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Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Last year was such a young draft. The top five picks were 19.9, 19.3, 19.3, 18.8 and 19.1 years old, respectively. That’s the first time in NBA history that the top five picks were teenagers. To put that in perspective, as recently as 2013 — the Anthony Bennett year — there were no teenagers in the top five; Bennett, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr., Cody Zeller and Alex Len were all in their 20s. “The average age of drafted players is the lowest of all time,” noted one assistant GM. “That probably increases variance.”
“I try to keep things pretty light, but in all reality it’s a pretty serious situation for all of us,” Zeller said. “I mean, our careers and a lot of the organization to be honest with you depends on what Kemba decides this summer, whether he stays or goes. I think it really depends on his choice. But our team and our future can go two very different ways depending on what he decides. So I was kind of trying to make light of a serious situation. But I think for Kemba, he’s been great. I’ve been fortunate to play with him for all six years of my career, and a lot of minutes on the court together, and he’s been great.”
“So I think he likes Charlotte. I think he’s a good fit here. But the reality of it is we haven’t been able to make deep runs in the playoffs. So hopefully that will still come in the future. But at the end of the day, Kemba has to do what’s best for him. And I’m going to support him, whatever decision he makes.”
Regardless of some impressive numbers and performances, the 2018-19 NBA campaign didn’t go entirely as planned for Hornets center Cody Zeller. Between a broken right hand and lingering left knee soreness that ultimately ended his season prematurely, the 26-year-old made just 49 appearances this year, a number that came in far short of his personal expectations. “It was really frustrating. Coming into the season, it was my goal to play 75 games and to be healthy,” said Zeller during his exit interview on April 11. “Even going into the offseason, it’s frustrating. I wish it was something that was skill-based like I have to get stronger, shoot better, be on the court. I have to stay healthy for next year. I’ll do whatever it takes and I’ll be back next year.”
Zeller said in mid-April that he’s been feeling better lately and doesn’t plan on having surgery at any point this offseason. The main plan of attack for he and the Hornets Medical Staff moving forward will be figuring out a path to staying healthy for a full season. “[My knee] is structurally fine,” he said. “There’s a little bit of wear and tear, but I’ve played basketball for 26 years. I think if you got a picture of every guy on our team and every guy in the NBA, there’d be wear and tear. The biggest issue is just the swelling, so hopefully we can address that. Hopefully, we’ll be past it and not have to worry about it again.”
Cody Zeller: Dirk Nowitzki was my favorite player growing up. I remember saying “I want to be like Dirk when I grow up!” For years I watched his patented fade away and I saw him lead the Mavericks to a championship. I never imagined that I would have the chance to meet him or guard him! Early in my rookie year, we played in Dallas and I was assigned the Dirk matchup. Part of me was nervous because I was finally going to meet my childhood hero and the other part of me was nervous because I had no chance of stopping him. I had seen so many guys before me unsuccessfully try to stop Dirk! One thing was for sure, I had the scouting report down! As the game started, I played him tough on every catch, didn’t let him have any easy buckets, and I tried to wear him out with my energy. At halftime he was 1-11 with 4 points! I came into the locker room thinking that I had this whole NBA thing mastered 15 games into my rookie year! I was the Dirk stopper! Then we went out for the second half….Dirk finished 10-21 with 25 points including 14 in a row down the stretch in the 4th quarter! Lesson learned! Thank you Dirk for being a great role model on and off the court for so many people including myself. It’s been a dream come true to share the court and a handful of personal interactions throughout my career. For me one thing hasn’t changed over the years, I still want to be like Dirk when I grow up!!!
Rod Boone: Cody Zeller putting up shots. He’s out for 11th straight game. He said Malik inspired him to go with the headband look. Asked James Borrego if they’re shutting Zeller down. “We’re not there yet,” he said. “… At some point we may have to make that call but we are not there yet.”
Rick Bonnell: Cody Zeller again listed as doubtful (left knee soreness) for Tuesday home game against the 76ers. If he misses this one, that would be four in a row. Might this end up like last season, when Zeller was shut down last several weeks?
