Charlotte Hornets: 3 players practiced against NBA’s wishes

Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham and Miles Bridges. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham and Miles Bridges. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, three Charlotte Hornets players who are not playing in Orlando still found ways to improve.

As many fans already know, the NBA’s regular season is set to star up in two weeks. However, the Charlotte Hornets are not one of the twenty-two teams that will be participating in Orlando, Florida.

While the league continues to prepare for the restart, some players on the Hornets took it upon themselves to still practice. Last week, the Charlotte Observer reported that three players practiced against the NBA’s wishes. However, there is good news, as none of the players will be fined.

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The players who were practicing were Devonte’ Graham, Miles Bridges, and Dwayne Bacon. Even though they were told they could practice individually at the Spectrum Center, the trip instead went down to Florida to play at a Miami-based Taylor Sports Group’s facility; this goes against what the NBA and the players union.

During the past two weeks, fans may have noticed some of the players balling out in what looked to be 5-on-5 games in a non-Hornets gym.

The Charlotte Observer also stated that they would likely not be fined because it “is more about the league and union coaxing players to conform to something that goes against their grain.”

Since the league is about to restart, fans can finally expect to see some basketball. For Hornets fans, this will almost be the fifth month where they cannot see Charlotte play. As of now, fans may not see the team play an official game until December.

The Charlotte Hornets got a lot of help from the younger players this season, and fans will be eager to see how they continue to play. The team ended the season on a good-note after their comeback win over the Miami Heat.

In the end, it’s nice to see some of the players trying their best to get better during these pressing times.

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