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: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hamstring) and Cody Zeller (knee) both out versus Celtics. Dwight Howard (rib) will play; he’s only Hornet to play every game this season.
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.
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.
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller is sitting out Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a sore thigh.
Rick Bonnell: Cody Zeller is OUT tonight and it doesn't sound likely he plays Wednesday at Golden State. I'll have a story on his injury later today.
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets list Cody Zeller as DOUBTFUL to play in Portland Tuesday. He's recovering from a quad contusion.
Rick Bonnell: Cody Zeller OUT again with a quad contusion. The @Charlotte Hornets are 1-8 when he doesn't play this season.
It doesn’t sound like Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will be available to play anytime soon. Zeller has been held out of contact drills this preseason while he receives treatment for a bone bruise along his right knee. Wednesday he was held out of the entire practice. "He’s not even doing the non-contact stuff at this stage, so he has a long way to go," said Hornets coach Steve Clifford.
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller had to miss scrimmaging against Team USA this week in Las Vegas due to a sore right knee. An NBA source confirmed Zeller had some soreness that caused him to cancel his participation with the USA Select Team. The injury is not considered serious.
April 18, 2021 | 8:02 pm EDT Update
Duane Rankin: Monty Williams said they haven’t talked about resting guys as of yet. Talked about Chris Paul is someone you think about when talking about resting guys, but said the 35-year old (16-year NBA veteran) doesn’t want to miss games. Williams said Phoenix is relatively young. #Suns
Late in each Charlotte Hornets season, coach James Borrego opens up the rotation to see what a second-round rookie has got. Three seasons ago, it was Devonte Graham. Last March, it was Jalen McDaniels. Friday, it was emphatically Vernon Carey Jr. “Based on what I saw tonight, I’ve got to look very hard at Vernon” the rest of the season, Borrego said, after Carey’s NBA debut as a starter.
Carey was stunningly good with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, plus six rebounds. The Hornets selected former the former Duke center early in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, and prior to Friday he had amassed all of 33 minutes. He played 35 minutes in the 130-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and totally looked like he belonged. Carey learned Friday morning that he was starting, even though the decision had been made the night before. Borrego didn’t want Carey fretting all night instead of sleeping.
What does Carey think drew Borrego’s attention? “Showcasing what I did in the G-League,” Carey guessed, “and working every day. Just showing my feel for the game. I think that played into me starting today.”
On Feb. 27, 2016, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry pulled up from 40 feet in overtime and broke basketball. The game-winner heard around the world was a triumph of skill, practice, gusto and necessity. Curry never knew how far he was from the hoop. He just knew the clock was dwindling, and it was time to shoot.