I hope the hornets sign jarett jack if ever jLin can't comeback for us this season
I hope the hornets sign jarett jack if ever jLin can't comeback for us this season
NBatum a max player????
GMMJordan is a real gambler.
OK! batum is back! but Big Al is now a Pacer. Hopefully we could get a quality bigman to replace him
Some people still think that Michael Jordan is the GM of the Charlotte Hornets? Tang ina, were you living under a rock?
I like what Rich Cho did to the roster for this season. Signing Batum and Williams to "discounted" deals was a good move.
I don't mind losing Big Al. They played better without him last season. Hibbert is a low risk, potentially high reward signing. He'll probably come off the bench as Cho stated that he views Zeller as a starting center.
I really hope they get a quality backup small forward. I'm worried that MKG won't be able to play for 82 games this season. *knocks on the wood*
KWalker/ RSessions/ BRoberts
CZeller/ SHawes/ RHibbert
and, it is not yet over folks. TDaniels sign and trade to ease the cap space? re-sign cheap free agents JGutierrez and THansbrough?
there are rumors that 76ers is shopping nerlens noel. He is a good addition if we get him.
Hawes + 1st round pick for noel ?
Hawes+Lamb+2nd round pick
goodluck to the team!
Hornets 1st five game:
Thu, 27 Oct @ Bucks
Sat, 29 Oct @ Heat
Sun, 30 Oct vs Celtics
Thu, 3 Nov vs 76ers
Sat, 5 Nov @ Nets
Kidd-Gilchrist, Hibbert help Hornets beat Bucks 107-96
MILWAUKEE -- The Charlotte Hornets turned up the pressure on the Milwaukee Bucks from the outset of their season opener.
Nicholas Batum disrupted the Bucks on the perimeter. Center Roy Hibbert had his teammates' backs in the paint.
The defense helped Charlotte build a big early lead, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 23 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a shoulder injury in the 107-96 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
"Early, they didn't get things easy," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.
They led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter before fending off a late charge from Milwaukee.
The Bucks, who looked lackluster for much of the game, drew energy from Greg Monroe's hustle in the paint and Jason Terry's floater that cut the lead to 93-85 with 5:08 left.
But the Hornets held on down the stretch, getting a straightaway 3 from Marvin Williams for a 12-point lead with 3:21 left.
"They definitely outplayed us. We just can't let that happen (any) more," Bucks forward Jabari Parker said.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The 6-foot-11 forward, now serving as Milwaukee's primary ball-handler, showed he was worth the four-year $100 million contract extension he signed before training camp.
"I'm not happy, we all wanted to start this season with a win ... so that's all I can think about," Antetokounmpo said.
The Hornets pressed early, and tried to force the Bucks to find other ways to start the offense. The Hornets also had an effective wing defender in the 6-foot-8 Batum.
"Nic set the tone with his ball pressure, trying to disrupt the offense, which not many guys his size could do," Clifford said.
Williams finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, a playoff team a year ago following a 48-win season.
Hornets: C Cody Zeller, who did not play the entire preseason because of a right knee injury, was 5 of 6 from the field for 15 points in 14 minutes. ... C-F Frank Kaminsky missed the game with a strained right foot. Kaminsky was a star in college at Wisconsin, where he helped lead the Badgers to two Final Four appearances.
Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon played well in his NBA debut, serving as the point guard when Antetokounmpo and Matthew Dellavedova were off the court. Brogdon, a second-round draft pick, finished with eight points and five assists in 21 minutes.
The Bucks couldn't keep up with Charlotte's crisp ball movement in the first half, when the Hornets had 17 assists on 22 field goals to build a 15-point lead.
Kemba Walker finished with eight assists, six coming in the first half.
"We just stuck to our game plan. We made all the right plays. We didn't turn the ball over too much," Walker said. "We got a lot of stops, pushed the tempo, we made shots."
Charlotte lost Jeremy Lin, Courtney Lee and Al Jefferson to free agency in the offseason, bringing in Marco Belinelli, Ramon Sessions and Hibbert.
The new Hornets are fitting in quite nicely. Kidd-Gilchrist is back after playing just seven games last season.
The 7-foot-2 Hibbert had a couple of rim-rocking dunks in the third quarter that helped build the 20-point lead.
With Hibbert anchoring the middle defensively, Clifford likes the length and versatility provided by Batum and the 6-7 Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Bucks were haunted by familiar problems that carried over from last year's 33-win squad.
