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Nic Batum Won't Need To Undergo Surgery On Elbow

Oct 10, 2017 9:01 AM

Nic Batum will not need to undergo surgery on the torn ligament in his left elbow.

The Charlotte Hornets announced the injury as needing at least six to eight weeks to recover. 

Batum and the Hornets were optimistic he wouldn't need season-ending surgery.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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Nic Batum Likely Out 2-3 Months After Tearing Ligament In Elbow

Oct 5, 2017 3:54 PM

Nic Batum tore a ligament in his left elbow during Wednesday's preseason game.

Batum will likely miss 8-12 weeks with the injury. Spencer Perry of Queen City Hoops first reported the injury.

Batum will receive additional opinions on whether he needs to undergo surgery.

Batum signed a five-year, $120 million deal to stay with the Hornets in 2016.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 21, 2017 12:43 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Bulls (2:38), Hawks (8:04), Nets (12:18), Knicks (16:42), Pacers (23:09), Magic (30:03), Pistons (37:10), 76ers (44:03), Hornets (57:50), Heat (1:03:04), Bucks (1:08:44), Wizards (1:22:04), Raptors (1:28:30), Cavs (1:35:52) and Celtics (1:52:18).

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Dwight Howard: I Never Recovered From Dwightmare Period

Sep 19, 2017 4:54 PM

Dwight Howard's future with the Orlando Magic and long dragged out exit dominated the NBA landscape in 2012 and he feels like the period has continued to plague his career five years later.  Lee Jenkins writes that "Howard can't stop reliving" some of the details of his Dwightmare period.

“In a lot of ways, I feel like I never recovered,” said Howard.

Howard played through a torn labrum with the Los Angeles Lakers in an effort to regain his reputation around the NBA.

“I lost confidence in who I am as a player,” he recalls. “I’d hear people say, ‘You should play more like Shaq,’ so I tried to bully guys. But that didn’t work because I’m not as big as Shaq. Then I’d hear people say, ‘You smile too much, you should be more like Kobe,’ so I tried to put on a mean face and play mad. But I wound up getting all these stupid techs and flagrant fouls.” 

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Hornets Bring Back Classic Teal, Purple Pinstripe Uniforms As 'Classic Edition'

Sep 13, 2017 12:38 PM

The Charlotte Hornets are bringing back their classic teal and purple pinstripe uniforms from their original days in the late 1980s. The Hornets will wear it as a "Classic Edition" alternate uniform.

The NBA is shifting from Adidas to Nike this season but the Hornets are the lone team to wear Jordan Brand.

The uniforms were originally designed by clothing designer Alexander Julien.

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Hornets Will Still Start Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Sep 10, 2017 10:27 AM

The Charlotte Hornets will start Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward again this season. There has been some support amongst fans for the Hornets to start Malik Monk over Kidd-Gilchrist due to his superior shooting.

“MKG – everybody wants to know – he’ll start and I think he’ll have a great year,” Steve Clifford said.

“Spacing is the basic tenant of offensive basketball,” Clifford said, acknowledging Kidd-Gilchrist’s limited shooting range. “But it’s not as important as competitiveness, it’s not as important as character, and it’s not as important as natural talent.

“He is a natural athlete. He has a feel for the game, he’s a tough guy who cares about the team, and I think he can be one of the top 10 defenders in the league this year.”

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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Malik Monk Still Impacted By 'Significant' Ankle Injury

Sep 10, 2017 10:21 AM

Malik Monk was forced to miss Summer League due to an ankle sprain that was described recently by Steve Clifford as a "significant injury."

Monk is still suffering from the injury.

Monk recently couldn't finish an optional workout that wasn't physically demanding due to the injury.

The Charlotte Hornets drafted Monk with the 11th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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Michael Carter-Williams Underwent PRP Surgery In Both Knees

Sep 8, 2017 4:47 PM

Michael Carter-Williams underwent surgery on both knees in mid-July that could keep him out of the preseason.

Clifford said Carter-Williams isn’t cleared to work out with teammates on the court.

Carter-Williams had Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments on the patella tendons in both knees. Doctors extract blood from a patient, extract platelets from the whole blood, and inject the PRP back in a damaged area.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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Hornets To Hire Eddie Jordan As Assistant Coach

Sep 2, 2017 12:09 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will hire Eddie Jordan as an assistant coach.

Jordan will fill the void of Bob Weiss, who recently left the Hornets for the Denver Nuggets.

Jordan has previously been a head coach with the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Hornets also lost Patrick Ewing this offseason, who became head coach at Georgetown.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph

Sep 1, 2017 2:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Mike Prada of SB Nation (@MikePradaSBN) and Adi Joseph of For The Win (@AdiJoseph) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves and choose the Southeast’s best newcomer.

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5, predict how many playoff teams will come out of the division, choose breakout players and much more.

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Hornets To Sign Julyan Stone To Two-Year Deal
The second year of Julyan Stone's deal will have a guaranteed trigger date.

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Julyan Stone Expected To Sign With Hornets
The Hornets have been looking for a third point guard at the veteran's minimum.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets Sign Marcus Paige, Mangok Mathiang To Two-Way Contracts
Marcus Paige and Mangok Mathiang will play primarily for the G-League Greensboro Swarm next season.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Hornets Promote Buzz Peterson To Assistant GM
Buzz Peterson's promotion to Assistant General Manager comes after serving last season as the Senior Advisor to Basketball Operations.

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Michael Carter-Williams Agrees To Sign With Hornets On One-Year, $2.7M Deal
Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to sign with the Hornets.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Carter-Williams Receiving Interest From Rockets, Knicks, Thunder, Pelicans, Hornets
Michael Carter-Williams received a call from the Rockets as free agency opened.

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Malik Monk Likely Out For Summer League With Sprained Left Ankle
Malik Monk's rehab is expected to last two to four weeks.

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Kemba Walker Wins Sportsmanship Award
Previous recipients include Mike Conley Jr., Kyle Korver, Jason Kidd, Stephen Curry and Grant Hill.

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Hornets Acquire Dwight Howard From Hawks
Dwight Howard signed with the Hawks during the 2016 offseason.

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Adam Silver Defends Awarding ASG To Charlotte Amid Criticism From LGBTQ Groups
After taking a public stand against North Carolina's discriminatory "bathroom bill" by moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans, the NBA has already announced its return for the 2019 game.

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2019 NBA All-Star Game To Be Played In Charlotte
The 2017 game was scheduled to be played in Charlotte but the NBA moved it to New Orleans following North Carolina's passing of HB2.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Kemba Walker Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee
Kemba Walker is likely to have a six-week recovery time.

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Hornets To Wear Jordan Brand Next Season
Michael Jordan became controlling owner of the Hornets in 2010.

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Hornets Decline 17-18 Option On Christian Wood
Christian Wood averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 8.2 minutes per game.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hornets Pick Up 17-18 Option On Rich Cho
Rich Cho has been general manager of the Hornets since the 11-12 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Patrick Ewing Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Georgetown
Patrick Ewing will immediately assume his duties with the Hoyas and leave the Hornets' coaching staff.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Patrick Ewing To Interview For Georgetown Job
John Thompson Jr. has been a proponent of hiring Patrick Ewing.

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Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Briante Weber To Sign Two-Year Deal With Hornets
Briante Weber was coming off his second 10-day contract with the Hornets.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Hornets To Sign Johnny O'Bryant For Remainder Of Season
Johnny O'Bryant had been with the Hornets for two 10-day deals.

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