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Kamal’s Top League Pass Teams to Watch

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

I don’t know about you guys, but one of the first things I do when a new NBA season starts is to circle all my “League Pass Teams to Watch”.

I’ve been a NBA League Pass (or NBA Game Time) subscriber for quite a while now and follow it religiously, just being able to scour the league for those hidden gems or late night thrillers gets me amped!

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Mixed Bag

This article is my first take on nailing down a couple of completely random thoughts/suggestions about the upcoming 2014/15 NBA Season.

Not one thing you look at may make sense to you, and that’s perfectly fine because the assorted array of conclusions I’m about to write about are my own personal views.

Want to know why compiling these kinds of lists are so much fun?

To show you how much fun writing these lists can be, I’ve made a list to break it down.

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Hornets Nest

I spent a few days tossing ideas around and even had a couple of hundred words written before I decided to scrap what I was going and go down a different path.

So without further ado, here is my weekly feature.

Huge thanks to one of my favourite pot stirrers Dave Jefferess for the inspiration.

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What happens when you kick a Hornets nest?

One thing you can bank on is a whole bunch of pissed off Hornets coming out swarming and more than likely biting every square inch of your body.

Has anyone actually kicked the Hornets nest?

No, no they haven’t.

But are we all giving them a slight kick in the privates with every conversation that takes place about the Eastern Conference contenders and leaving them out?

I’ll put my two cents worth down right now; I don’t see them as a legitimate contender.

Does that mean that they aren’t worthy of being mentioned?

Of course not, they have earned that right.

After a heck of a run last season that saw them secure only their second playoff berth in the last 35 years, things are beginning to look up in Charlotte.

It’s even better now that they have shed themselves of, without doubt, the worst franchise name in NBA history and gone back to being the Hornets.

Seriously who thought that it was a good idea to name a team the Bobcats?

Let’s find that individual and lock them in a padded cell until they come to grips with what they did.

In last seasons playoffs no team wanted to come up against the formidable Eastern Conference powerhouse, Miami Heat.

The Bobcats – cringe every time I have to type that – fancied themselves against the Heat and surprisingly I was on their side. If it wasn’t for an unbelievably unlucky injury to Big Al, who knows what may have happened.

Side note, whenever I hear the nickname Big Al this is all that I can picture

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Let’s move past that.

Kemba Walker automatically get’s a mention in my list of favourite players, why? Click here.

Sorry, but I just watched that video for the 400 Millionth Time.

He was on another level during his time at UConn and it was near on impossible to not get caught up in the Kema whirlwind.

Add to the two aforementioned players the fact that they somehow managed to day light rob the Pacers of Lance Stephenson (I cannot figure out how this happened still).

When you think of those three players (two stellar ball handling guards + a dazzling low post big man) and the bevvy of young stars they have on their roster (Cody Zeller, MKG, Vonleh) the sky is the limit.

The big question posed by Dave though however was, how will they go?

Once LeBron left Miami we all knew that the Eastern Conference was about to become a more even spread, and sadly when Paul George went down with his horrific leg injury it became a very open race.

The Cavs then decided to nab Kevin Love and lets not forget that the Bulls may have assembled one of the best rosters they have had in previous years.

Charlotte last season finished with a very solid 43-39 regular season record and my tip is they will go around better come next season.

I’m not willing to go all out and say they will increase this number by a drastic amount but I can easily see them finishing with a more than respectable 47-35 record.

This in my eyes should land them within the range of 4th to 6th in the East.

The true beauty within this Hornets squad though is that I cannot see a drop off coming within the years to come. Not only will they become accustom to the taste of NBA Playoffs but they may even cause some drastic upsets during this time.

It’s going to be an incredible journey and one that has been a long time coming, now that it’s here don’t bet on the Hornets going away peacefully.

 

Once a hornet gets a taste of blood they will not want anything else.

@jLmcKern



Jordan Submits Name Change Application; Charlotte To Re-Emerge As The Hornets

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan has today announced that his struggling franchise will be returning to their old moniker the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014/15 season. Jordan advised the team has submitted the name change paperwork which will allow the team to become the Charlotte Hornets once again. This is an exciting prospect for long-time fans of the NBA who all have fond memories of the Charlotte Hornets through the late 80’s to early 2000’s, lead by such greats as Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues before the team migrated south to New Orleans in 2002.

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Season Previews Part 8

We’re getting closer! Within a week we’ll be seeing our favorite teams in full swing as the regular season begins. Here is the second last installment of our season previews featuring the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets.

Orlando Magic

How Will They Do?

Unfortunately, things don’t look great for this franchise in the depths of a rebuilding phase. They’ve lost their star, had an overhaul of coaches and staff and dedicated themselves to starting over with a clean slate. The past year has been tumultuous for Orlando and the Dwightmare caused many a headache for them. Many said that when it did come time to trade him, they made a mistake getting only Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, some draft picks and change in exchange for Howard and the offloading of a contract or two. Management have stood firm in their decision to move forward slowly, and rebuild this team from its grass roots and they have warned fans “this may be a difficult time, stick with us”. Guys like Jameer Nelson and Hedu Turkgolu now have the wight of a franchise on their shoulders with little help. The incoming of Arron Afflalo should help the Magic on the scoring end, but how well can Afflalo maintain efficiency without help? Will JJ Redick and Glen Davis contribute to a point where the team can win games? No. The Magic aren’t interested in winning anything this season. They know they’ll be horrible, and with that will likely come some very good draft picks. What they do want to do is remain tough. Play as a team and build chemistry. Considering the Magic’s strengths lie with their younger core, don’t be surprised if they deal away some of their veterans in order to clear even more room and have an even better shot building a strong team over the next few seasons. It’s a tough time to be a Magic fan, but rest assured the pain won’t last forever.

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Cleveland offer multiple picks for NOH #1

You have capital – so why not spend it? Thats exactly what Cleveland have done.

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2012 NBA Draft 1st Round Order

2012 NBA Draft 1st Round Order

Here’s the full draft order for the first round.

1. New Orleans

2. Charlotte

3. Washington

4. Cleveland

5. Sacramento

6. Portland (via Brooklyn)

7. Golden State

8. Toronto                                              

9. Detroit

10. New Orleans (via Minnesota)

11. Portland

12. Milwaukee

13. Phoenix

14. Houston

15. Philadelphia

16. Houston (via New York)

17. Dallas

18. Minnesota (via Utah)

19. Orlando

20. Denver

21. Boston

22. Boston (via L.A. Clippers)

23. Atlanta

24. Cleveland (via L.A. Lakers)

25. Memphis

26. Indiana

27. Miami

28. Oklahoma City

29. Chicago

30. Golden State via San Antonio