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TheMaulClaw

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X factor: Zeller

22 July 2014 - 11:31 AM

Second year man Cody Zeller has to meet big expectations this year for this team to fulfill it's potential.  It is still unclear to me whether he goes into the season as the starter or the primary rotation player for the 4 and 5 spots.  Personally, I think that Cody has a nice game rooted in fundamentals and possesses nice athleticism and he deserves an opportunity to start considering the marked improvement he made over the second half of last season..  

 

It can only help that he's been selected to the US select team and will get a chance to learn under Coach K prior to the season.  If he's made progress working on his back to the basket game and his mid range jumper it will be exciting to have him on the floor.

 

While he may never be the "connect the dots" guy that McBob was, he can do things that McBob could never do especially athletically.   

 

Case in point... If he develops we have an opportunity to do great things.  If he hits the wall this season we'll probably be a disappointment compared to our expectations.

 

Thoughts?

 

 


Chris Broussard: Hornets going to make a strong run at Stephenson.

30 June 2014 - 02:21 PM

Just saw on ESPN.  Chris Broussard just commented that the Charlotte Hornets are very interested in Lance Stephenson and plan to make a strong run at him.

 

Wll update when I find internet link.

 

This was on Sportcenter right before FIFA pregame.

 

Links as found:

 

http://www.vcpost.co...free-agency.htm


Should we just save our cash?

29 June 2014 - 12:01 PM

I know most of us are excited to experience the rush one feels when their favorite teams signs a decent player they're familiar with.  I'm no different, but despite my impulse to want exciting roster news in the off season....is it really the best thing to do?

 

Right now the Hornets are in a rare and wonderful position.  Very rarely does a playoff team have have our current cap flexibility, young assets, and almost everyone returning. We have already improved our team from last year, and who knows what would have happened if Big Al was 100 percent.  We were outplaying the Heat until he got hurt.

 

I don't think being quick to burn our hard earned cap space on a player like Hayward or Parsons is the answer.  We might win 8 more games....we even might get the winless in the playoffs monkey off our back.  But we're not going to bring home the bacon with those moves.  

 

There has been a lot of discussion on this forum on as to how the Hornets can attract a star player.  After thinking about it I've decided that the patient route is the wiser approach.  If we can maintain our cap flexibility over the next few years and focus on the developing of the good talent we already have I believe we'll be great position to be a perennial playoff team and an attractive location for a superstar.  I believe we'll be a playoff team while we go through this process as well.

 

I've said earlier that I think Cho might be biding his time until Durant hits the market in two years.  Considering Cho drafted Durant in Seattle this might be our best shot at a big fish.   If Durant was a free agent today most likely we wouldn't even be a blip on the radar. 

 

But think about this.  In two years we'd be a team that has made the playoffs three consecutive seasons.  All of our young draft picks would still be very young, but very developed, and since we fought the impulse to overpay free agents to appease fans....we would still have a wealth of cash to sign a guy like Durant.  That combined with his previous relationship with Cho really does make it realistic.

 

Thoughts?


USA vs Germany

26 June 2014 - 11:36 AM

Since there's not a formal soccer board, figured I would create a discussion thread about the game, because hey it's the US.

 

Anyway tight game, both teams look like they have a chance to win at this point and also Portugal is up which helps us.


Lance Stephenson my new hero....

29 May 2014 - 09:42 AM

This made me faughp so hard.

 

http://www.nba.com/v...=iref:nbahpt13a


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