Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24
NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller underwent successful surgery today to repair a tendon in his right shoulder, as well as remove a bone spur and scar tissue. The procedure was completed by Hornets Team Physician Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. Zeller's recovery time..." April 22
CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20
Charlotte Observer "Nine months ago the Charlotte Hornets agreed to pay Lance Stephenson $18 million guaranteed over two seasons. Friday general manager Rich Cho was asked if he considers that a mistake. “It didn’t work out as we expected it to,” Cho said. “I don’t want to look backwards, I want to look..." April 19
ESPN.com "Hornets swingman Lance Stephenson had a rough first year in Charlotte, but said he plans on coming back better and with more confidence next season. Stephenson, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets last offseason, shot 17.3 percent from 3-point range this season. That mark..." April 17
Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17
Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.
Raptors HQ "It's finally over, through all the ups of November and December, to the downs of most of 2015. The Toronto Raptors arrive at the end of the 2014-15 season with the best record they've ever had. It wasn't quite 50 wins, but 49 is close enough. Tonight, the Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets..." April 16
Al Jefferson says it's highly unlikely he'd exercise his opt out to become a free agent in July.
Fox Sports Carolinas "It'd be relatively easy to argue that All-Pro center Al Jefferson is the most important part of the Charlotte Hornets roster. Outside of being the lone inside scoring threat, and a very good one at that, he's also an important cog in the locker room as a team leader. That's why it'd be a..." April 15
Houston Chronicle "The Hornets weren’t playing for anything. It was their last home game of the season and they were well out of playoff contention. That didn’t mean they were going to make it easy for the Rockets, who are still playing for a lot. Although the Hornets put up a fight, the Rockets came out on..." April 14
NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14
Detroit News "The final image for Pistons fans on Fan Appreciation Day at the Palace of Auburn Hill was a great one. It was starters and rotation players throwing their hands in the air and celebrating the accomplishments of guys that don't play as much. It was Andre Drummond (15 points, 19 rebounds)..." April 13
Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13
Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13
Fox Sports South "Going inside the Hawks' 104-80 victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets at Philips Arena on Friday. Atlanta added to its franchise best win total with win No. 60 on the season. Atlanta's normal orchestra of movement wasn't terribly harmonious against the Hornets. It took the Hawks just over..." April 11
Toronto Sun "For one night, the Raptors were the kings of the Queen City, ending a streak of futility that dates back five years. Even when the host Hornets were bad, record-wise that is, the team’s ability to control the paint, boards and the team’s perimeter play was simply too much for the Raptors to..." April 09
Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford’s salary for the 2015-16 season became guaranteed when the then-Bobcats qualified for the playoffs a year ago. Clifford’s contract, signed in May 2013, was originally portrayed as two seasons guaranteed with the third season a team option, worth $6 million..." April 09
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "This did not have the look of a team considering anything but playoff possibilities, no matter what the record might look like at the finish, no matter the lottery possibilities that might be bypassed. Not when they went up by 10 in the second period. Not when they put together a 16-0 run in..." April 08
USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08
I hear Lance Stephenson is out tonight with a jammed toe.
Fox Sports Carolinas "When the Charlotte Hornets drafted Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 overall in 2012, right behind Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis, the selection had its share of skeptics. After all, percentage-wise, Kidd-Gilchrist might have been the worst jump shooter of any prospect in the draft. But the..." April 07
Steve Clifford says MKG probably won't be back this season, Cody Zeller might be. "It is what it is."
Injury Update: @hornets Bismack Biyombo suffered a broken nose in tonight's game. Listed as questionable for Tues at MIA.
Sporting News "The Hornets' fading chances of locking up a playoff spot could get even dimmer. Center Al Jefferson sat out the second half of the Hornets 93-74 loss to the Pacers on Friday night with a right knee injury. Head coach Steve Clifford told reporters it is “definitely” possible Jefferson won’t play..." April 04
MKG's left ankle is in a walking boot.
Clifford says @StephensonLance unlikely to play tonight vs. Pacers. Says he and Lance have to make adjustments to bring out his strengths.
Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker says fans are blaming coach Steve Clifford too much for the team’s struggles this season and perhaps blaming the players not enough. Fan frustration on some Charlotte sports-talk radio programs and Twitter of late has often suggested there should be a..." April 03
CBSSports.com "People forget that Lance Stephenson was actually the Hornets' second choice. Their big free agency wing acquisition was going to be Gordon Hayward. They offered a full four-year max for the Utah swingman, which the Jazz matched. At the time it was a controversial decision for Utah. The Hornets..." April 03
Charlotte Observer "Shortly after a 102-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford set out to clear up a misconception: That players do or don’t play because of who Clifford “likes.” “People say, 'He doesn’t like P.J. (Hairston), he doesn’t like Lance (Stephenson).’ I just want..." April 02
Charlotte Observer "Clifford owns decision to sign Stephenson: Coach Steve Clifford had said before he was as strong an advocate as any Hornets decision-maker for signing Lance Stephenson last July. Wednesday he made sure there was no misconception. “Lance is here because of me. I’m the one that..." April 02
Boston Globe "Sunday night, Isaiah Thomas called his team's upcoming game against the Charlotte Hornets a must-win. On Monday night, Avery Bradley and the Celtics delivered on that promise. Boston's starting shooting guard erupted for a season-high 30 points, just two points short of his career-high, helping..." March 31
Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31
Charlotte Observer "For the second time in a week center Al Jefferson had fluid drained from his left knee. Jefferson struggled physically in the second half Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks. Bismack Biyombo picked up most of Jefferson’s minutes after halftime." March 30
Not that this is any surprise, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle sprain) is out for Hawks game.
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28
New York Post "The Nets picked up a key win, but also may have lost a key player. Because of a huge performance from Brook Lopez, who finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, the Nets emerged with a desperately needed 91-88 win over the Hornets Wednesday night inside Time Warner Cable Arena. The..." March 26
No Cody Zeller tonight. Al Jefferson will play vs. Nets but Steve Clifford said the knee will be an issue rest of season.
Pro Basketball Talk "As the NBA continues to work on expanding its global reach, the league has announced it will play two 2015 preseason games in China, and will be bringing the game to Shenzhen for the very first time. From the official release: The Clippers and Hornets will play the NBA’s first game ever in..." March 25
Chicago Sun-Times "With three weeks left in the regular season, the Bulls’ game plan is simple: Get healthy, stay healthy and let Tom Thibodeau Do. His. Job. The Bulls took a significant step in that direction Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets when leading scorer Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup after..." March 24
At The Hive "As tonight's game ticked down, the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers lost their respective games, creating a scenario where four of the six teams (Boston, Indiana, Milwaukee, Charlotte) in the battle for the 6, 7, 8 seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs had losing streaks of three or more..." March 23
Pro Basketball Talk "Michael Jordan and Nike are synonymous with each other. Both brands have played prominent roles in basketball and shoe culture, growing together since Jordan entered the NBA in 1984. But if Adidas were a little smarter, perhaps the Nike-Jordan partnership never would have begun. Ellen..." March 23
Hornets forward Cody Zeller will be listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Timberwolves. Ongoing soreness in right shoulder.
Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21
L.A. Daily News "The Charlotte Hornets invaded Staples Center on Tuesday, no doubt hopeful of an upset victory that would really sting the Clippers. But the Hornets, fighting for their playoff lives, were coming off a 28-point loss Monday night at Utah. That would seem to make them ripe for a second consecutive..." March 18