What does turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, lots of pie, and the fact that there was no Hornets game have in common? Well, yesterday I was thankful for all of those things. It was nice to have a day free of panic, one where my only dilemma was trying to decide if a fourth plate of food would physically kill me. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let's try to look past the Hornets recent losses and try to find something to be thankful for from the internet this week.
Thankful for the Hornets organization involvement in the community. The Hornets players and Michael Jordan partnered with Salisbury based Food Lion and Second Harvest Food Bank to provide thanksgiving day meals to 1,000 families.
#SeasonofGiving: Michael Jordan & @hornets provided Thanksgiving dinner for 1,000 Charlotte-area families. #NBACares pic.twitter.com/AlKPwIkh6K— NBA Cares (@nbacares) November 26, 2014
Thankful for the potential future return of Jeff Taylor. In the last week or so the NBA finally released the details of Jeff Taylor's suspension. A few days later, Taylor made a formal apology to the media and those there felt his statements were honest and his remorse genuine.
Thankful for the internet and hot takes. After the Hornet's seventh loss in a row, head coach Steve Clifford's press conference reached some depressing levels. Clifford spoke to the team's recent struggles and what it would take for the team to start winning. He also responded to questions about the fourth quarter benching of Lance Stephenson. In an attempt to explain why there might be a gap between expectations for Stephenson and his performance to date, Clifford put that blame back on the media. From day one, Clifford told anyone who would listen that Stephenson was not yet a star, but had to the talent to become one. The internet took quotes from that explanation and created headlines like, Steve Clifford: Stephenson is "not a star". Even ESPN picked up the story. Poor coach Clifford, sometimes being a straight shooter can come back to bite you.
Thankful for new Hornets gear. Although the Charlotte Checkers recently announced that due to the Hornets needing more availability that they would be moving from Time Warner Cable Arena to Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte's minor league hockey team will be sporting Charlotte Hornets themed jerseys Saturday, November 29th.
Thankful that the month of November will soon end. This has been an incredibly difficult month of basketball for the Hornets. How difficult the schedule really has been probably deserves its own article, but one thing is for sure. After the game Saturday in Atlanta the Hornets will have a full three days off before playing the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. That sort of break is exactly what Charlotte needs to hopefully recharge the batteries, have some actual practices, and get past a few of these injuries.