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July 22, 2014

Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller on U.S. Select squad that will scrimmage national team

Charlotte Hornets power forward Cody Zeller was selected to a 13-man squad that will scrimmage with the U.S. National Team later this month in Las Vegas.

            This “U.S. Select Team” gets young NBA players in the pipeline for later U.S. National Teams. Among others on the select squad: Former North Carolina player Harrison Barnes and former Duke big men Mason and Miles Plumlee.

            The select team will train with the national team, again coached by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center July 28-31. From there the national team will play several exhibition games leading up to the World Cup in Spain Aug. 30 through Sept. 14.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM | Permalink


This is great. Can't wait to see how Douchestar turns this into a negative. Another incredible super power of his. Will that amuse Iron Girl? Magic ball says all signs point to yes! Hey did you here the Hornets lost money last year? Hey did you hear they made money the year before? It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Douchstar!

Posted by: Hornet Matt | Jul 22, 2014 1:38:23 PM

What a joke!

Posted by: Rodriguez | Jul 22, 2014 1:51:12 PM

^^^Didn't take Douchestar long! Faster than a back door cut.

Posted by: Hornet Matt | Jul 22, 2014 1:58:05 PM

I haven't gotten anyone this wound up in quite a while now, bizarre yet kinda funny. You having trouble sleeping Hornet Matt?

"Hi, my name is Hornet Matt....and I'm a Boob." You got a Boobcat jersey with **Hornet Matt** on the back? LOL....

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 22, 2014 10:45:51 PM

Actually you have Iron Girl pretty wound up. But that is a little different isn't it Douchestar? That is a nice little "friendship" the two of you have struck up. Not that there is anything wrong with that. He probably found your above comments funny which tell you all you need to know. Cute the way you trade comments. Enjoy tonight!

Posted by: Hornet Matt | Jul 22, 2014 11:16:53 PM

Um....the other players selected were the Plumlees. Enough said. Clearly they need busted players for the national team to beat up on.

Zeller is a waste. Bad attitude and poor play. Thought he was too good for summer league. Someone tell me what the point of sending him out there was? Love his quotes where he basically says he's better than everyone. This guy is slightly less talented and coordinated than Serge Zwikker.

Cho must go!

Posted by: Fred | Jul 23, 2014 6:48:29 AM

^^^Douchestar. Able to disguise his comments to avoid further embarrassment. Add that to his list of super powers. Uses this power almost as much as his unique ability to turn on Iron Girl.

Posted by: Hornet Matt | Jul 23, 2014 7:13:26 AM

hahahahaha serge zwikker definitely had a 40 inch vertical. the plumlees are starters in this league.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 23, 2014 9:03:02 AM

LOL....if there's one thing even an insane nutjob like yourself should be cognizant of it's ol' NASTAR has no fear of posting exactly what he thinks ;) Son, you're driving yourself crazy, let it go.

Now, back on topic, if Zeller Dweller, a #4 pick whose own team has already half given up on is representative of "young NBA players in the pipeline for later U.S. National Teams" we are in real trouble on that front.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 23, 2014 9:04:13 AM


HEY BONNELL, why does the headline for that story dated 3/29/14 remain permanently linked/sticky in a prominent place on the front of the Boobcat webpage at the C.O.?

If you're leaving it up there as a jab, nice work ;)

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 23, 2014 9:15:42 AM

Zeller will be a 15 and 8 guy in this league. Plus, if we ever decided to go in that direction, we could probably get value in a trade from Indiana for him because he'd be a huge draw there. We're fine.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 23, 2014 9:15:46 AM

Indiana must be unique if players sitting on the bench are a "big draw" there...because that's exactly where Zeller Dweller would be. Heck, it's a tossup at best that he's ever the starter with the Boobs!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 23, 2014 9:48:18 AM

I like Zeller . He's versatile . But I would have thought he would have bulked up by now or gotten stronger . The front office must think the same thing . They drafted Vonleh and brought in Williams . Zeller cannot compete everyday as a starter unless he's stronger which is his biggest problem . Mj wants to win it now . He's not waiting on any development . He's changing out the starters one by one . Finnaly , he will see as Charlotean says , it's the two alleged stars that have to be switched out .

