Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: at Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday’s game is the Charlotte Hornets’ last matchup with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, right, who was originally drafted to Charlotte, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a pre-arranged deal.
Sunday’s game is the Charlotte Hornets’ last matchup with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, right, who was originally drafted to Charlotte, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a pre-arranged deal. Getty Images

9:30 p.m., Staples Center.

TV: Fox Sports Southeast.. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610..

Projected Starters

Hornets

Lakers

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

20.3

4.2

G J. Clarkson

15.2

3.9

G J. Lin

12.5

3.3

G K. Bryant

15.7

3.9

F M. K-Gilchrist

13.0

7.0

F A. Brown

3.8

2.3

F M. Williams

9.9

6.7

F J. Randle

11.0

9.7

C S. Hawes

6.0

4.3

C R. Hibbert

6.9

5.4

Matchup to Watch

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: This is the Hornets’ last matchup with the future Hall of Famer who was drafted to Charlotte, then traded to the Lakers in a pre-arranged deal.

Observations

▪ Lakers coach Byron Scott recently called out his players, questioning whether this season is “important” to them.

▪ The Hornets said Saturday that guard Nic Batum will miss the game after aggravating the toe strain that has bothered him of late.

Tap-ins

▪ The Lakers have been playing D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, as a reserve.

▪ The Lakers would lose their first-round pick to Philadelphia if it falls outside the top three in 2016.

Did you know?

Bryant’s draft –1996 – was remarkably star-studded. Others selected that year: Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Steve Nash and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Rick Bonnell

 
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