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Hornets announce 2017 pre-season schedule

Starting October 2nd, the Hornets will play three straight games on the road before returning home on the 11th.

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The regular season is over two months away, but we won’t have to wait as long to see the the Charlotte Hornets in action.

The team announced its five game, preseason schedule today. Things kick off October 2nd on the road against the Boston Celtics, with the preseason ending at home against the Dallas Mavericks on the 13th.

The bad news? The first three games are on the road, meaning fans won’t be able to see the team in person until October 11th against the Celtics (who they’ll play twice in preseason). And since TV access is limited during the preseason, it may be difficult for those outside of Charlotte to watch.

Here is the full schedule, tweeted out by the team:

Even though the results won’t matter, it will be our first chance of seeing rookie Malik Monk in a competitive setting. In a tweet earlier today, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Pete Guelli indicated Monk is healed from an ankle injury suffered in May. Barring any setbacks, Monk should be good to go in October.

Of course, there are reasons to watch the opposition as well:

  • October 2nd and 11th against Boston — a chance to see former Duke player Jayson Tatum and big free agent/should’ve been a Charlotte Hornets player Gordan Hayward.
  • October 4th at Detroit — A first glimpse of Luke Kennard, who also played for Duke; and given a few rumors, maybe Kyrie Irivng? (Doubtful, but hey, Neymar went to PSG, anything is possible).
  • October 9th at Miami — Kelly Olynyk plays for them now. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same team from a season ago.
  • October 13th at home against Dallas — This one is intriguing. Former NC State and North Carolina native Dennis Smith Jr. will be in town, along with Seth Curry, the younger son of Dell. If Smith continues to show off his ridiculous athleticism as he did in Las Vegas, this could be a fun one.

Anyways, share your thoughts on the schedule below.