Giving The Hornets Credit When It’s Due.

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Had the fortunate opportunity to hear our friend Pete Guelli (EVP, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of the Charlotte Hornets) talk this morning about the re-brand/marketing of the Hornets and the overall future of the franchise.

It was really enlightening to hear about how much good Jordan has done for the organization since he took over ownership. Bringing in guys like Rich Cho and Pete has really set us up for long-term success on and off the court.

Think about the situation we were in with Bob Johnson and how slowly we’ve crawled ourselves out of a very deep hole. When these guys were brought in by Fred Whitfield and Jordan they took on the long arduous process of not only trying to put a good product on the court but also trying to create a brand that this city could be proud of… and let’s be honest. They had a huge hill to climb with a Bobcats brand and a 7-59 team.

You’re talking about guys like Cho, who have achieved feats like taking Corey Maggette and Ben Gordon and slowly trading a paper clip into a Porsche for Nicolas Batum. A player 5 other teams reportedly were willing to pay a max deal for this past off season and we got him for 5 years AND 30 million dollars less than he was reportedly being offered.

This is where a guy like Pete comes in. Not only did he help bring the Hornets name back, but he is in the room with these free agents when we are pitching our team, market, and brand to them. He helps us keep guys like Batum, Marvin, Kemba, and MKG for bargains. Simply because he can sell them on what we are building here…..Which with this core is CONSISTENCY. It feels like a strange word to say in association with this franchise but look at the Coaching staff and our core. A good deal of teams at the beginning of this season will be scrambling to find their identity, this is a common issue when major pieces are moved, luckily for us, we won’t have that problem.

Some pessimists and frankly impatient people are screaming “THE SKY IS FALLING” simply because they are looking at the roster and don’t see a superstar. However, look at those contracts.

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I see the most consistent player on our team last season in Marvin, I see a PG that is still climbing in potential (coming off an All-Star caliber season), I see one of the best defensive players in the NBA and Batum… a guy that 5 other teams offered a max contract to…. they are all good players.

THEN… look at the available players in next years free agency when the Cap space will be going up again and we don’t have to worry about signing these guys back… There is a reason patience is a virtue.

We often complain about this franchise and in the past, we’ve had very good reason to but we encourage you not to let the mistakes of the past sway your optimism for the future. Times are changing and individuals who can be trusted are now in control. We are not saying be blind sheep but do have a little faith in the process. After having sat down with both Rich Cho and Pete Guelli we have to say…these guys have our endorsement.

Hornets Summer League Roster & Why Frank Isn’t Playing

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The Charlotte Hornets 2016 Summer League Roster…

Wayne Blackshear
John Brown
Ramon Galloway
Aaron Harrison
James Kelly
Goodluck Okonoboh
Brandon Paul
Tim Quarterman
DeShaun Thomas
Sam Thompson
Mike Tobey
Joseph Uchebo
Gabe York

Frank Kaminsky will not be participating this year because Kaminsky will undergo a minor procedure to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall. The recovery time for the procedure is approximately six weeks according to Hornets.com

“Goodluck” fellas lol

If anything we may be looking at some future Greensboro Swarm players.

POLL: Hornets Priorities

Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson (25) gets a point across to teammates, Jeremy Lin (7), Kemba Walker (15) and Nicolas Batum (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. The Hornets won 113-88. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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With Free Agency fast approaching who do you think is the most important piece for the Hornets to resign?

Hornets Hysteria on Draft Day

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By Brad Kirby

With the draft occurring tonight, can we find a gem at pick number 22? If you are asking me, I believe we can. The Hornets most likely will stay at pick number 22 to select a player but could eventually decide to trade up, down, or even out of the draft tomorrow night. If Cho decides to trade up in the draft tonight, the asking price will not be as much due to it being a weaker draft than others in the past. Rumors regarding the Hornets have said that we are eyeing to trade up tonight. If this is the case, look for Cho and company to target a proven player with the pick. To move up into the top 10 of this draft, the Hornets would need to trade their 22nd overall first round pick, and package a duo of Cody Zeller, Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes. Would it be worth it? Yes it would because the Hornets could get a more impactful player right away. The Hornets hopefully will have many appealing options to select from in the first round tonight. Charlotte will not have a second round pick tonight due to the Jeremy Lamb trade last offseason in June. At the end of the night, I believe the Hornets will end up trading for a second round pick though. Now let’s dive into the predictions for the 22nd pick tonight.

 

The Hornets Front Office will have a mindset to select the best player available on their board when it’s our time to select a player on the clock. The Hornets have no certain position to fill which is why they may go in the direction of choosing the best available player on their board. Tonight, I believe the Charlotte Hornets will be selecting from one of these 4 players below who will might still be available ranked from my favorite to least favorite player.

 

Thon Maker: Power Forward/Center: Australia

If you want 7-foot-0 enthralling prospect, here is the pick. Thon Maker has all the talent to make a massive impact at the next level. Maker, a 19 year old who hasn’t played a college or overseas game, is a complete mystery worth the risk. His game is sensational and can translate to the NBA perfectly. He has a high running motor and good shot that can stretch to the three-point line. Maker, if drafted by the Hornets, would be well-liked among our fans due to his willingness to work hard, his mobility, and his competitiveness on the court every day. From numerous rumors around the league, Maker is at the top of our board and is very loved by the Hornets front office but some teams have written him off all together over rumors that he may be 23 not 19… drama.

 

Malik Beasley: Combo Guard: Florida State University

If you want a Mr. Do it all, here is the guy you may want. Beasley, a 6-foot-5 true freshmen, made a big impact for the Seminoles this past season dropping 15.6 points per game and hauling in 5.3 rebounds to go along with that. Beasley is a very explosive player who can knock down a shot from anywhere on the court and can explode for a dunk from anywhere in the paint. He has all the tools and attributes to make a impact right away in the league. If he was drafted by the Hornets, he would a provide a huge spark off the bench and give Buzz City many minutes every night for the upcoming years. The Hornets have been very linked to him in the draft process and he’s very high on our board so don’t be surprised if you hear his name called on draft night.

 

Brice Johnson: Power Forward: University of North Carolina

If you want a very well polished AP All-American senior, here is your guy. The 6-foot-10 Johnson averaged 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds this past season. Every given night he was a double-double machine. He provided the Tar Heels with a big low-post presence on both sides of the ball and a pretty good mid-range jumper. Brice Johnson could easily make a huge impact for the Hornets right of the bat and make Time Warner Cable Arena erupt after his fascinating dunks and unbelievable blocks into the stands.

 

Diamond Stone: Center: University of Maryland

If you want an Al Jefferson 2.0, here is your 6-foot-11 replacement. Could Diamond Stone be a diamond in the rough? I believe he can. Stone has all the qualities of a true center. He has an outstanding skill level that cooperates well with his very strong body and long arms. This past season, Stone was a true freshman and provided the Terrapins with 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. Diamond Stone would be an outstanding fit for the Hornets because they play with their bigs very well in the paint. If we draft him, Diamond Stone could own the paint in the upcoming years.

 

10 other intriguing players for the 22nd overall pick:

  1. Malachi Richardson: Shooting Guard: Syracuse University
  2. Denzel Valentine: Shooting Guard/Small Forward: Michigan State University
  3. Demetrius Jackson: Point Guard: University of Notre Dame
  4. Malcolm Brogdon: Combo Guard: University of Virginia
  5. Cheick Diallo: Power Forward/Center: University of Kansas
  6. DeAndre Bembry: Small Forward: St. Joseph’s University
  7. Damian Jones: Power Forward/Center: Vanderbilt University
  8. Taurean Prince: Small Forward: Baylor University
  9. Dejounte Murray: Point Guard: University of Washington
  10. Timothe Luwawu: Shooting Guard: France

 

3 Possible Trades for the Draft:

  1. Hornets trade Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the 22nd overall pick to the Suns for the 4th Overall Pick and 13th Overall Pick. The Hornets would most likely select Buddy Hield, Jaylen Brown or Kris Dunn with the earlier pick and they would go with a massive upside player at the 13th pick.
  2. Hornets trade the 22nd overall pick and Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes for the Hawks 12th Overall Pick.
  3. The Hornets trade the 22nd Overall Pick, Cody Zeller, and Jeremy Lamb for the Bucks 10th Overall Pick and Greg Monroe

 

Rich Cho and the Hornets love to deal so we shouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets are in many trade rumors tomorrow. I’d be highly surprised if the Hornets didn’t make a trade to move up, down, or even receive a second round pick. I believe Cho tomorrow will be on the phone with many teams and will eventually wind up with a very good deal that will benefit us next season. Let’s hope the Hornets pick some very superb talent in the draft tomorrow to help us leap to a very high level next season. May the draft be thrilling to Buzz City. In Cho we trust.

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Did You Know: The Hive, Visiting an Old Friend

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(Grass: is where the Hive stood on the left, Tree Line: Hive Drive and Parking Lot on Right)

About once or twice a year since 2010 my brother and me have made a point of visiting the site of the old Hive for a mixed purpose of reminiscing and seeing how the “regeneration”, as it was called, process is going.

As I sat at work having recently posted a picture of the parking lot at the Coliseum and our timeline was beginning to flood with questions about the current status of the site I looked outside the window and saw a beautiful day and decided to give the old friend a visit. Curiously I typed in my iPhone GPS “Hive Drive” and to my amusement the pin dropped on the right spot.

Upon my arrival at the back entrance off of Yorkmont Rd. I was greeted by the now familiar signs that read “NO TRESPASSING: Those Trespassing Will Bee Prosecuted To The Full Extent of The Law”. As any good Charlottean would do I followed the law but somewhere on the walk back to my car I lost my phone for about 45 minutes and miraculously found it with these pictures inside. 

From my interpretation of the pictures the only real lasting remnants are the steps and vast far left parking lot. Where the Hive stood is a field of tall grass ironically filled with snakes. A giant pile of concrete rubble lies in the middle of the parking lot which is now used for foundation on the construction of the City Park View Apartments that have methodically chipped away at the land over the past few years.

The once umbilical cord of Hive Dr. that brought life from Tyvola to the Coliseum is now severed in half. The road has been renamed to City Park Dr.

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Now stand apartments starting at $988 a month. I walk in and chat with the receptionist to find out what little she knows and she tells me that several people come every month to ask her about and visit the site. An almost Hornets fan pilgrimage.

Having realized this would be the case the Atlanta based company that bought the land has made a skeleton of a memorial that is self aware of its inability to console those who visit.

4 steal pillars from the Coliseum and a plaque.

 

Phase 2 of construction has begun and what is left of the original road leading to the Coliseum will undoubtedly depart with the apartment’s arrival.

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