Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hornets Extra: Jefferson named to All-NBA third team; Hugo makes his triumphant return tomorrow

Earlier today, the NBA announced its 2013-14 All-NBA team, and among the recipients for the honor, Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was on the list, making the All-NBA third team.  Jefferson received a total of 191 points, including four first-place votes by the media that covers the NBA on a daily basis.  The honor is the first for Jefferson, who averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds for the then-Bobcats this past season, helping them to a 43-38 mark this season and to the playoffs.  He finished the season being ranked eighth in the NBA in rebounding, 11th in scoring, 23rd in field goal percentage(.509), 29th in blocks(1.1), and was tied for 30th in minutes played with 35.0

Jefferson recorded 29 games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, which is the second-best single-season total in the history of Charlotte NBA basketball since Larry Johnson recorded 32 games in the 1992-93 season for the original Charlotte Hornets franchise, with a career-best seven consecutive games from April 2nd-14th, tying "Grandmama" for the longest streak in Charlotte NBA history.

He becomes only the fifth player to be named to the All-NBA team in franchise history(dating back to the original Hornets first season in 1988-89), joining Larry Johnson(1992-93, All-NBA second team), Glen Rice(1996-97 All-NBA second team and 1997-98 All-NBA Third team), Anthony Mason(1996-97 Third Team), and Eddie Jones(1999-2000 Third Team).  Jefferson was thrilled to receive the honor, and when he came here, he wanted to turn the franchise into a contender this past season, and he delivered on his promise. "When I signed here, I had a feeling that we had a chance to do something special - and we did." Jefferson quoted.  "Looking back, we've come a long way."

Hugo the Hornet makes his long awaited return to Charlotte tomorrow

After 12 years, one of the most popular and beloved mascots in all of sports, and in NBA history, will finally make his long awaited return back home starting bright and early tomorrow morning.  Hugo the Hornet will officially be reborn at 7:30 a.m. atop the roof Time Warner Cable Arena, a.k.a. "The Hive", to begin a busy day of appearances to mark his return to "Buzz City", and to greet Hornets fans throughout the city as a way to welcome him back home to Charlotte. His appearances will include the following:

  • 7:30 a.m. - On top of the Time Warner Cable Arena roof
  • 9:00 a.m. - Lynx Blue Line(from Bland Street to Carson Boulevard)
  • 9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. - Lowe's at 217 Iverson Way in South End
  • 10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - Charlotte Fire Department station 1(221 North Myers Street)
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. - Hornets Social Tweet-up(The corner of Trade and Tryon Streets in Center City)
  • 1:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - CMPD Eastway Division(3505 Central Avenue)
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Rama Road Elementary(1035 Rama Road)
  • 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital(200 Hawthorne Lane)
  • 6:30 p.m. - Hornets Open House at Time Warner Cable Arena

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