Yesterday afternoon at Spectrum Center, the Charlotte Hornets held their open practice, and yesterday’s turnout was arguably one of the largest crowds for an open practice in a while for the Charlotte Hornets in recent memory, according to head coach Steve Clifford.
“It was great. The fans were into it, loud, and the guys were into it and I think the guys had fun.” Clifford said. “I think it shows they have belief in our team, and we’re excited on what we can become.”
Fans were treated to an autograph session after the practice, and fans also got a sneak peek of the brand new Hornets Fan Shop, which will be opened on October 11th during the Hornets preseason game against Boston, and on and all, everyone that attended the event was absolutely ready and excited for the upcoming season, especially one of the biggest offseason acquisitions for Charlotte, Dwight Howard, who was more excited to practice in front of the “Buzz City” faithful.
“It’s crazy. To see the lower bowl filled with fans is impressive, and we’re very grateful for that.” Howard said. Besides Howard, fans also got to see Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon, two of Charlotte’s selections in this past summer’s NBA Draft, and of course, some of the returning fan favorites were all there, with the exception of Kemba Walker, who was out with an illness, but he is slated to return to camp today and to see some playing time in tomorrow’s preseason opener in Boston against the Celtics, but Marvin Williams enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm from the fans that came to yesterday’s open practice, and the team enjoyed putting on a great event to transition into the 2017-18 season for Charlotte.
“Just to feel the excitement the city has and the support they’ve always given us, it make us look forward to Opening Night.” Williams said.
The Hornets will open up the preseason schedule tomorrow night in Boston as they take on the Celtics at 7:30 p.m. inside TD Garden. Charlotte’s preseason home opener at Spectrum Center will come on October 11th, when they face the Celtics at 7:00 p.m. for the first of two home preseason matchups at “The Hive”.