First impressions of new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper from his news conference at Bank of America Stadium: He’s relaxed. The billionaire hedge fund manager is quick with his answers. He’s direct. He’s succinct.
Whether the statue of Carolina Panthers founder Jerry Richardson stays or goes at Bank of America Stadium is not terribly important. It is not a testament to the legacy of the man who brought the NFL to Charlotte.
Short takes: Thoughts on NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony, Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker as well as rookies Miles Bridges and Devonte Graham, former Duke Blue Devils star Grayson Allen’s fighting style and movie “American Animal.”
NBA: When when I think about Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, acquired in a trade from the Orland Magic, I remember something he said during his first stint in Charlotte. “I enjoy life. I enjoy everything.”
Carolina Panthers’ first 2018 NFL training camp practice in Spartanburg, S.C., is July 26. That’s rookies and veterans, including players I’m curious about such as WRs Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore and Torrey Smith. Who will Cam Newton target?
Thoughts on NBA Rookie of the Year (Ben Simmons vs. Donovan Mitchell), MVP (James Harden vs. LeBron James) and Kemba Walker’s Sportsmanship Award; July Fourth fireworks; BB&T Ballpark; Amazon’s “Goliath;” IFC’s “Brockmire.”
Boxer Christy Salters Martin, a Charlotte resident and the former women’s lightweight champion, will promote a boxing card Saturday at CenterStage@Noda, her sixth in North Carolina and, she says, the best.
Nobody in Charlotte wants to see Hornets point guard Kemba Walker leave. The former UConn Huskies star is classy, unassuming, and as low-maintenance as a two-time NBA All-Star can be. But they have to trade him.
2018 World Cup soccer: I know that some American fans are turned off because the U.S. failed to qualify. But that confers the freedom to pull for anybody you want. If you’re a Charlotte Hornets fan, it’s like the NBA playoffs.
What Phil Mickelson did to earn a two-stroke penalty at the U.S. Open on Saturday means one thing to golf purists, and another thing entirely to me. Here’s what his actions mean for how he’ll be remembered.
Short takes: Florida Gators baseball team makes play of the season to get into College World Series, a World Cup soccer pick, best NBA team ever, Mississippi blues advice from former Carolina Panthers star Wesley Walls, Cam Newton’s joy.
The favorites for to sign NBA free agent LeBron James include: Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers (ah, Hollywood), Houston Rockets; Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite what ESPN commentator said, the Charlotte Hornets won’t.
The Charlotte Hornets are scheduled to pick 11th in the 2018 NBA draft, which is two weeks away. Can new GM Mitch Kupchak alter the history of No. 11 picks, which is recently littered with role players and washouts?