• The Charlotte Hornets will have a representative at All-Star Weekend next month in New York. Power forward Cody Zeller was selected by the league’s assistant coaches to participate in the Rising Stars exhibition involving rookies and second-season pros.
The format is a little different this year a USA-vs.-the World format. Shelby’s Alvin Gentry, lead assistant for the Golden State Warriors, will coach the USA squad that will include Zeller.
• San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked in pre-game media availability why the Spurs didn’t have a morning shootaround. Popovich said often he thinks those sessions are a waste of time. Veteran a group as the Spurs are, Pop might have a point there.
• The Hornets will run more of their offense through Lance Stephenson in Kemba Walker’s absence. So far that’s a hit-or-miss process.