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets list center Cody Zeller as doubtful to play Sunday in Miami against the Heat. He has missed the last 2 games with a sore knee. Getting back Zeller would be big in a game of such consequence to Hornets’ slim margin for error to reach playoffs.
Rod Boone: Cody Zeller is out tonight vs. Wizards, James Borrego said. MKG looked good in early pregame warmups and will play.
Rod Boone: James Borrego on Cody Zeller: “He’s day-to-day right now. He’s progressing the right way, just not enough to go tonight. So hopefully by Sunday (in Miami)., we’ll have him back. That’s not a guarantee, but I think he’s making progress over the last few days.”
Rod Boone: Tony Parker (rest) is also out for #Hornets tonight. So to recap: No Parker, MKG (left knee strain), Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) or Marvin Williams (illness) vs. Rockets.
Rod Boone: Source: #Hornets are definitely looking to shake things up and it appears something will go down. Package for Marc Gasol could include either Bismack Biyombo or Cody Zeller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. #Hornets apparently still working to hash it all out.
Rod Boone: James Borrego said Cody Zeller is “close.” Cody is still on the court post-practice doing drills. Reading the tea leaves, sounds like he’s going to be questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Clippers. The guess here is unless he has a setback with next 24 hours, he’ll play. pic.twitter.com/fNzv3knhke
Rod Boone: There’s a possibility Cody Zeller will be able to return before the All-Star break, James Borrego said. Cody was out a little while ago going through some drills. Definitely appears to be near to getting back into the lineup.
Rick Bonnell: @Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says center Cody Zeller is “close” to being cleared to play. So far this season, Borrego has been reluctant to speculate on injuries, so that sounds promising for Zeller, recovering from a broken hand.
Rod Boone: James Borrego said Cody Zeller is “about a week away” from returning. Said he’s close and when he comes back it will make #Hornets a deeper team.
Scott Agness: Cody Zeller remains out after right hand surgery. He last played on NYE. He’s “doing great,” according to coach James Borrego and is with the team for this three-game road trip. He’s likely two weeks away from returning.
Rick Bonnell: Looks like progress regarding @Cody Zeller (but still weeks away from playing following a broken hand). pic.twitter.com/e3w8wY2AJE
Rod Boone: Cody Zeller spoke today for the first time since fracturing his right hand and undergoing surgery earlier this month. Unclear how much longer he’ll be out. Just started oncourt activities yesterday. Asked him how injury happened and his thoughts on #Hornets struggles without him:
Rod Boone: James Borrego said Cody is going to be out for a while. Not quite sure how long Jeremy will be out due to tricky nature of hamstring injuries. FWIW, just saw Lamb leaving locker room and he wasn’t walking overly gingerly. But walking on a hammy and running are 2 different things.
Rod Boone: Final: #Hornets 125, Magic 100: Biggest thing now will be how long Jeremy Lamb and Cody Zeller are out. With a lengthy 6-game West Coast trip on tap after Wednesday’s home game vs. Mavs, it’s not exactly the most ideal time.
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller sustained a fracture in his right hand during Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic, the team announced. Zeller exited to the locker room in the 3rd quarter and had X-rays that showed the injury.
Rod Boone: So that’s a hamstring injury for Jeremy Lamb and a fractured right hand for Cody Zeller. #Hornets head into the new year banged up and down two starters. Not exactly a Happy New Year’s eve.
Rick Bonnell: Frank Kaminsky starts the second half for Hornets at center. Cody Zeller has a rib contusion, suffered in the first half.
Center Cody Zeller’s season is over, as the Charlotte Hornets scrambled for bodies Sunday in a home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Zeller had missed the previous 11 games with soreness and swelling in his left knee.
Sunday morning, Clifford said it seems pointless to try to have Zeller play with five games left and the team eliminated from playoff contention. “I would say we’re at the stage now where it almost becomes, ‘Why?’” ask him to play, Clifford said. “It’s so hard to not play for long stretches off the season. Why, with five games left, would we even play him? It makes more sense to me to let him get back to 100 percent and then just start again next (season).”
Rick Bonnell: And now @Charlotte Hornets say Cody Zeller is doubtful with more left knee soreness. Cody said recently he was told to expect this sort of post-surgery thing, maybe the rest of the season. So, Willy Hernangomez gets some minutes.
Rick Bonnell: Zeller said no reinjury of his left knee. It just swelled up on him. TBD if he plays versus Boston.
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Cody Zeller will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow to address a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Zeller sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Hornets game against Golden State on Dec. 6. Further updates on his status and a timetable for his return will be provided when available.
11 Dec 17
Rewind back to the 2013 NBA Draft, the top names at the time included Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, Georgetown’s Otto Porter, Jr., Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel and Kansas’ Ben McLemore. All were considered the top names regardless of whose mock draft, scouting guide or TV report you listened to. UNLV’s Anthony Bennett was mentioned in the top 10, but few thought that Bennett was the top pick, right up until then NBA commission David Stern announced him. It was an unexpected blessing, that in hindsight has become an unbelievable curse for a player that genuinely has NBA ability and just now shaking the emotional weight of failing at such a high level.
Aside from Cousins and DeAndre Jordan, two established All-Stars, Nurkić projected as one of 2018’s top free-agent centers. However, if his production or impact waned there were plenty of cheaper comparison points: Plumlee re-signed with Denver for $41 million over three years, Kelly Olynyk inked a four-year, $50 million deal with Miami, and Cody Zeller signed a 4-year, $56 million early extension in Charlotte. “I feel like the Blazers are very happy with Jusuf and Jusuf is very happy there,” Tesch, the agent, told The Crossover by telephone this week. “We had some [extension] talks but we decided to play it out this year and engage in talks again in July. He has already proven that he can help the team. There is a fit for Jusuf in Portland and he’s looking to stay there long-term.”
Backup center Cody Zeller, who has missed the last four games with a bruised right knee, plans to play Sunday at home against the Orlando Magic. The Hornets list Zeller as probable, after he fully participated in practice.
22 Sep 17
Dwight Howard dislikes playing against Cody Zeller. Zeller dislikes playing against Howard. So it might work out better that they’re teammates. Zeller’s first reaction, when he heard the Charlotte Hornets traded for Howard in June: “Now I don’t have to play him four times a season.”
Zeller missed 29 games over the past two seasons. The Hornets’ record in the 20 games he missed in 2016-17 was 3-17. “I got banged up so much, playing so many minutes,” said Zeller, who has gained about 10 pounds in the off-season to 250. “A lot of times, I’m outsized by 40 or 50 pounds. I’m used to it — I can do it for games – but over four games in five nights or back-to-backs, my body starts to wear down.”
Hornets coach Steve Clifford wanted to experiment some with Monk playing the point at Orlando Summer League. Monk’s ankle sprain delayed that experiment, but the Hornets figure to explore that option in the preseason. As to Monk’s playmaking ability, he’s already made an impression on a veteran teammate in a handful of pre-camp workouts. “I didn’t know (his game) a whole lot when we drafted him, just highlights,” said Hornets center Cody Zeller. “These past few weeks have been really good (in demonstrating) his knack for the game, particularly offensively.”
Bacon joins teammates Kemba Walker, Frank Kaminsky, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller on the Jordan Brand roster. Perhaps Monk could be pulled over, but he’s being presented as a Nike Basketball athlete at the moment.
That was the unusual path that the Charlotte Hornets’ Cody Zeller took to get his degree in business management, which he flew home to Indiana University to receive this past weekend. “I made progress, slowly but steadily,” Zeller said Monday in a phone interview. “I did a lot of work in hotel rooms on the road.”