Posted by: Iron man | Jul 23, 2014 10:12:58 AM

Hard not to like what the Hornets have done this season....

"The Charlotte Hornets aren't messing around.

The additions of Brian Roberts and Marvin Williams helped bolster the team's depth at point guard and power forward, respectively, but the blockbuster signing of Lance Stephenson at three years and $27 million may wind up being one of the summer's biggest steals.

From a defensive standpoint alone, Stephenson will give the Hornets another elite stopper on the wing alongside Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, which is terrifying for opponents considering Charlotte finished No. 5 overall in defensive efficiency last season, per Basketball-Reference.com.

But offensively, Stephenson provides Steve Clifford's attack with another capable ball-handler and penetrator, one who led the NBA in triple-doubles last season.

The Hornets may still have trouble getting opposing defenses to honor their three-point shooting, but they've made enough progress this summer to be considered one of the Eastern Conference's most improved clubs."

Grade: A-

Posted by: Mike T. | Jul 23, 2014 10:59:40 AM

Zeller could start right now on some teams.

Hornets might not be one of them, but down the road, he'll likely either start here or in Indiana. Would Indiana win a championship with him starting? Maybe not, but Knicks didn't win anything last year with Carmelo and they signed him for big money anyway. You got to put fans in the seats, and Zeller would do that in Indiana just as Carmelo does it in NYC, though I'd rather he do it in Charlotte by helping us win games.

And I think in time he will. As for the other alleged stars on our roster, I think they can be very effective with our new additions, but the beauty of this Hornets team is that even if guys don't reach their potential they can be traded for value because there isn't one player on this team on a bloated long term contract.

That shows great progress on the side of management. We're going to be competitive for a long time. Now protect the hive.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 23, 2014 11:13:41 AM

"Zeller could start right now on some teams."

Which ones? NBA teams only please...

If Indiana schoolboy stars were such big ticket sellers the Pacers would have found a way to grab Steve Alford, never did. Ever heard of him?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 23, 2014 11:24:15 AM

zeller was a rookie last year and did better than most rookies.

andre drummond was 2nd team all rookie the year before and he's on the legit (albeit not olympic) national team this year. parsons was 2nd team all rookie. paul george, greg monroe, eric bledsoe, james harden, kevin love, marc gasol, thad young, etc. etc. etc.

we have the dumbest fans in the league who give up on guys during their rookie season. in a league dominated by 25-30 year olds.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 23, 2014 11:27:29 AM

It's a bird. its a plane. It's Douschestar. Can turn positives into negatives with a single keystroke. Able to post more consecutive negative comments than anyone in one day. Likes poetry, mojitos and a good laugh with Iron Girl.

And he would never ever post under another name. The paragon of virtue, integrity and objectivity. Also would never exclude or ignore information just because didn't support his troll like rants. Absolutely never ever.

Posted by: Hornet Matt | Jul 23, 2014 11:32:54 AM

"andre drummond was 2nd team all rookie the year before and he's on the legit (albeit not olympic) national team this year. parsons was 2nd team all rookie. paul george, greg monroe, eric bledsoe, james harden, kevin love, marc gasol, thad young, etc. etc. etc."

Problem is Zeller Dweller ain't none of them. Look, even Midget Management is concerned, they burned a draft pick on a guy that plays the same position. And if that weren't enough they signed a starter at the same position too!

Jeff, disavow yourself of the notion the Pacers are gonna bail us out on a wasted #4 pick....it just isn't gonna happen. Any ideas who might bail us out on a wasted #2 pick?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 23, 2014 11:38:55 AM

how on earth would you know if zeller is or isn't one of them? he's played 1 season.

they signed marvin williams to a 2 year deal and did so knowing that williams can play some 3, and played only 25 mpg last year. aka a bridge guy.

they also told vonleh he wasn't going to play this year. he's 18. he and zeller might be the starting front court 3 years from now. and that might be among the best front courts in the league. they drafted the best talent available. i think secretly they wanted stauskus. but you can't teach vonleh's size. there aren't many guys like stauskus that have become stars.....ray allen is the exception. there are a TON of guys like vonleh that have. and plenty like zeller that have also.

