TGIF, as they say. Another week has come to an end.
Grab a beer (or coffee!), and check out this week's best Charlotte Hornets links from around the web. We've got some interesting stuff this week.
First up, the NBPA is going to review a rule that prohibits player agents from representing coaches and other team staff. David Falk, one of the longest tenured agents representing players, said that he wants to represent Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan – but he can't. This is an interesting article, although you may need to subscribe to read it.
Next, a pair of Air Jordan I's that Jordan wore during his rookie season were sold at auction...for $71,533. I'm not sure why, but I expected a bit more. Still, you could buy a house in most states at that price.
Lance Stephenson has a mural in his home that says "Born Ready" in all caps. But that's not all. Lance Stephenson also has an actual painting of Lance Stephenson. While the image is difficult to make out, there's no doubt that Stephenson does in fact own a painting of himself. I'd love to see a clearer picture of it.
It looks like Charlotte might get the 2017 All-Star Game. Good news, right? Well, not necessarily. The Hornets are one of many teams that have what is known as a "state of the art" clause in their contract with the city the team is located in. What does that mean, exactly? It means the already-cash-strapped municipality of Charlotte is responsible for paying for arena upgrades and investments in the team. So what, you say? The city is currently paying for $41.2 million in upgrades...for an eight-year-old arena.
And finally, and perhaps most importantly, Curtis Polk (vice chair of the Hornets), gave an interview to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. It's a fantastic read. Not often you get to hear from a person that high up in an organization. He brings up an interesting point: The Hornets need a third weapon. Some games they broke into the 100-point range without issue. Others, they'd be in the 60's.
And that's it for this week. Did you guys read anything interesting?