Some Charlotte Hornets-related stuff has happened over the past several days that hasn’t made onto the blog front page. Time to fix that. Here’s what’s been going on:
The Hornets are allowing fans back into the Spectrum Center. Tickets are already on sale, so go grab some if you’re ready to get out there and see the Hornets in person. Just make sure you follow the guidelines to keep yourself and others safe. The Hornets will host 500 Novant Healthcare workers in the team’s first home game after the break, and the public will be allowed in every game afterwards.
Vernon Carey Jr., Nick Richards, Grant Riller, and Nate Darling are back with the Hornets. With the G League bubble complete and the rules limiting the amount of time two-way players can spend with the NBA team lifted, the Hornets now have their full complement of players back in Charlotte. None of them will probably play outside of garbage time, but they’re with the team now.
Michael Jordan thinks LaMelo Ball has exceeded expectations this season. Can’t say I disagree. More on this on Monday.
Speaking of LaMelo Ball, he was named to the Rising Stars game that won’t be played this season because of covid concerns. Ball would probably be a joy to watch in that setting, so it’s a shame we’ll miss it. There’s always next year. Maybe in the real All Star game?
This isn’t news necessarily, but just a reminder that the NBA trade deadline is March 25th. The Hornets are yet to make a deadline deal with Mitch Kupchak as the team’s general manager, but with a playoff berth in sight, that may change this season.