As the month of February says its farewells, the Hornets head into March fully focused. Although yesterday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks was far from pretty, the Hornets finished February with seven wins in 10 tries. They'll need their home crowd for the month of March because over the next 12 games, 10 of them are at home. After finishing their recent road-trip with four wins and two losses, the Hornets sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with very little margin for error in front of them and behind them. To get your mind off of the standings, here are the links of the week. Enjoy.
Our first link revolves around the unveiling of the Hornets' new scoreboard and its unique design. As reported by the Charlotte Observer, the new scoreboard is scheduled to be ready for the start of next season, and its timing couldn't be better because as you all know, the Queen City is hosting the 2017 NBA All-Star weekend. Pete Guellie, the Hornets' executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, says not only will its 1080p-level high-definition resolution be the first for an NBA arena, but that the scoreboard's design will really separates itself from the rest of the league. As the picture shows below, the scoreboard will have four high-resolution screens and two underbelly screens to ensure every fan can see from every angle. Also, the hive belly-design is quite unique.
Your second link of the week also comes from the Charlotte Observer and it discusses Cody Zeller's return to his home state of Indiana. On Thursday before Friday's game with the Indiana Pacers, the Hornets practiced at legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse, which is where the famous movie "Hoosiers" was filmed back in 1976. As explained in Rick Bonnell's article, it was the first time for many players on the team to play at Hinkle Fieldhouse, but not for Cody Zeller. Zeller says he used to tag along on his older brothers' recruiting trips and remembers fondly when he played H-O-R-S-E with former Butler University head coach and now current-Boston Celtics head coach, Brad Stevens. While Cody ended up committing to Indiana University, the article states that he was the closest of his three brothers to play for Stevens and the Bulldogs.
While you are at it, definitely check out Fox46's video featuring our very own Hugo Awards from Hive Talk Live's Doug Branson and David Walker. They gave out Hugo Awards to 'Best Actor', 'Best Supporting Actor', 'Best Director', and 'Best Screamplay' to the Hornets players most deserving these awards. This video gives you a recap of the Hornets' best players and moments up to this point of the season. After all, who needs an Oscar when you can get a Hugo?
Also, if you still don't have a grasp on Charlotte's newest acquisition, Courtney Lee, check out Hornets' newest episode of Inside the Hive. This episode, which was released last Wednesday, gives an inside look to Lee's transition from Memphis to Charlotte, and how he looks forward to growing in Steve Clifford's system. Lee also reminisces about his days with Clifford in Orlando, and how badly he wants to get back to the playoffs.
Lastly, here's Sam Perley's article from hornets.com on Jorge Gutierrez making the most out of his 10-day contract. It's not easy to impress in just 10 days, but Jorge Gutierrez has been down this road before and knows what it's all about. This article gives an in-depth look on the former Pac-12 player of the year, and where his mindset is during his stay in Charlotte. Gutierrez who has played in the NBA D-League during this season, has previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets, and hopes to play with the Mexican national team in their Olympic qualifier this summer. Gutierrez's 10-day contract is nearly over and it remains to be seen whether or not the Hornets decide to sign him to another 10-day.