Happy Friday everyone. The Hornets take on the Hawks tonight, but before tip-off, let's take a look at what was said about the Hornets this week.
First up, the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell asked Steve Clifford why Bismack Biyombo hasn't played this season. Clifford's response?
"In the preseason he just didn’t play very well," coach Steve Clifford said. "When he has the right energy level and thinking defense and rebounding, he has nights when he plays well. When he doesn’t do those things, the team doesn’t play as well when he’s out there."
Jason Maxiell has played in place of Biyombo, and while Maxiell has put in a a lot of effort this season defensively and rebounding the ball, many Charlotte fans still favor Biyombo over Maxiell.
The desire to see Biyombo play this season is understandable. Despite the lack of development he's shown since his rookie season, his positive attitude and work ethic make him impossible to root against. Clifford's decision to play Maxiell over Biyombo also makes sense however. Clifford has always favored playing those who give the team the best chance to win. It's why last year Jeff Adrien played over Biyombo when he was playing well, and why Lance Stephenson has found himself on the bench during the fourth quarter more than once this season. Clifford is going to go with the players that are in form, and it's likely Biyombo won't play until he's shown Clifford in practice that he's a better option than Maxiell.
Al Jefferson was interviewed by the NBA TV crew following the win against the Miami Heat Wednesday. The interview is fun, particularly when Isaiah Thomas applauds Jefferson for the work he put in this offseason working on his left hand.
There has been buzz about the Hornets on Twitter as well, with some of the NBA's more prominent writers tweeting good things about the team.
CBSSports.com's Matt Moore had positive things to say about the Hornet's offense following Wednesday's victory over Heat:
Hornets' offensive execution was night and freaking day from the first couple of games last night. Pick and pops, spacing, everything better— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 6, 2014
He also had nice things to say about Cody Zeller's jump shot:
Cody Zeller's mid-range game is giving the Hornets good things.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 6, 2014
Both tweets are 100 percent accurate, or should I say, The Hornets had much better spacing Wednesday, though they still have a ways to go. It's good to see Zeller receive some well-deserved recognition as well. He has been one of the best players off the bench, particularly in the last three games, and his jump shot is an effective part of his game this season.
Grantland's Zach Lowe, who is considered by many one of the best basketball writers covering the NBA, revealed his love for Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist in this tweet:
YES RT @HornetsPR: Injury status: @hornets Kidd-Gilchrist's status (rib contusion) for tomorrow vs Atlanta has been upgraded to probable.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 6, 2014
Obviously it is good news MKG's status has been upgraded, but the real story is that Lowe has jumped on the MKG bandwagon. That's fine, there is plenty of room for everyone.
Finally, shots were fired between team owner Michael Jordan, and the POTUS himself Barack Obama. During an appearance for Back9Network, Rashad asked Jordan who he'd love to play a round of golf with, and while Jordan initially included President Obama, he quickly back tracked:
"I've never played with Obama, but I would. But, nah, that's OK. I'll take him out. He’s a hack. Man, I’d be all day playing with him."
Jordan clarified that he wasn't questioning President Obama's ability as a politician, but rather his golf game, calling the president a, "sh**ty golfer."
President Obama would fire back:
"There is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am. Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case...He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats -- or maybe the Hornets. But that's a whole other issue."
The President plays a cold game. Most notably, he hit Jordan with the tea-sipping, "But that's none of my business" Kermit the Frog when bringing up the Hornets. Here's hoping this will start a season long back-and-forth between the two, ending with the Hornets laying a beat down on the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs.