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Hornets Media Day Buzz: Roy Hibbert, Cody Zeller will battle for starting center role

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The Charlotte Hornets held their annual media day on Monday as they began preparations for their 2016-17 season. With training camp starting on Tuesday, here are a few takeaways from Monday:

  • Head coach Steve Clifford not sure who will start at center. With the departure of veteran big man Al Jefferson, the Hornets will turn to Cody Zeller, who started 60 games last season, and newly acquired Roy Hibbert, who signed a one-year deal over the offseason, to anchor the frontcourt. Clifford said on Monday that Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams will be the team's starters, but he wasn't ready to name the starting center. Clifford said Hibbert and Zeller both will get a lot of playing time, but the center position will depend on the best groupings of players.

  • Hibbert is entering his ninth NBA season after being drafted out of Georgetown in 2008. Hornets assistant coach, and former Hoya, Patrick Ewing was part of the reason Hibbert decided to join Charlotte. Hibbert told the media he sees the NBA Hall of Famer like an uncle.