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Despite a selection to the All-NBA third team last season, center Al Jefferson says he still feels insulted. By the way opponents target him on defense, that is. Jefferson and Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford have begun trying to improve his pick-and-roll defense this preseason.

Recently added forward Jason Maxiell fights for roster spot while providing Charlotte Hornets with needed big man while rookie Noah Vonleh recovers from sports hernia surgery.

Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked on his shooting technique in the offseason. The Hornets' Instagram account posted a clip of the former Kentucky star's new delivery from the team's training camp in Asheville.

For whatever else the Bobcats/Hornets have done to right the course, this franchise is still 0-8 all-time in playoff games. But Clifford wouldn’t want just avoiding a sweep next April to sound like a goal.

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