Monday’s Must Reads: Hornets New Draft Picks, NBA Free Agency and World Cup Craziness
On the eve of NBA Free Agency, the Charlotte Hornets will be entering a very pivotal off season. While the overwhelming sentiment is that the Hornets nailed the Draft, that was only the first step in in their pursuit of building a roster equipped for sustained success. In order to understand what it may require to improve upon last year’s playoff run, it’s imperative to consider the team’s salary cap and what funds are available to Rich Cho and company. Chris Bernucca of Sheridan Hoops presents a detailed outline of what all of that includes. Read his piece Here.
The Queen City is still buzzing from the Hornets’ Draft from last Thursday. the expectations are high and the excitement level surrounding this team is palpable. Noah Vonleh was selected with the 9th overall pick, and after a trade with the Miami Heat, the Hornets took P.J. Hairston with the 26th overall selection. If you haven’t read Rick Bonnell’s piece on the Hornets’ most recent rookie additions yet, you need to.
Lastly, it was a wild weekend in the 2014 World Cup, as the “knockout” stage kicked off. From the Chileans putting host country, Brazil, on the verge of elimination, to Coasta Rica’s Herculean effort playing a man down down versus a heavily favored favored Greek side, this weekend had it all. In case you missed any of it, Sam Laird wraps it all up nicely for you in his World Cup Weekend Recap.