As the sun sets on a lengthy off-season, Charlotte Hornets fans have had a bitter pill to swallow, missing the playoffs and watching rival teams contend for basketball's ultimate honor. The anticipation following the summer's draft and free agency activities only heightened as September rolled around, with fans eagerly awaiting the commencement of a fresh season.
To ease the pangs of basketball hunger, the FIBA World Cup offered a temporary distraction. Still, this solace is ephemeral, especially with the Hornets' training camp beckoning and players gearing up for fierce contests over rotational minutes and coveted roster positions.
Hornets' Roster Expansion Strategy
In a strategic move, the Hornets capitalized on the NBA's newly instituted rule that enables teams to bring a whopping 21 players into their training camp. The roster recently saw the addition of four fresh talents, emphasizing the team's commitment to reinvention and dynamism.
Notably, Frank Ntilikina and JT Thor, who have non-guaranteed contracts, are expected to be under immense pressure, striving to cement their places for the upcoming season amidst a competitive field. Basketball aficionados are now posed with the burning question: When do the Hornets hit the court for training camp? According to annual NBA announcements detailing pivotal preseason events, veteran Hornets players are slated to reconvene with their squad as early as October 2.
The real action, the commencement of the training camp, is scheduled for October 3. While the preseason spectacle ignites with the Dallas Mavericks taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves in Abu Dhabi, the Hornets have been afforded a minor breather.
Their preseason journey begins on October 10, three days post the clash between titans - the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hornets have a challenging slate, commencing their matchups with the Miami Heat, followed by clashes with formidable opponents like the Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Boston Celtics.
Marking the calendar, the Hornets wrap up their preseason engagements on October 19, with the league-wide preseason concluding a day after. As the excitement reaches its zenith, the NBA's regular season is set to unfurl on October 24.
However, the Hornets will grace the court two days later, marking their season debut against the Atlanta Hawks on October 26. All eyes are set on the Charlotte Hornets, with fans and pundits alike eager to see how this season unfolds.