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Charlotte Hornets 2017 Media Day roundup

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The Charlotte Hornets start training camp tomorrow, but kicked the week off with the annual media day. With a chance to talk with coaches and players before the season, it’s typically a more lighthearted event. Whether you followed along or are catching up, here are a few highlights from the day (and a special thanks to those who attended and covered media day today).

Steve Clifford presser

Clifford spoke with the media, providing updates on players and what he expects in the upcoming season.

He spoke highly of the work Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lamb, and Cody Zeller put in this summer.

Along the same lines, he says Nicolas Batum enters training camp in the best shape of his life (pics or it didn’t happen, Cliff):

Batum opted not to play with the French National team for the first time in his career, and instead spent more time in Charlotte preparing for the upcoming season. We often hear about players coming into camp in great shape, and it doesn’t always translate to better results on the court. Given Batum’s role, its encouraging that he committed himself this summer to improve his physical shape.

It’s also encouraging to see Lamb and Kaminsky singled out for their offseason work as well (same for Cody, but we expected nothing less, right?). Both have big seasons ahead of them.

Injuries already an issue

It isn’t all good news, however. Michael Carter-Williams still hasn’t been cleared for contact drills, and it sounds as if he won’t be able to participate for a while:

To make matters worse, Julyan Stone has a groin injury, meaning the team has one healthy point guard (Kemba Walker) entering training camp, who, by the way, spent the summer recovering from knee surgery. Marcus Paige, who signed a two-way contract with the team, is participating in camp, and judging from this injury news, could be called up to start the season. According to Stone, however, the injury isn’t serious.

The team could also look to rookie Malik Monk, but his fitness is far behind, according to Clifford:

Injury setbacks aside, Clifford believes they have a playoff roster. They key, says Clifford, will be returning to a team that is in the top five defensively, and top ten offensively.

Other highlights

  • Kaminsky opened up about the difficulties recovering from chest surgery two seasons ago. It sounds as if it affected his development.
  • Finally, a few players and coaches were asked about the recent comments made by president Donald Trump. Here’s what Walker, Howard, and coach Clifford had to say: