Hornets Rumors & News

  • Jeremy Lamb must manage reality to keep living NBA dream

    Winston-Salem Journal "Jeremy Lamb appreciated the opportunity the Charlotte Hornets provided last season. Lamb just wasn’t good at managing a sudden wealth of playing time. In his previous three NBA seasons, all with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lamb’s minutes were generally sporadic. The Thunder was one of the..." September 29

  • Hornets Kemba Walker and Cody Zeller not cleared for contact

    Today's Fastbreak "Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has fully healed from his offseason left knee surgery, but he still hasn’t been cleared for contact. Either has forward Cody Zeller, who is dealing with a bone bruise, and both could miss some exhibitions game according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte..." September 27

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • Hornets' Michael Jordan releases statement on Keith Lamont Scott shooting

    WBTV "NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has released a statement following last night's violent protests that saw the Charlotte Hornets store targeted by looters and vandals. In the brief statement, Jordan expressed his condolences to the family of Keith Lamont Scott, the..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told ESPN.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • Report: Former Michigan basketball star Glen Rice is 'almost broke'

    Miami Herald "Former Miami Heat superstar Glen Rice is “almost broke” despite a 15-year career in the NBA that also included a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. At least, that’s according to Miami-Dade County court records made public earlier this month in a paternity suit filed against Rice by a Fort..." September 21

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • Coach Steve Clifford: Hornets might not be as good offensively, but can be better defensively

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he believes his team can be as good as, if not better than, the version last season that won 48 games and was in a four-way tie for the Eastern Conference’s third-best record. But for all the carry-over players, Clifford sees this as a different team..." September 15

  • Batum: “I made a great blunder”

    EuroHoops.net "In a great interview published by the French newspaper “L’Equipe”, Nicolas Batum makes his public self-criticism for his summer with the French national team, revealing that the team and himself had their issues. As he explained: “Our tournament was very disappointing. It was perhaps our most..." September 14

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • Andrew Andrews, Rasheed Sulaimon Sign Camp Deals With Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets have signed Andrew Andrews and Rasheed Sulaimon to camp deals. As a senior at the University of Washington last season, the 6-2 Andrews averaged career highs of 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. " September 08

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • Perry Ellis Signs Camp Deal With Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "Perry Ellis will attend training camp with the Charlotte Hornets. Ellis averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. Ellis underwent surgery for a sports hernia this week but is expected to be back in time for the start of..." August 31

  • Shipwrecked: The Untold Story Behind Michael Jordan's Banned Sneakers

    Complex "It was the simplest of commercials: a single shot, panning from top to bottom, ending with a new logo. The messaging was simple, too, delivered in voiceover: “On September 15th, Nike created a revolutionary new basketball shoe. On October 18th, the NBA threw them out of the game. Fortunately, the..." August 31

  • City Council Takes Steps for Charlotte to Host 2019 NBA All-Star Game

    Time Warner Cable News "City council took steps Monday night to make it possible for Charlotte to host the 2019 NBA All-Star game. Last month the NBA pulled the 2017 game from the city because of the controversy surrounding House Bill 2. It was a tough loss for the city and for the state of North Carolina after the..." August 23

  • Former No. 1 Overall Pick Kwame Brown Reportedly Has His Eyes Set On An NBA Comeback

    Uproxx "really deserved the literal and metaphorical beatings he took during his disappointing NBA journeyman’s career. He didn’t ask to be the No. 1 pick in the 2001 Draft, and he certainly didn’t ask for the burden of expectation that came along with having to make front-office neophyte Michael Jordan..." August 23

  • Charlotte Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky: ‘I’ve got to be a better defender’

    Charlotte Observer "Frank Kaminsky has a message for Charlotte Hornets fans who think he was a spotty defender as an NBA rookie power forward: He thoroughly agrees. And given a chance, he’ll improve. I asked Kaminsky a slew of questions Wednesday at Time Warner Cable…oops the Spectrum Center (going to take a while..." August 21

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Hornets' arena gets new name

    The Score "The Charlotte Hornets' home arena has been renamed the Spectrum Center, the organization officially announced Wednesday. The renaming is a result of Spectrum parent company Charter Communications' purchase of Time Warner Cable in May. The facility, which opened in 2005, had been called Time..." August 17

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • 2017 NBA All-Star Game is a slam dunk for New Orleans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is coming to New Orleans. It's only a matter of time until city and league officials announce an agreement for the NBA's marquee annual event to be held at the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 19. The deal's not quite done. City officials still need to iron out a few..." August 13

