Charlotte Hornets News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fansided: Charlotte Hornets: Los Angeles Lakers to target Kemba Walker in Free Agency
After a blockbuster trade on Saturday, the Charlotte Hornets found out that they have a strong competitor when it comes to re-signing Kemba Walker. Rumors now indicate that the Los Angeles Lakers will look to strongly pursue Walker during free agency.
Right after the trade, New York Times' writer Mark Stein reported that "Kemba Walker will be a top target in free agency." This report from Stein came from a few league sources.
These rumors surfaced after the Lakers traded away three key players in order to get Anthony Davis.
Fansided: Charlotte Hornets: Pre 2019 NBA Draft Round-Table Discussion
After spending many hours writing, watching film, and debating what we believe is the best course of action, we've decided to share parts of our thoughts and opinions regarding the Charlotte Hornets, it's players, and potential players.
First and foremost, I would like to thank all the participants in this piece, as it contains our own individual words and views, and thank you for the continued support and help in making this individual article a complete team effort. We hope you enjoy another Swarm and Sting Round-Table Discussion.
Good morning/afternoon/evening (depending on when you're reading this) ladies and gentleman.
Fansided: Charlotte Hornets: Early 2019-20 power rankings revealed
With a hard offseason in the making, the Charlotte Hornets found out what ESPN thought about them on Saturday. With this early prediction, hopefully, the Hornets can find some form of motivation.
In ESPN's power rankings, the Hornets are ranked at the 26th spot; they are ranked to be one of the worst teams in the NBA going into next season. Notable Eastern Conference teams ranked ahead of them are the Miami Heat, Atalanta Hawks, and the Washington Wizards.
Based on ESPN's prediction, the top three teams going into next season would be the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, and Philadelphia 76ers.
Official Site of the Charlotte Hornets: Fred Whitfield Named 2019 Citizen of the Carolinas
June 13, 2019 -Fred Whitfield has been named the 2019 Citizen of the Carolinas by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. The announcement was made during the Alliance's Inter City Visit to Pittsburgh. The award is the highest honor given by the Alliance and will be presented at the organization's Annual Meeting Dec. 3.
Whitfield joins an impressive list of past winners that include Nikki Haley, Johnny Harris, Rick Hendrick, Erskine Bowles, Mac Everett, Dan DiMicco, Julius Chambers, Harvey Gantt, Leon and Sandra Levine, Michael Jordan, Ben Bernanke, Dean Smith, Marian Wright Edelman, Hugh McColl and Reverend Billy Graham among others.
At the Hive: Prospect scouting report: Bol Bol
In our community mock draft, the fans voted on who they wanted the Charlotte Hornets to select. Their answer- Bol Bol.
Bol is a arguably the most high-risk high-reward prospect in this draft class. His skills at his size are almost unprecedented, but he comes with questions over his body and his mentality.
Height: 7'0.75" without shoes, 7'2.5" in shoes
Standing reach: 9'7.5"
Weight: 208 pounds
Strengths: Offensive skill level, shooting touch, rim protection
Bol's offensive skill set and fluidity at his size immediately jump out.
Fansided: Charlotte Hornets 2019 NBA Mock Draft Vol. 3: Full Two-Round Projections
The NBA Draft is one of my favorite times of the year. Seeing the young players fulfill a life long dream of making it into the NBA is heartwarming, and the trade activity during the draft is always fun. The Charlotte Hornets own the 12th overall pick in this years draft; this will be an important pick for the franchises future, if they elect to keep it.
This will be our third and final 2019 NBA Mock Draft installment. You can check out our very first mock here, and our second and most recent mock draft here.
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At the Hive: Hornets news and notes, 6/12/2019
A few things have happened in Charlotte Hornets world over the last few days. Here's a quick rundown.Kemba Walker is part of the 20 player training camp roster for Team USA's entry into the FIBA World Cup . He, Kyle Lowry , and Damian Lillard are the only three point guards on the roster, so there's a good chance he makes the final roster.
