September is the slowest, most grueling month for the NBA fan. October (and the start of training camp) is edging closer, but news circulates worse in September than the air conditioning of my old '01 Ford Taurus did, during the summer of 2008, when the air ducts were full of confetti. (Ed note - do we even want to know why?) The important bits of Hornets news, from the less Al-centric offense, to the recent training camp signings, have already been covered, which means this week's edition (and maybe the first of the 2015-16 season) of Buzz Around the Web is about socks.
The NBA is introducing custom socks for all 30 NBA teams this season, which will be worn during various games.
The Hornets' editions look great, and according to Bonnell, will be available for purchase in October (another reason why September is the worst). It's a little surprising the NBA didn't come out with custom socks sooner, considering how many styles of athletic socks are available these days. Nonetheless, official Hornets NBA socks are coming, and soon.
Socks aren't on the mind of Nicolas Batum however, who will likely find himself in Charlotte soon as he and his native French national team were just eliminated from Eurobasket 2015 after Pau Gasol dropped 40 points on them in the tournament semi-finals. We didn't cover Batum's performance in Eurobasket this summer, but now that the tournament is over for him, we can look over how he did.
The numbers weren't great. In eight games, playing close to 24 minutes per, Batum averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists, shooting 35.5 percent from the field, and (brace yourself) 18.8 percent from the 3-point line. These shooting numbers are a little reminiscent of a player who shall remain nameless, but I can't be too concerned. There's only so much you can gauge from tournaments like this, especially when Jan Vesely is the third leading scorer in the tournament at 18.8 points a game. It would have been great if Batum killed it statistically, but all that matters is that he comes in the training camp healthy, and fit.
Moving on, and saving the best for last, the Hornets, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Jeremy Lin put out a hilarious follow up to the story that Lin wasn't initially allowed into Time Warner Cable Arena because security didn't recognize him. Keeping up with last season's MKG Security campaign to get him on the All-Defensive Team (which by the way NBA media, you dropped the ball on), MKG tweeted this Thursday:
I love this so much. The whole story was a bit blown out of proportion from the start (again, thank September), so it's fun to see these two making light of it.