The Charlotte Hornets have today announced the return of their classic purple pinstriped uniforms, which will be worn in select games during the 2019-20 season. After all, Hornets fans deserve something to be excited about as their team is destined for another dreadful year.
Just like the Hornets' white and teal uniforms from the last two seasons, the latest Classic Edition uni mimics the design of the '90s classic, worn by the likes of Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues and Alonzo Mourning. According to today's press release, the 2019-20 season will mark the 25th anniversary of when the purple uniforms were first introduced.
Check out the uniform specs in the photo embedded below.
The Hornets are scheduled to wear the purple Classic Edition uniforms for five home games this season including: Saturday, November 9, against the New Orleans Pelicans; Friday, December 27, against the Oklahoma City Thunder; Saturday, February 22, against the Brooklyn Nets; Saturday, March 7, against the Houston Rockets; and Saturday, March 28, against the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to NBA.com, fans will be able to purchase the jersey shortly after the 2019-20 season kicks off in late October.
Terry Rozier Expresses Frustration With Celtics And How They Handled Him
Rozier recently signed with the Charlotte Hornets.
Terry Rozier let his feelings be known at the end of the season when it came to the Boston Celtics and everything that went down this season. Rozier was the backup point guard behind Kyrie Irving and it was clear that there were some chemistry issues. Ever since his public comments, Rozier moved on and signed with the Charlotte Hornets, where he is expected to become the starting point guard. In a new interview with Jonathan Abrams of Bleacher Report, Rozier spoke about why he was frustrated in Boston and how he wishes things had gone down differently.
“Not liking how me being positioned and me being used as a person, player and I just feel like things could have been done better, could’ve been handled better on Boston’s end and on my end,” Rozier said. “I feel like things could’ve been a lot better, and it wasn’t.”
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The point guard also got to talk about being the number one guy during the team’s playoff run in 2018, when they were one win away from making it to the Finals. As Rozier explained, being able to lead like that was a moment he persevered for.
“Didn’t try to get too high, then let the stuff get to me,” Rozier said. “Didn’t try to get too low, when things weren’t going my way. Just try to stay right there in the moment, and it worked out for me. Then a lot of people that wasn’t on the Terry Rozier train, talking all that B.S., hop on. That’s just how I go.”
It will be interesting to see how Hozier handles the starting duties in Charlotte as the team looks to rebuild after the departure of Kemba Walker.
Kemba Walker Details How He Felt Leaving Hornets After Lowball Offer
Walker felt weird moving on from the only team he’s ever known.
After eight full seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, point guard Kemba Walker decided to walk away from the team and joined the Boston Celtics on a four-year, $140 million deal. Walker was up for a supermax deal of up to 5 years at $220 million, although in the end, the Hornets didn’t even come close to that offer. Instead, they offered Walker five years, $160 million which wasn’t nearly enough to keep him with the franchise. The Hornets will be going into full rebuild mode because of this loss, while Walker goes to a playoff contender in the Celtics. Despite the upgrade in team, Walker explained how hard it was to leave in an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic.
“Tough days, f–king tough days, I can’t even lie,” Walker said. “Excuse my language. It was difficult. I couldn’t see myself just being on another team. It was just hard. That’s all I’ve known was Charlotte. Definitely some tough times. I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to get the offer that I wanted, and maybe not close to it, because of cap space.”
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Walker also got to speak about his predecessor in Boston, Kyrie Irving, and whether or not he feels any pressure to perform up to standards of a player like Kyrie. As you would expect, Walker is more focused on being his own player.
“I’m not trying to go in and think that I have to be better than Kyrie last year,” Walker explained. “It happens. Great players go to teams all the time and it just doesn’t work. It just didn’t work for him. Kyrie is one of the best players we have in this world. It was just unfortunate, an unfortunate season.”
Only time will tell whether or not Walker can lead the Celtics to a deep playoff run or if they will be destined for a first or second round exit.
Kyle Kuzma Hilariously Roasts Miles Bridges Over NBA 2K20 Photo
Bridges was just minding his own business.
