Kupchak Doing Kupchak Things: Firing Coaches

New GM hire Mitch Kupchak has gotten off to a very aggressive start in the new job and good for Mitch doing Mitch things. Firing coaches is something he is particularly good at. Hiring bad coaches is his particular talent, coaches that don’t fit the personnel but who “interview well.” That was the reason behind…

The Kemba Walker Squeeze

The franchise player of the Charlotte Hornets has been made available for a trade.  All offers are being considered. It is the intersection of NBA business with NBA basketball. One is drowning the other. One is about to succumb and die. Kemba Walker is the only savior in the room. A friendly contract, a 27…

The Charlotte Truth: We Are What Our Record Says We Are

The 1996-97 Charlotte Hornets were 54-28. To date, it’s the best single-season record in franchise history. Unfortunately, it resulted in an unimpressive 4th place finish in the Central Division, a playoff 6-seed and ultimately, a first round sweep courtesy of the New York Knicks. The narrative is telling. Try as they might, the Hornets have…

Charlotte and History

If all goes as it has so far, the Charlotte Hornets will win the Southeast Division for the first time in their history. That is a historical achievement for a team that five years ago was a depressing 7-59. It was a lockout season so only 66 games were played in 2011-12 and in those…

Kemba and the Promised Land

New Faces: Roy Hibbert, Ramon Sessions, Brian Roberts, Marco Belinelli, Christian Wood, 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 48-34 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 4th: Defensive Rebounding. 5th: Free Throw Percentage. 8th: 3-Point Percentage, Defensive Raiting. 9th: Offensive Rating. Leading Scorer: Kemba Walker: 20.9 Leading Rebounder(s): Al Jefferson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams: 6.4 In response to their 28th ranked offense and missing out on…

One and Done for the Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets were one of the NBA’s biggest surprises last season.  After years of mediocrity, they finally put together a stellar campaign, finishing 48-34.  This earned them the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, and they acquitted themselves quite well in the playoffs taking the third seeded Heat all the way to seven games.…

Let’s Talk About Jeremy Lin

D’Angelo Russell has company. He is not alone in his Byron Scott angst. Before Russell had to deal with Bryon’s war games, Scott jerked Jeremy Lin around. But the Harvard educated, undrafted Lin didn’t have Russell’s innate arrogance/confidence to see him over the Byron waters.  Byron’s tyranny played with Lin’s mind and almost kept him…

Al Jefferson Suspended 5 Games

The NBA’s anti-drug policy snared it’s first victim of the 2015-16 season. Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was caught and has been suspended 5 games. Jefferson was recently diagnosed with a calf injury that is supposed to keep him sidelined for a few weeks. Upon his healthy return is when the suspension will take effect. Jefferson entered…

Big Al (Jefferson) Not So Big Anymore

Charlotte Hornets big man Al Jefferson took a page out of the Tim Duncan playbook but at a much younger age. Jefferson, a 30 year old seven footer who was drafted out of high school by the Celtics, shed 25 pounds mostly by giving up his favorite chicken snack, Popeyes. Jefferson’s continued craving for the…