Milwaukee was just 1 of 9 from behind the 3-point arc in the first half. Interior defense was also an issue and the Hornets took advantage of the scrambling Bucks by moving the ball quickly around the court.
Milwaukee finished 3 of 16 from behind the arc. Charlotte was 7 of 23 from 3-point range, but their baskets came in clutch situations.
"The timely 3s hurt. For us they shot 30 percent from the 3-point line. We'll take that, but when you're behind, your margin of error, it's very slim," coach Jason Kidd said.
Hornets: At Miami on Friday.
Bucks: Host Nets on Saturday.
Hornets roll over Pacers 122-100 behind strong first half
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was a point midway through the first quarter when Paul George began to wonder if the Indiana Pacers were ever going to keep the Charlotte Hornets from scoring.
Kemba Walker had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Hornets scored on their first 12 possessions to build a 21-point lead in the first quarter on their way to a 122-100 rout of the listless Pacers on Monday night.
Charlotte scored on every possession until Marvin Williams missed a jumper with 5:48 left in the first. By that point, the Hornets led 30-14 and were already on their way to a lopsided victory.
"We couldn't get a stop and we couldn't get a break," George said. "It's concerning that they are scoring and no one cares. No one cares. We are looking bad. We are terrible right now."
Charlotte, meanwhile, is looking pretty good under fourth-year coach Steve Clifford.
The Hornets (5-1) tied a 23-year franchise record with 75 points in the first half on 56.5 percent shooting and are off to the best start in franchise history.
Charlotte scored 35 points off 18 Indiana turnovers.
"We know the formula," said Charlotte center Spencer Hawes, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds. "The way we move the ball when we're playing defense, we'll do well. That's what we have to do moving forward because when we do that, we do pretty well."
Charlotte's starters were 17 of 25 from the field before halftime as the Hornets established a 20-point lead and never looked back.
"We're all out of whack. There's no trust, there's no chemistry, there's no belief. We're kind of just lifeless right now," George said.
Pacers: C.J. Miles led the Pacers with 23 points, while Al Jefferson had 12 points and nine rebounds in his return to Charlotte. ... Indiana shot only 15 free throws, compared to Charlotte's 32.
Hornets: Have won four straight against the Pacers. ... Treveon Graham scored his first NBA points when he knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing.
KIDD-GILCHRIST HURTS BACK
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made all four shots from the field and all five free throws and had 13 points before leaving the game in the third quarter with a lower back injury.
Clifford said Kidd-Gilchrist is day to day.
"He's sore," Clifford said. "He wanted to keep playing. But he was laboring out there and we can't have him hurt. He's been sore. Hopefully, he'll get treatment and we'll see how he feels."
Indiana is 0-4 on the road this season, losing those games by an average margin of 16.5 points.
Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he can't explain his team's inconsistency away from home.
"We play a really good ballgame (against Miami) and we get on the road and we haven't even been in these games," McMillan said. "It's something we need to look at."
The Hornets put together a nice video tribute to Jefferson and showed it on the scoreboard during the first quarter. The crowd responded with a standing ovation. Jefferson played three seasons for the Hornets before signing last offseason with the Pacers.
"It was very touching. It was cool," Jefferson said. "It was good to know that they appreciate the time I spent here. It was cool and I was glad to see it."
PICK AND ROLL
The Hornets effectively used the pick and roll to beat the Pacers.
"It gets back to the same thing -- when we're taking 3s when the ball hits the paint and we have the ability to go to the basket, where we're very difficult to guard," Clifford said. "When we have those possessions where the ball sticks a little bit or it's not a good screen or not a good attack and you play around the perimeter ... then you put no pressure on the defense."
Pacers: Return home to face Philadelphia on Wednesday night, where they are 3-0 this season.
Hornets: In the midst of a three-game homestand and host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
sayang yun lamang, natalo pa. CLE 100 - 93 CHA. they made a mistake of taking thing lightly.
KWalker underestimated JMcRae.
7-3 for the first 10 games. not bad for an average team
not a good week for the hornets.
from 7-3 last week, they are now 8-6.
nice "W"in for the CHornets in the "W"eak ECF.
millsap is now available for trade. Hoping that the Hornets would get his services.
salamat naman at nanalo din. a home win after a miserable 5 road losses.
Kemba Walker is finally an All-Star!