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It's the eve of the NBA Draft, and it's still uncertain which direction the Charlotte Hornets are going in, as they hold the sixth pick in the draft. The latest rumors have them zeroed in on drafting Dalton Knecht, Reed Sheppard, or Stephon Castle, but there are rumors that Charlotte could look to trade up, or trade back to make their 2024 selection, to pair with LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller, and Mark Williams. 

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Believe it or not, draft week is here, and on Wednesday night, the Hornets will draft a player with the 6th pick in the NBA Draft, as they look to improve their roster, ahead of the 2024-25 season. As you can imagine, there are rumors flying from every direction, about what Charlotte is looking for, and willing to do in the draft, as they look to find a piece to add to their young core of LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller & Mark Williams. As we sit roughly 48 hours away from draft time, the Hornets appeared zeroed in on Dalton Knecht, Reed Sheppard, and Stephon Castle as their likely pick, but again, this is all evergreen, as the rumors continue to swirl. 

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The Panthers concluded mandatory minicamp last week, and they are now in the quietest part of the off-season before training camp opens next month. After going 2-15, it's fair to say that expectations aren't high for the Panthers entering the 2024 season, with progression being the most important thing for Bryce Young, as he enters his second season in the NFL. With that in mind, there are people that do think that Carolina can compete next season, after boosting the offensive line, and adding multiple weapons for Bryce Young to utilize in the passing game. 

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Believe it or not, we're closing in on the NBA Draft, and sooner after that, NBA free agency will take place. The Charlotte Hornets are looking to add to a talented young roster, as they hold the sixth pick in the draft, but it's unknown how aggressive new ownership will be in the open market. They have to make a decision on Miles Bridges and if they want to invest in him in the long term, as it's unknown if they can adequately replace his production in the draft. 

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In today's college athletics, there isn't much of an off-season for major sports like football and basketball, which makes for a busy spring on and off the field. For Charlotte, while they failed to make the NCAA Tournament, they've been busy trying to rebuild their roster for 2024-25. Biff Poggi completed his second spring, as Charlotte's head football coach, as he looks to guide the 49ers to their second-ever bowl appearance, and Charlotte softball made the NCAA Tournament, after winning the American Conference tournament, their first season in the conference. 

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When you don't have a baseball team, and your NBA team isn't playing deep into the postseason, the late spring, and early summer months can be lean for a sports radio host, or even a sports columnist. Except in Charlotte, where there always seems to be something worth writing, or talking about, going on. This week hasn't been any different, with the Panthers taking the field for the start of OTAs, the 65th running of the Coca-Cola 600 is this Sunday, and that's right, Hornets guard LaMelo Ball is in the news again, this time facing a lawsuit, after allegedly running over an 11 year old's foot. 

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Last week, the ACC held its annual spring meetings at Amelia Island, with both football and basketball entrenched in their respective off-seasons. There was a lot to talk about, considering that two schools, Clemson and Florida State are actively suing the league, as they are seeking an exit from the conference, which overshadows the league not getting the respect they want on the playing field, after FSU was left out of the College Football Playoff, and schools like Wake Forest and Pittsburgh were left out of the NCAA Tournament. 

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When Mike Hill left Florida for Charlotte, he was motivated to build one of the top athletic departments at the Group of 5 level, and after a long wait, combined with a lot of hard work, it appears his vision is coming to fruition. The men's basketball team finished third in the American this past season, they just hired an accomplished coach to guide the women's program, and after an uneven first season of the Biff Poggi era on the football field, Charlotte could contend for a bowl game in 2024. The icing on the cake happened over the weekend, as Charlotte's softball team won the American Conference tournament, clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament. 

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After a long coaching search, the Charlotte Hornets announced this morning they are hiring Boston Celtics assistant, Charles Lee, as their next head coach. Lee will take over the role once the Celtics' season comes to an end, which could be in the middle of June. Lee, who has 10 years of NBA experience, is now tasked with turning Charlotte back into a winner, something that wasn't possible the last couple of seasons due to a number of injuries. 

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As the second round of the NBA Playoffs gets underway, the other teams in the NBA are in off-season mode, including the Charlotte Hornets, after injuries took away any chance of the team competing for a spot in the Play-In tournament. When Steve Clifford announced he was stepping down at the end of the season, it brought into focus the main objective for the 2024 off-season, finding a coach that turn the franchise not only back into a winner, but a contender in the Eastern Conference. With over a month's worth of work into the search, the Hornets are finding out that even with LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller on the roster, the job isn't as desired as it should be, given the young talent that's already established itself at the NBA level.