting today. He hopes to play in Hornets' final exhibition.
P.J. Hairston missed a 3 at the buzzer. Hornets lose 117-114 in OT.
The end of this game is like waiting for Christmas.
Hairston for MKG in must-have scoring situation.
Cody Zeller fouls out with 2:45 left in overtime.
DeMarre Carroll miss. Overtime in preseason. Curse you, DeMarre.
The dreaded tied NBA exhibition with 14.6 seconds left.
Hornets hit the shot-clock hat trick.
Gary Neal has obviously had the Hornets' best preseason. Second is MKG. Cody Zeller has been up-and-down but showing progress.
Pargo finds Zeller for a layup. Zeller is now 8-of-10 for 17 points.
As in more post-ups/more rebounding position/use jump shot as the changeup, not the first option.
Clifford said after summer league the key to Noah Vonleh reaching his potential is learning to be physical inside.
Replay confirms foul on Hairston.
P.J. Hairston called for a shooting foul as third quarter expires. Refs reviewing replay.
Pargo jumper ties the game at 77-77.
Hairston has nine points off six shots.
I'm guessing you won't see a lot of Maxiell-Vonleh front court in a regular-season six-point game.
P.J. Hairston upset he didn't get a call in the lane. I think he has a good point.
Hornets delay-of-game warning.
Cody Zeller with 15 points and six rebounds.
Hawks shot 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3 in first half.
Halftime: Hawks 58, Hornets 43
I once covered a Wake-Maryland game after a 3-day blizzard in D.C. The crowd at Philips Arena tonight probably has fewer fans.
Clifford's pet peeves will always be silly fouls, lack of transition D and not guarding the paint.
Flip side on Zeller. He sits with 3rd foul after 13 1/2 minutes. Remember Clifford's generic "needless fouls" comment pre-game?
Cody Zeller 6-of-7 from the field for 13 points so far.
Cody Zeller far more confident (and reliable) this season taking 18-footers.
Zeller jump shot avoids a shot-clock.
Starters MKG and Neal coming on for Hairston and Pargo.
Biz in for Maxiell to provide some sort of rim protection.
20-0 and counting in Hawks' run.
Hornets second unit right now can be described as the very young meets the very old.
Hawks alley-oop off a Vonleh midcourt turnover gives the Hawks a 10-point lead with 9 minutes left in the half.
Shot clock, No. 2.
From June: Noah Vonleh's gigantic hands. http://t.co/31N3on7wZO
You forget, when you haven't seen him play for a while, how ridiculously long Noah Vonleh's limbs are.
Clifford needs Pargo at 2-guard (alongside Walker) because P.J. Hairston is the defacto backup small forward right now.
Some early run for Jannero Pargo.
Vonleh sure looks like no residual effect from sports hernia surgery.
Hairston 3-pointer gives the Hornets a 19-17 lead with 3:28 left in first quarter.
With Jefferson and Williams out, Jason Maxiell also getting some early run.
Vonleh's first NBA basket. Nice move.
Steve Clifford didn't plan to use Vonleh in the preseason after he had surgery for a sports hernia pre-training camp.
Rookie Noah Vonleh makes first appearance of the preseason.
I asked Clifford why the Hawks are such a matchup nightmare for Hornets: He said transition and quick ball-movement.
MKG looks so much more assertive. Clifford said he's organizing the defense on the court (as McRoberts did last season.)
Shot clock right off the bat.
Glen Rice Hornets jersey in the stands at Philips Arena.
So starters are Walker, Neal, MKG, Zeller and Biz.
A late scratch for Hornets: Lance Stephenson out with more groin soreness.
It turned out Hairston's first agent, Juan Morrow, wasn't players union-certified.
P.J. Hairston said he's considering changing agents. He said among those he's considering: Former UNC-Greensboro player Rodney Blackstock.
Hornets have committed 140 fouls in first six exhibitions, compared to 129 by opponents.
Clifford noted that avoiding needless fouls and getting back on "D" doesn't require skill, just better judgment and effort.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford said defense would be fixed with fewer needless fouls and getting back in transition.
Teal shorts are pre-game gear. Not tonight's uniforms.
No Gerald Henderson (hamstring), Marvin Williams (elbow) or Al Jefferson (rest) tonight.
Based on the shorts, it appears Hornets are wearing teal tonight. And there is no TV to my knowledge.
Final: Bulls 101, Hornets 96. Hornets play the Hawks in Atlanta tomorrow night.
Preseason, both teams play tomorrow night. Nobody on that court wants to see overtime.
Nice finish at the rim for MKG.
MKG looked confident on that corner jump shot.
Guards love playing with Pau Gasol -- such a deft passer.
Clifford said his rotations would be more regular-season like in last couple of exhibitions.
Marvin Williams with 12 points and six rebounds. Best he's played this preseason.
Moving screens are a point of emphasis in the NBA this season.
Hornets giving up 75% shooting from the field, trail the Bulls by 16 early in second quarter.
Bulls shot 14-of-20 that first quarter. Lots of points in the paint.
I'm intrigued by what Thibs can do defensively with Noah and Gasol out there together.
This is the Bulls' home TV crew that NBA TV is picking up.
BTW, Hornets-Bulls is on NBA TV at 8.
I'm told Lance Stephenson (groin strain) plans to play tonight vs. Bulls. Gerald Henderson (hamstring strain) is still out.