Hornets await NBA investigation into Taylor (Yahoo Sports)

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Jeffery Taylor #44 of the Charlotte Bobcats tries to get control of the ball against the Orlando Magic during the game at the Time Warner Cable Arena on December 11, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — General manager Rich Cho said the Charlotte Hornets are awaiting the outcome on an NBA investigation before deciding whether to reinstate forward Jeffery Taylor following his arrest on domestic assault charges.


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Hornets put Taylor on leave amid invesitgation

Charged in a domestic violence case, Jeffery Taylor won’t participate but will be paid.

      
 

 

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Hornets’ Taylor banned from team activities (Yahoo Sports)

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Jeffery Taylor #44 of the Charlotte Bobcats tries to get control of the ball against the Orlando Magic during the game at the Time Warner Cable Arena on December 11, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor will not participate in any team-related activities during an NBA investigation into his arrest on domestic assault charges, the team announced Friday.


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Hornets’ Jeff Taylor arrested on domestic assault charges

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor has been arrested in Michigan on domestic assault charges, according to East Lansing Police. The police department said in a release Thursday that the 25-year-old Taylor was charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. His bond was set at $5,000. East Lansing Police Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez declined to provide further details about the arrest when contacted by The Associated Press. According to the release, police officers responded to an incident at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place around 1 a.m. Thursday. The Hornets say they are aware of the incident involving the third-year forward and are gathering more information. A release from the team stated, “This is a matter that we take very seriously.” Taylor, who is from Sweden, was selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft after playing at Vanderbilt. The Hornets open training camp Tuesday in Asheville, …

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Hornets’ Taylor court date set for Oct. 8 (Yahoo Sports)

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor has a pre-trial court date on domestic assault charges set for Oct. 8 at East Lansing District Court in Michigan.

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Hornets forward charged with domestic assault

Incident occurred at East Lansing hotel; bond was set at $5,000.

      
 

 

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Cho: Hornets capable of deeper run in playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets’ goal this season is to make a deeper run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Hornets’ Taylor arrested for domestic assault (Yahoo Sports)

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Jeffery Taylor #44 of the Charlotte Bobcats tries to get control of the ball against the Orlando Magic during the game at the Time Warner Cable Arena on December 11, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor has been arrested in Michigan on domestic assault charges, according to East Lansing Police.


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Watchability: Jordan’s Hornets bring back buzz

The buzz is back in Charlotte, and not only because of the name change.

      
 

 

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Which Charlotte Hornets Player Has the Most Upside Right Now?

A huge reason why the Charlotte Bobcats went out with a bang was due to the emergence of Josh McRoberts as a multi-talented unique power forward. He improved so much that he went from hitting 58 threes over his first six seasons, to nailing 105 last year alone. McRoberts was also second in the entire NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio only to Chris Paul at 4.01 per game. He was the only player in the top 20 who was not a point guard.

Aside from the truly elite teams, the only way to succeed in this league is to have at least one player on the team make a leap. Whether he goes from bench warmer to role player, or star to superstar, striking gold where it wasn’t likely to be found is one of the biggest elements for success in this league.

Charlotte is bringing back the buzz with a bevy of young talent, but the man most capable of pushing this team to the next level in 2014-15 is the new acquisition Lance Stephenson.

Rookies P.J. Hairston and Noah Vonleh have tremendous upside, but their respective roles on this roster are murky at best for the time being. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller can be big X-factors, and while they both should make some big improvements, they will not shift the balance of power in the Eastern Conference quite like Stephenson will.

Hopefully Stephenson can put his rap career on hold for the time being, because Charlotte has invested heavily into him. He very well should blossom this year and be this team’s missing link.

With the Indiana Pacers last year, Stephenson’s usage rate was a mediocre 19.4. By comparison, Paul George‘s was 10th in the league at 28.3, and Gerald Henderson’s was 22.1 Imagine what Stephenson could do with a more featured role even after leading the league in triple-doubles this past year.

Without another wing player of that caliber to compete with, Stephenson will instead be heading into his age-24 season with a roster mostly devoid of playmakers from the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Stephenson gambled on himself by bolting Indiana, accepting a deal for three years with Charlotte that ideally will set him up for an even bigger deal at his age-27 season. Indiana loved to spread the ball around as a team, but Charlotte is not wired quite like that, which is what appealed to the enigmatic shooting guard as an opportunity to capitalize.

The biggest recent improvement in Stephenson’s game has been his jumper. He couldn’t throw it into the ocean for his first two seasons, but this past year he worked himself into a respectable 35 percent outside shooter. With the majority of Charlotte’s shooting gone after this offseason due to McRoberts, Anthony Tolliver and Chris Douglas-Roberts jumping ship, Stephenson will have more freedom to operate.

Stephenson improved markedly last year to the point where he was a borderline All-Star, but with a chip on his shoulder and a bigger role, the table is set for him to keep getting better. He is on a similar team that loves to hit the glass and play defense without aggressively pursuing steals, except now it is a certainty that he will be allowed to create more plays.

The big resource that Stephenson also has at his disposal cannot be overlooked. Of course, I am talking about Michael Jordan.

His Airness finally has a player on the roster whom he can relate to a little bit. Clearly him pummeling MKG in 1-on-1 has gotten the franchise nowhere. Jordan was on-hand during Stephenson’s signing of the free-agent contract, and the former Pacer spoke fondly of his new boss.

“He told me what he likes about me, he told me what I need to calm down on,” Stephenson told the Observer after the news conference. “He told me how I can contribute to the team. And he told me he believed in my talent. He likes my competitive edge.”

Learning when to hit the gas and when to pump the brakes is going to be critical in his development, but having guys like Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Steve Clifford and Al Jefferson around should make this a non-issue.

Charlotte has accumulated many strong prospects for the future, but it is difficult to imagine any of them reaching the ceiling that Stephenson presently has. The fit is perfect alongside a fellow slightly braggadocious Big Apple backcourt mate, along with an intense defensive coach and a premier center. It was only fitting that Charlotte would bring in a star who can ruffle a few feathers to help usher in the new era.

Fans should have little doubt about Stephenson’s ability to continue his improvement as a scorer, distributor and lockdown defender. The icing on the cake is the playoff experience and confidence that he brings. This is not a team that will be satisfied with being mediocre anymore. Stephenson is another big piece in the continued reinvention of this franchise’s makeup.

The buzz is most definitely back, and Stephenson will not have to blow into anyone’s ear this time to let it be known. Charlotte is ready to reach the next level with the help of its shiny new toy.

 

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