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Top five Charlotte Hornets links of the week (Apr. 24)

We've aggregated the best Hornets links of the week. Check'em out!

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Thank goodness it's Friday, right?

You know the drill: We've collected the best links from around the web about the Charlotte Hornets for your viewing pleasure. Pop open your lunch box, unwrap that turkey sandwich and take a look at what the internet's saying about the Hornets.

First up, Sean Deveney of Sporting News put together a wonderful feature that outlines what the Hornets have in terms of assets and what they need to accomplish this summer. Spoiler: It's a lot of waiting. Contracts prohibit the Hornets from doing much and the goal, says Deveney, is to be patient.

Cody Zeller underwent surgery on Wednesday, the Hornets said. Everything went well, and the recovery period is expected to be about three months. That gives Zeller two months before the regular season to work on his shooting stroke and a variety of other basketball-related activities. Remember, Steve Clifford wants him to start shooting 3-pointers.

The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell wrote a bit about Scott Lauer's departure from WFNZ AM 610. It came out of nowhere to say the least, and just one day after the news came out, we discovered that Steve Martin would be taking Lauer's spot. Some detective work by our own Sneedle Vision might have given us some insight into why. Check out this tweet:

Sounds like SportSouth may have wanted to replace Martin, and the Hornets may have cut ties with Lauer to give Martin a spot with the team. This is all speculation, but hey, it makes sense.

Cody Zeller took a shirtless photo with a protective sling on. has started releasing their report cards for the Hornets' players. They started with Kemba Walker. It's fairly long and a very well-rounded piece. I look forward to the rest of their report cards. We'll start releasing ours in the coming days.

And finally, LeBron James' son reportedly said his father was not better than Michael Jordan. The best part? Rachel Nichols asked him about.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.