Cody Zeller Rumors

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Cody Zeller
Cody Zeller
Position: C-F
Born: 10/05/92
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:230 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Salary: $14,471,910
Biyombo doesn’t want to squander the opportunity he’s earned. As an example, those who know him well speak to his diligence in the weight room and focus on nutrition. Adcock says the nine-year NBA veteran is always working on a diet of some kind. He often requests food substitutions or orders unlisted items at restaurants. “All he eats is plants. Plants and fruits,” his teammate Cody Zeller adds. “I’m like, How do you have enough energy to play in games. But he’s crazy strong.”
Charlotte drafted Cody fourth overall, and he has been there ever since. Zeller is in his seventh year playing for the Hornets and team owner Michael Jordan. “The first time I talked to him on the phone was right after I walked the stage after being drafted,” he said. “I’ve never gotten over the fact that he’s never just another guy. Everyone knows when he is in the building. Anytime you can get a few minutes with him is special.”
“What size are those?” Eyewitness News reporter Kevin Rader asked Zeller while looking at his shoes during an exclusive one-on-one interview after practice Tuesday morning at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “Sixteen,” he replied. “I told them there is a lot of real estate on these shoes,” Zeller laughed. “A lot of free room for drawing.” So he asked the kids at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health to use his shoes as a canvas – and they did.
Twelve-year-old Jack Moon, a Riley Hospital cancer survivor from Plainfield, is one of the honored artists. He drew the hoop. “I drew a picture of (the) Indiana outline, because Cody Zeller went to school in Indiana and that because he plays basketball,” he said pointing to the basketball hoop design he drew. Now Jack and all the other kids who helped design the shoe will have a meet and greet with Cody prior to Tuesday night’s game with the Pacers at the Fieldhouse.
Cody Zeller: Tomorrow I’ll be wearing these sweet Indiana themed #KicksForKids designed by kids at Riley Hospital for Children! With a $15,000 donation to @RileyKids I want to continue to encourage kids to make the most of their childhood and never grow up!

If anyone with the Hornets truly saw Walker blossom, it’s Zeller. “The first time we interacted, he is my brother’s age, and they both played in the McDonald’s (high school) game the same year,” Zeller said. “So I went to watch my brother (Tyler), and I had never heard of Kemba before. But I remember even in the practices, he was picking up full court. My dad and I were like, ‘I don’t know who that guy is, but I like him a lot.’ He’s just a tough, gritty guy, and back then Kemba wasn’t real skilled. He couldn’t shoot as well. He just played super hard; he was flying around the court. So my dad and I said, even from those first two kind of closed practices, we’re like, ‘I like this guy.’ So it’s kind of cool that it has come full circle and we got to play together. I’ve told him that story a couple times before.”
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.”
Storyline: Kemba Walker Free Agency
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.”