Buzzworthy is a daily roundup of news and notes about the Charlotte Hornets.
The Charlotte Hornets take on the Golden State Warriors tonight at 8:00 p.m. The game is on ESPN, and already there are a few story lines to follow:
Clifford out for “immediate future”
Head coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for the “immediate future,” the team announced Wednesday morning. Clifford came down with an undisclosed illness earlier this week and missed Monday’s game. While no details were put forth, his condition clearly hasn’t improved.
UPDATE: Head Coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for the immediate future to address his health.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 6, 2017
Coaching is an incredibly stressful job, and can wear on even the healthiest. Whatever is wrong, hopefully Clifford’s condition improves sooner than later so he can return.
The other big story tonight is that the Warriors will be without Stephen Curry, who sprained his ankle in Monday’s game. Thankfully, x-rays were negative, and the team will re-evaluate the ankle in a couple of weeks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
On one hand, this is a bummer to the fans who bought tickets to see Curry play (and, of course, the Hornets). Curry is always a big draw since he is a Charlotte native, and he only makes one trip back home a season. The silver lining is that it gives Charlotte a fleeting chance to win? (and I say that as a question because I’m not certain it does). Golden State remains the favorite, but hopefully Charlotte can take advantage of Curry’s absence and make it a competitive game.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gives back
Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helped out children in need earlier this week. Along with the Partners for Parks after school program, MKG gave out $100 Dick Sporting Goods giftcards to 10 children. Then, he helped each child with selecting items.
Kidd-Gilchrist coaxed the children toward necessities — shoes and clothes — and taught them to consider thrift and value. When a kid was attracted to a pair of $80 sneakers, MKG showed him a $40 pair; he asked if the difference in the two sneakers was sufficient to spend most of the $100 on one item.
Kidd-Gilchrist has been charitable his whole life. His mother took him to help at homeless shelters as early as 2-years-old, and he’s looked to help others since. At Kentucky, he started a “breakfast club” to encourage his teammates to get up before dawn to workout. Since joining the Hornets, he has looked for ways to give back to the Charlotte community.
His personality and charitable nature have made him one of the most respected players in the locker room. As Kemba Walker puts it,
“He so genuinely cares about others,” Walker said of Kidd-Gilchrist. “You don’t find guys like that a lot. He’s all for the team, he’ll do anything for the team. Just a great kid from Day 1.”
Preview tonight’s game with the pod
In case you missed this morning’s podcast, give it a listen as Doug and David preview tonight’s matchup.