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Theo Pinson works out for Charlotte Hornets

Tar Heel guard Theo Pinson was one of a handful of former college players on the court Saturday for a pre-draft workout with the Charlotte Hornets. Playing in his Carolina blue Jumpman shoes and chatting with former Tar Heel-turned-Hornets executive Buzz Peterson, he also worked out under the watchful eye of General Manager, and UNC great Mitch Kupchak.

Jerry Stackhouse’s Tar Heel ties shouldn’t matter for Hornets. Look beyond the blue.

Every NBA team looking for a head coach apparently has discovered Jerry Stackhouse, the former North Carolina star. If the Charlotte Hornets hire him, this will mean that the team’s owner, Michael Jordan, is a Tar Heel; the general manager, Mitch Kupchak, is a Tar Heel; the assistant general manager, Buzz Peterson, is a Tar Heel; and the head coach will be a Tar Heel.

Charlotte Hornets fire head coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasons

The Charlotte Hornets have fired head coach Steve Clifford after five seasons. New President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak, introduced earlier this week, announced the news Friday. Clifford went 196-214 in his time with the franchise, and the Hornets made the playoffs twice in his five seasons. They lost in the first round both years.

Mitch Kupchak hopes to make Hornets winners with Michael Jordan’s help

Mitch Kupchak is confident Michael Jordan’s Hornets will become an NBA playoff team again soon, possibly even next season. But just how he intends to help Charlotte get there remains unclear — for now. The Hornets new general manager and president of basketball operations said during his introductory news conference Tuesday this is a job he coveted.

Michael Jordan hires Mitch Kupchak as new Hornets GM

Hornets owner Michael Jordan has turned to a fellow former North Carolina Tar Heel with a strong NBA track record to help turn around his struggling franchise. Charlotte hired Mitch Kupchak as president of basketball operations and general manager Sunday, giving him full control of day-to-day operations. Jordan called Kupchak a “proven winner” in a statement.

Mitch Kupchak’s UNC pedigree an asset as Hornets GM. His 1st act might be a hard one.

Mitch Kupchak will have one of the toughest management jobs in Charlotte. The Hornets are hamstrung by big contracts – except for their best player, Kemba Walker, who has by NBA standards a small contract. It expires at the end of next season. If I’m Kupchak, my first act as general manager is to sit down with Walker to understand what he thinks.

Reports: Mitch Kupchak offered Charlotte Hornets GM position

The Charlotte Hornets have offered their open General Manager position to Mitch Kupchak, according to reports from Marc Stein of the New York Times and Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Kupchak helped construct four championship rosters as the Los Angeles Lakers GM from 2000 to 2017. The Hornets parted ways with GM Rich Cho on Feb. 20.

A new wrinkle on Mitch Kupchak and the Charlotte Hornets’ GM search

If former Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is truly a candidate to become the next Charlotte Hornets general manager, there has been no traction to date, he said Friday. Kupchak, an All-American at UNC in the mid-1970s, was in Charlotte for the opening-round games of the NCAA tournament and in the stands for the Tar Heels’ win over Lipscomb.

Chansky’s Notebook: New Buzz in Charlotte?

Mitch Kupchak and George Karl to the Hornets? Could happen. Kupchak has plenty of time to kill since being replaced as general manager of the Lakers. He’s attended at least two Carolina home games this season, plus the Tar Heels’ thrilling win at N.C. State. On his last trip, George Karl came along, looking hale and healthier since winning his battle over cancer.

Hornets GM candidate Mitch Kupchak has key skill: Ability to tell Michael Jordan no

Mitch Kupchak is a leading candidate for the Charlotte Hornets general manager job. But even if Kupchak, 63, does not end up getting hired, he represents the sort of GM this team needs – a strong personality who is well-respected throughout the NBA and who has enough clout that, when needed, he can tell everyone else to butt out and let him do his job.

Mitch Kupchak eyed for front-office role with Hornets

After declining to offer general manager Rich Cho a new contract, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is planning to target former Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for a high-ranking role in the organization, league sources told ESPN. Jordan is planning to continue grooming assistant GM Buzz Peterson as a foundation of Charlotte's front office.

UNC-NC State Postgame Notes

Luke Maye scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against NC State. Maye is the fourth Tar Heel (with Billy Cunningham, Lennie Rosenbluth and Mitch Kupchak) to have multiple 30/15 games in the same season. Roy Williams is now 33-4 against NC State, including 28-4 as UNC's head coach. UNC has won five in a row over NC State in PNC Arena.

UNC-Butler Postgame Notes

This is the 13th 30-win season for the Tar Heels. Joel Berry and Justin Jackson both scored 20-plus points for the fifth time this year. Kennedy Meeks had 11 rebounds and passed Mitch Kupchak (1,006) and Brad Daugherty (1,003) for seventh place in UNC history in career rebounds with 1,011. Luke Maye had his first career double-double with a career-high 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Turner's Take: Grand

Nearly four years of preparation by Kennedy Meeks met the opportunity in front of him on Sunday. He entered the season with 674 rebounds. He now has 326 in his senior year. At 1,000 rebounds, he is ninth all-time at North Carolina, with a shot to move as high as fifth. He's past Eric Montross and breathing down the neck of Brad Daugherty and Mitch Kupchak.

Mitch Kupchak, after 36 years, says goodbye to the Los Angeles Lakers

Mitch Kupchak was ready. He was going to be a Laker for life. Not the king of Los Angeles or even a member of the marquee group, but it was enough. The season was 1981-82, and the 26-year-old Kupchak (newly outfitted with a seven-year, $6.3 million free-agent deal given to him by Los Angeles basketball chief Jerry West) was set to be the team’s power forward of the 1980s.

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