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker on social justice, inspiring kids, departure of Jeremy Lin

    Charlotte Observer "Kemba Walker isn’t particularly bossy. That’s not to say the Charlotte Hornets’ point guard lacks assertiveness. But typically Walker would rather be known for his actions than his words. So it was a departure last month when Walker wrote an essay for the Player’s Tribune addressing gun..." August 05

  • Officials closing in on deal to bring 2017 NBA All Star Game to New Orleans

    The New Orleans Advocate "It isn’t done. But it’s close. New Orleans officials are closing in on a deal with the NBA to host the 2017 All Star Game and are in the process of ironing out details, multiple league sources told The Advocate on Tuesday. If everything goes to plan, there is a formal announcement expected..." August 04

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • Jarrett Jack says 'Haha' tweet was never about Jeremy Lin

    ESPN "Jarrett Jack says he was not throwing any shade on Jeremy Lin on July 1 when he tweeted in laughter about 20 minutes after Lin tweeted he was signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Some wondered whether Jack might have been bitter considering the Nets waived him and then gave Lin a three-year, $36..." July 30

  • Report: Four cities remain in contention to host 2017 NBA ASG

    NESN "The 2017 NBA All-Star Game needs a new host city after the league removed it from Charlotte last week because of North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law. Right now, the most likely host is New Orleans, which last hosted the event in 2008. Chicago last hosted All-Star Weekend in 1988, when..." July 28

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Hornets sign undrafted center Mike Tobey

    At The Hive "The Charlotte Hornets have signed center Mike Tobey to a training camp deal, the team announced in a press release Monday afternoon. Tobey, a four-year player from Virginia, played for the Hornets in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month. He averaged 10 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks..." July 26

  • Hornets Sign Treveon Graham

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets have signed unrestricted free agent Treveon Graham, the team announced. The length and terms of the arrangement were not relayed, though it is most likely a minimum salary deal with little or no guaranteed money. “We were impressed by Treveon’s play last season in the D-League and..." July 26

  • Hornets' Walker supports NBA's decision to pull ASG from Charlotte

    The Player's Tribune "How can I help? That’s what I’m thinking when I see Michael Jordan, the greatest to ever play the game of basketball and my team’s owner, speak up and take decisive action to help bring Americans together in a time of crisis. How can I help? That’s what’s going through my head when I turn..." July 26

  • Jeremy Lin fires back at trash-talking kid on Instagram

    The Comeback "It’s not rare to see people, both young and old talking smack about professional athletes. It could be at an arena or stadium, or nowadays, it can be online, whether it be on Twitter, Facebook, or in this case—Instagram. Instagram user kodyepugh posted a picture with Jeremy Lin, where it..." July 26

  • Jeremy Lin opens up: On Knicks heartbreak and racism

    New York Post "Q: When you knew your Knicks days were ending, how sad was that for you? A: I was really, really sad. I was sad the way everything went down, ’cause nothing happened the way I thought it was going to. I had wished that they had offered me a contract just in the beginning, and that didn’t even..." July 24

  • Hornets co-owner rips NBA, pols for All-Star exit in wild email

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA on Thursday followed through on multiple previous threats by announcing it was pulling the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposition to House Bill 2, a law passed in March by North Carolina legislators and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that reversed a Charlotte city..." July 22

  • NC governor rips NBA for 'imposing political will' on Charlotte

    The Score "North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, who enacted the HB2 bill that prompted the NBA to pull the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, has doubled down on his defense of the controversial piece of legislation in the wake of the league's announcement. "The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney..." July 21

  • NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, focuses on New Orleans

    Yahoo! Sports "Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical. The NBA is focused on the New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as the host for..." July 21

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Hornets Sign Summer Sixers Standout Christian Wood

    Liberty Ballers "Despite the remarkably packed front court situation the Philadelphia 76ers are dealing with, the thought of Christian Wood not earning a contract with the team after his play this summer was hard to fathom. The on-again, off-again Sixer tore up both Utah and Las Vegas Summer League in his..." July 14

  • Mike D’Antoni Comes Clean About Carmelo Anthony’s Discomfort With ‘Linsanity’ In New York

    Uproxx "It seems like a lifetime ago that Jeremy Lin was just a no-name kid from Harvard struggling to secure a spot on an NBA roster when he put together a now-mythological spree of performances that turned him into a worldwide phenomenon and gave birth to the name “Linsanity.” It’s still difficult to..." July 14