Kyle Kuzma has been known to have some fun at the expense of some of his peers throughout the NBA so it's no surprise that he would be throwing some shots around on Twitter from time to time. His most recent shot was thrown at Charlotte Hornets player Miles Bridges who posted his NBA 2K20 rating on social media. Bridges was rated a modest 76 but seemed to be proud of it regardless. At the end of the day, he's in the NBA so who really cares what a video game has to say about him. In the post, he also explained how he wants to raise his rating to over 80 throughout the season.
Kuzma caught win of the tweet and instead of encouraging him or giving just a tiny bit of support, the young Lakers star said "You look like you about to fart." This comment was, of course, based off of Bridges character model in the game which appeared to be grimacing a bit.
Bridges was quick to respond and overall, it was a pretty funny exchange. It's clear these two are friends and don't really mean anything behind all of it. Many of these guys play as themselves in the game so they can be quite competitive about their ratings.
For all of the Bridges fans out there was his rating too low or too high. Sound off in the comments.
Celtics Are Now The Frontrunner To Sign Kemba Walker: Report
Walker is eligible for a supermax with the Charlotte Hornets.
Kemba Walker is one of the biggest free agents on the market this Summer and while he isn't in the same stratosphere as Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard, there are plenty of teams who could use his talents. One of those teams is the Boston Celtics, who are about to lose Kyrie Irving in free agency. It's been rumored for a while now that they have been looking at signing Walker and according to this latest Woj bomb from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, it could very well become a reality.
"The Boston Celtics have emerged as the frontrunner to sign Charlotte All-Star guard Kemba Walker once free agency opens Sunday at 6 PM ET, league sources tell ESPN," Wojnarowski tweeted.
Walker is eligible to sign a supermax deal with the Charlotte Hornets worth $220 million over 5 years. If he were to sign with Boston, he would only be able to yield a four-year contract, although playing for a franchise like the Celtics would probably be a huge factor in his decision.
Free agency officially begins on Sunday, June 30th at 6 P.M. EST so that's when players will start meeting with teams. Things can change between now and then so stay tuned for all of the updates regarding the free agent period.
Celtics Reportedly Emerge As "Stealth Suitor" For Kemba Walker
Add Boston to the list of the potential suitors for Charlotte's Kemba Walker.
The Boston Celtics figure to look a whole lot different when they take the court in the 2019-20 season, as both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are expected to sign elsewhere as free agents this summer.
While much of the talk coming out of Boston is in regards to who's leaving, the New York Times' Marc Stein says the Celtics have emerged as a "stealth suitor" for free agent point guard Kemba Walker. Not so "stealth" anymore, however.
"The Celtics, I'm told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker."
"Boston's cap-room situation is a fluid one but the Celtics, as Danny Ainge has acknowledged, are weighing their various needs as we speak in both the backcourt (with Kyrie Irving -- and possibly Terry Rozier -- leaving) and frontcourt (with Al Horford exiting)."
While the Celtics, and several other teams around the league, are certainly interested in signing Walker, the Charlotte Hornets have the upper in hand in that they can offer the All Star guard a five-year supermax contract worth roughly $221 million. Walker has even said that he'd be willing to take less money to stay in Charlotte if it'll help the team bring in more talent.
Walker, 29, has been with the Hornets franchise since being selected ninth overall out of UConn in 2011. He averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game last season to go along with 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds.
Kemba Walker Says He’d Take Less Than Supermax Money To Stay With Hornets
"Sure why not. I would take less.”
The Charlotte Hornets will have the upper hand when it comes to signing soon-to-be free agent point guard Kemba Walker this summer, thanks to him being voted to the All-NBA Third Team. As a result of the All-NBA nod, Walker is eligible for a five-year supermax contract worth roughly $221 million if he stays in Charlotte, compared to the four-year $181 million deal that other teams can offer.
Although, it appears that Walker is willing to sign for less than the super max if it'll help the Hornets bring in other talented players. According to Nick Carboni of NBC Charlotte, Walker says, “Yeah I would take less. Sure why not. I would take less.”
Walker has said in the past that staying with the Charlotte Hornets is his first priority, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Throughout the year, Michael Jordan has reportedly turned down trade offers and expressed a strong desire to do whatever it takes to keep Kemba in town.
Even though the two sides appear committed to inking a long-term extension this summer, multiple teams around the league are still expected to pursue the three-time All Star. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are among the teams expected to make a run at Walker when free agency officially opens on the night of June 30.
