Charlotte Hornets

Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

It was a disappointing weekend for Hornets fans, after two losses to Miami and elimination from the NBA playoffs. But one fan had a particularly rough go of it. That would be the court-side season ticket-holder dubbed purple shirt guy. During the playoffs game, he paced the sidelines yelling insults at Heat players. And people noticed

Fans of both teams took to Twitter crediting or blaming purple shirt guy for firing up Heat Guard Dwayne Wade to make several big shots in the fourth quarter to propel the Heat to victory on Friday night in Charlotte. Michael Deason from Greensboro is purple shirt guy.    

Michael Tomsic

In uptown Monday night, the Charlotte Hornets look to even their playoff series against the Miami Heat. The home team has won each game so far.

The Charlotte Hornets play their first home game in the NBA playoffs Saturday afternoon. The team is looking to end one of the longest losing streaks in NBA playoff history.

A woman was booted from a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill Friday night, after she staged a silent protest and was heckled by Trump supporters. Meanwhile, an off-duty CMPD officer is facing a DWI charge after he was stopped in his own car Saturday. And changes are coming at Charlotte Douglas airport: New technology to save time and fuel is being introduced. And the NCDOT is asking travelers to use the Little Rock Road exit from I-85 to reach the new airport access road. Read on for our Sunday headlines.

ron rivera
Michael Tomsic / WFAE

As the Carolina Panthers prepared for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants, Coach Ron Rivera said his team can’t worry about the big picture issues – an undefeated season, playoffs or a possible title. They have to take one game at a time.  Meanwhile, Robert Brawley, the former state legislator who is challenging Gov. Pat McCrory, is in hot water for requesting leniency for a friend serving a life sentence for child molestation.

NBA Hornets

Basketball fans come to watch the Hornets, but it’s awfully hard to miss the Honey Bees. With long, flowing hair and skimpy outfits, these dancers swarm the court and mingle with fans. Auditions to join their ranks are coming up.

The Charlotte Hornets are having some fun with the defensive brilliance of one of their young stars. The team has set up a website called "MKG Security."

No, the Hornets are not trying to sell you a new home security system.

"MKG" is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a third-year forward out of Kentucky who's becoming one of the NBA's elite defenders.

"When defense is your first priority, look no further than MKG Security," a narrator says in a Hornets-produced video. Kidd-Gilchrist wears a work shirt with patches as the narrator gives the sales pitch:

A sharpshooting former NBA All-Star is UNC Charlotte's new men's basketball coach. Mark Price is leaving his assistant coaching position with the Charlotte Hornets to take over the 49ers program.

If you want to learn how to shoot a basketball, there are very few people with more expertise than Mark Price.

Price won the NBA's 3-point contest in 1993 and 1994. He retired in 1999 as one of the NBA's greatest shooters.  

Sunday Headlines: App State Student Dies

Feb 1, 2015

Another student has died at Appalachian State University. Police say a 23-year-old student passed away Friday night after he was found in distress at an off-campus residence.  It was the eighth death of an App State student this academic year.

Hundreds of marchers, from high school bands to dancers to community leaders, marched through uptown Charlotte in Saturday in the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade.  The parade was part of a weekend full of events for the King Day Holiday.