Once, Zeller wrote a paper on an 18-hour flight to China with the Hornets before a preseason game in 2015. Once he had to turn in a video for a class while in Africa for a basketball camp. He couldn’t find a strong enough Wi-Fi signal to send the video in, so in that case he had to ask the professor for an extension. “All my professors were really cooperative the whole way,” Zeller said. “I think they knew I wasn’t trying to pull a fast one on them.”
While most players wait until their professional careers are over to head back to school, Zeller did the exact opposite and spent the past four years balancing basketball with online school assignments.
07 Jan 17
Cody Zeller: I have no illusions about the real impact that I — or any athlete — can have through making a few hospital visits or a donation … it’s truly the least any of us can do. The doctors and nurses and researchers are the ones who do the real work — and patients like Elizabeth and her family are the real fighters. What I saw in the hospital last week was a 13-year-old young woman who was standing tall in an adult world, a world that can be cruel. Elizabeth showed me that maturity and bravery aren’t exclusive to adults. Us grown ups — all of us — need to listen more. Kids may be smaller than us, but they’re stronger than we give them credit for. Take it from a Minion.
For the fourth consecutive season, Charlotte Hornets forward/center Cody Zeller is encouraging fans to help him and the team collect socks to help those in need within the Charlotte community. Presented by Hanes, Cody Zeller’s Sock Drive collects socks to be distributed to The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Women and Children’s Shelter, an emergency shelter in Charlotte. As part of Cody Zeller’s Sock Drive, fans are encouraged to bring a new package of socks to any Hornets home game at Spectrum Center from Nov. 29-Dec. 23.
Before the possession that ended with the hit on Zeller, Howard appeared to get frustrated with him at the other end of the court when he got boxed out on a free throw. “It wasn’t like I tried to hit him in the face,” Howard said after the game, “but my job is to protect my house at all costs. I am making no apologies for it. I can’t do nothing but live with it.”
Asked if he thought the foul was flagrant, Howard responded, “It’s basketball.” Zeller said after the game he didn’t think Howard’s elbow to the face was a dirty play. “I have taken a lot of hard hits with two older brothers,” Zeller said. “I knew it was going to be a physical game. But it was a huge play in the game because they couldn’t go to him late in the game and we went on a run.”
The 7-foot Zeller signed a four-year, $56 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The four-year deal was announced Tuesday and Zeller himself confirmed the overall value. “You know, $56 million is crazy — I would play this game for free,” Zeller said during a press conference. “… This is way more money than I would spend in three lifetimes.”
Zeller said he spent Monday stressing out about the contract negotiations simply because he wanted to know what his future held. The two sides ultimately reached a deal just before midnight. “More than anything I like the insurance of knowing that I will be here long term,” Zeller said.
General manager Rich Cho called Zeller a high character guy who plays both ends of the floor, and said he considers him a “big part” of the team’s core group moving forward. “We felt it was important to get him locked up to an extension rather than have him be a restricted free agent next summer,” Cho said. “With the cap next summer along with Cody’s value around the league as a young, versatile athletic big we felt he would have been a target for a number of teams.”
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed forward/center Cody Zeller to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Maintaining and building our young core of players has been a key goal for us the last few years,” Cho said. “We’re excited that Cody will be part of the Hornets organization for years to come. Cody is a hard worker, a team-first player and a versatile talent that was a large part of our success last year. He has improved in each of his three seasons in the NBA. We look forward to a bright future with Cody as a part of the roster that we are continuing to build.”
Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller has agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract extension, league sources told The Vertical. Zeller’s talks extended into Monday night and a deal was reached within two hours of the midnight ET deadline for extensions for the 2013 NBA draft class.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte’s Cody Zeller has agreed to a four-year, $56M extension, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Incidentally, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the notion of opposing centers trying to get under Whiteside’s skin is an “old scouting report,” but Whiteside strongly suspects teams are still trying to irritate him. “I feel [Charlotte’s] Cody Zeller did [Friday]; I think the head coach tells him to do that,” Whiteside said. “I don’t see what’s the reason for it.”