According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv , Walker is expected to remain with the Hornets should they offer him a max contract.
Official Site of the Charlotte Hornets: Hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Undergoes Successful Surgical Procedure
June 11, 2019 - The Charlotte Hornets have announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent a successful surgical procedure earlier today to address a chronic groin strain. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to make a full recovery and be available for the start of the team's Training Camp in September. The procedure was performed by Dr. William C. Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.
Kidd-Gilchrist appeared in 64 games (three starts) during the 2018-19 season and posted averages of 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game. In his seven-year career with Charlotte, he has averaged 8.
Official Site of the Charlotte Hornets: Charlotte Hornets and CycleBar on hosted the Second Annual Ride at the Hive
The Charlotte Hornets and CycleBar on Saturday hosted the second annual Ride at the Hive event benefitting the Charlotte Hornets Foundation.
Presented by CycleBar and sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and NewDominion Bank, this one-of-a-kind fitness experience took place in Spectrum Center's main lobby overlooking the Hornets home court and included cycling, brunch and mimosas, shopping from local vendors, a silent auction and more.
For just $35, participants received a 45-min CycleBar ride with a CycleStar (r) Instructor, a limited edition event T-shirt, a water bottle, brunch and mimosas, and access to the Vendor Village featuring local businesses.
Participants were also encouraged to raise additional money for the Charlotte Hornets Foundation, with tiered prizes including a Nike tote bag, complimentary tickets to a 2019-20 Hornets home game and meet and greets with Hornets players.
Fansided: Charlotte Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has successful surgery
On Tuesday, the Charlotte Hornets found out that their former #2 pick overall pick had successful surgery to correct a nagging groin strain. This injury was one that has been bothering Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for awhile.
With the surgery going well, Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to make a full recovery, and he should be ready for next season. Kidd-Gilchrist is entering the eighth season of his career; this is a contract year for him.
Last season, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged a career low with 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Charlotte. The main reason behind this decline was his chronic groin injury that he was dealing with.
At the Hive: At the Hive community mock draft, phase two
The At the Hive community has spoken on behalf of the Charlotte Hornets and selected Bol Bol with the twelfth overall pick in our version of the 2019 NBA Draft.
With that, it's time to get the mock draft rolling again. We have a little over a week before the real draft and 24 picks until the Hornets make their selection at 36. Can we make it there? Many people are saying no, but I have faith that we can do it.
Below is the list of representatives again in case you forgot.
At the Hive: Thank you Tony Parker
Tony Parker is hanging up his sneaks at 37 years of age. After his 18th season in the league, number nine announced yesterday that he will be retiring from the National Basketball Association. The list of career accomplishments is as long as his career was: Four NBA Titles, Six All-Star Appearances, NBA Finals MVP 2007, three All-NBA Second teams, and he has represented France on numerous occasions, on numerous stages throughout his career.
Those numbers are certainly impressive and easy to read from any aggregator. What will be harder to understand is his impact on the game on the court.
At the Hive: Tony Parker announces his retirement
Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker announced that he was retiring from the NBA today, via Marc Spears of the Undefeated. His reasoning:
A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision. But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can't be Tony Parker anymore and I can't play for a championship, I don't want to play basketball anymore.
Parker clearly misses his time with the San Antonio Spurs and understandably struggles getting motivated to play for a team that doesn't have title aspirations.
Fansided: Charlotte Hornets: Tony Parker officially retires from NBA, iconic career over
I am upset.
I knew this day was coming, and I knew I'd never be prepared for it. This morning, Charlotte Hornets guard and former San Antonio Spurs icon Tony Parker told The Undefeated that he is retiring from the NBA after playing 18 seasons in the league.
Parker is at peace with his decision, and noted that if he isn't playing for an NBA Championship, he doesn't feel quite right. Charlotte missing the playoffs had to have hurt Parker, but he did acknowledge the organization and said he had a "great time" with the Hornets.