Walker, who has been with the franchise since being selected ninth overall out of UConn in 2011, averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game last season to go along with 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds.
Kemba Walker Generating Interest From Knicks & Lakers: Report
Walker is going to be a hot commodity this summer.
Kemba Walker will be eligible for a five-year supermax contract worth $221.3 million this summer. Walker has stated in the past that his heart is with the Charlotte Hornets and that his priority in the offseason would be to resign with the team he has spent his career with. While Hornets fans will be happy to hear about his allegiance to the team, it should come as a surprise to no one that there are plenty of teams throughout the league who are looking at pursuing Walker in free agency.
During an ESPN Mock Draft special on Tuesday night, basketball insider Adrian Wojnarowski spoke about the free agent period and which teams are interested in Walker. There are some pretty high profile teams on the list including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and the Dallas Mavericks.
Walker can only sign the supermax deal with Charlotte as other teams can only give him a maximum of four years at $140.6 million. Should the Hornets give him the full supermax, it would come as a shock if he didn't sign it on the spot.
The Hornets star is one of many huge stars on the free agent market this Summer. Should he decide to relocate, he will surely help in reshaping the NBA for next season.
Tony Parker Announces Retirement After 18 NBA Seasons: Twitter Reacts
"If I can't be Tony Parker anymore... I don't want to play basketball anymore."
Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced his retirement from the NBA after an illustrious career that spanned 18 seasons.
Parker, 37, entered the league in 2001 as the 28th overall selection by the San Antonio Spurs and spent his first 17 seasons with the team, before signing with the Charlotte Hornets last season. His next stop will be The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Speaking with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Parker explains:
"I'm going to retire. I decided that I'm not going to play basketball anymore ... A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision," Parker continued. "But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can't be Tony Parker anymore and I can't play for a championship, I don't want to play basketball anymore."
"Last season was very different for me," Parker said. "I had a great time in Charlotte. This is very different for me after 17 years with the Spurs. And so I knew that the time changed, and I was being very nostalgic.
"And being away from the family back in San Antonio, too, that played a little bit of a role [in retiring], and so I came to a conclusion that it was just time to move on. I have a lot of great stuff in my life. A beautiful family. Beautiful kids. And so I wanted to spend more time with them ... and I wanted to play 20 seasons and I still think I can play. I had a good season with the Hornets, and I was healthy. But at the same time, now I don't see any reason to play 20 seasons."
For his career, the six-time All Stars boasts averages of 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. He ranks as the Spurs all-time leader in assists, and top five in franchise history in games played, points, and steals.
Basketball fans abound are celebrating Parker's 18-year NBA career on social media today, in the wake of his announcement. Check out some of the reactions below.
Kemba Walker Talks NBA Free Agency: "Charlotte’s Definitely My First Priority"
The Hornets need a miracle if they’re to re-sign Kemba Walker under his market value.
Beyond the Kevin Durant‘s and Kawhi Leonard’s, there isn’t much separating Kemba Walker from the rest of the free agent class in 2019. In fact, outside of Kyrie Irving and the two I just mentioned, Walker might just be the most sought-after commodity on the open market. He’s adamantly stated within the past few months, that he feels no obligation to re-sign with the Hornets. Kemba is in the prime years of a respectable NBA career, and yes: he’d like the chance to suit up as the co-lead or second option on a real contender.
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“I want to win; I want to win,” Walker told the Charlotte Observer in the month of April. “That’s something that I’m going to have to really sit down and think about with my family, with my agent, with the people closest to me in my life that will help me make that decision.”
And yet, Kemba’s sentimental side always comes into focus when the local media is present. As per Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Kemba was recently quoted as saying, “Charlotte’s definitely my first priority, that’s where I’ve been for eight years and that’s all I know.” It seems as though, Kemba Walker cherishes the opportunity to be a loyal character in the current age. “Not many people get a chance to play for one NBA team throughout their career,” he explained to Weiss.
Evidently, there are a great number of NBA franchises that would love to make his acquisition, most of which can afford to pay him well over the “small market” wages that are likely to come up in preliminary discussion with the Hornets. We’ll have to see whether or not Kemba buckles under pressure. One thing’s for certain: he’ll be getting a raise on the below standard $12 million he earned last term.