we just need to develop and keep guys for a change. i don't want to see 25 year old MKG suiting up for the lakers.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 23, 2014 11:57:09 AM

Zeller could start at power forward this year and improve a team's winning percentage on the Celtics, the Cavs (pre Love), the Wolves (post Love), the Lakers, the Rockets (perfect complement to Howard), OKC (you'll contest this but he'd create a much more dynamic starting lineup than Perkins or Collison or Mitch etc. while improving the bench in the process), and Phoenix.

Any of those teams would win more games with him than without.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 23, 2014 11:58:48 AM

it's the same thing as people talking about bennett like he's a bust.

he hasn't even hardly played yet. he came in behind because of shoulder surgery, he's all of 21 years old (now, 20 then), and played for theeeee dumbest coach in the league last year who played him a whopping 13 mpg as the number 1 pick. never in the history of ever has a team done that. although i'll argue that dude is better because of it.

chances are he's in minnesota this year and i think he might erase people's memories of kevin love and garnett both. especially if wiggins goes with him. rubio/wiggins/bennett is a trio you can build around. especially with dieng playing the 5. they make that deal and the vegas odds on a title in minnesota around 2019 go up significantly.

zeller is in a similar boat. playing mcroberts a ton last year probably netted us an extra 2 or 3 wins last year. maybe not. zeller is by far the better talent and just needs the experience. so get the man some experience already.

but you guys judging players off of 1 year is INSANE.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 23, 2014 12:39:24 PM

Douchestar. Able to turn the value of drafting a player like Vonleh that should not have been available into a negative. Thank god Smart or Exum didn't slip. But Iron Girl probably found it funny so the comment was worth it. Should make tonight more enjoyable for him with this "friend". But don't worry Douchestar has "no fear" saying exactly what he thinks as an anonymous poster on a newspaper blog. Another incredible attribute. Douchestar's super powers know no end. lmao.

Posted by: Hornet Matt | Jul 23, 2014 12:40:53 PM

"So get the man some experience already."

Coach Cliff says the starting spot is up for grabs and as we know Coach Cliff runs a merit based system so looks like another 2 years of bench warming for Zeller Dweller.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 23, 2014 2:09:56 PM

if clifford ran a "merit based" system, kemba would have played less, and biz and mkg would have played more. zeller, too.

he runs a seniority based system. he's stated as much. on multiple occasions he has stated that he prefers veterans.

starting job isn't up for grabs, marvin williams is starting. at least to start the season. he's the veteran.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 23, 2014 2:21:12 PM

"if clifford ran a "merit based" system, kemba would have played less, and biz and mkg would have played more. zeller, too."

You really believe Clifford plays a sub-optimal lineup just to scratch some sort of unseen itch to assuage veterans?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 23, 2014 3:22:54 PM

no. i think he has no idea he's playing a sub-optimal lineup/rotation. this is the guy that thought a temporarily inflated meaningless stat meant he needed to play jeff adrien a ton all of a sudden out of nowhere. only to see that meaningless stat level out.

we aren't talking about a brilliant man here.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 23, 2014 5:55:55 PM

"we aren't talking about a brilliant man here."

Bad hire?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 23, 2014 8:13:17 PM

i won't go that far. he's not mike brown dumb, he's not sam vincent dumb. he's basketball smart but iq dumb.

if you notice those elite coaches that you point to, they are all both. clifford has just been well trained of the van gundy ways.

i still say bad fire of dunlap, but that doesn't make hiring clifford afterward the wrong move of the options. they wanted hornacek first who would have been the man but jeff went elsewhere for obvious reasons.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 24, 2014 8:55:10 AM


Interesting to reread that, no mention of Vonleh anywhere.

On Looney Lance: "The question would be his...potential personality issues. He needs to better manage his emotions to be a better teammate."

Hey what's up with Punch Drunk Hairston? Are the Boobs waiting to see what comes out of his August 8th court date before offering him a contract?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 28, 2014 3:36:58 PM

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