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Buzz Beat, presented by Queen City Hoops, discusses Hornets’ basketball in an in-depth format, covering X’s-and-O’s, coaching strategies, player & team trends, and aiding listeners to stay on track with the Charlotte Hornets on their quest to world dominance.

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    • Nov 30, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Can't Run with the Bulls

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 35:40

    Brian and Lee recap the Hornets and Bulls game on Twitter Spaces. The two discuss the defensive breakdowns, the struggle defending Vucevic, and took a couple of speaker requests regarding a variety of topics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    9 Games, 8 Wins

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 31:11

    Richie hops on Twitter Spaces following the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the recap, he discusses LaMelo's pace, Hayward's bounce back game, and Rozier's continued hot shooting. The episode wraps with a couple of speaker requests and questions about how often we will see James Bouknight and Kai Jones in Greensboro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Huge Road Win

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 48:28

    Richie, Lee, and Brian hop on TwitterSpaces to recap the win over the Washington Wizards. The trio discussed Terry Rozier's shooting, LaMelo Ball's stat-filled night, and the end of game offense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Hornets Take 4th Straight

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 34:37

    Richie, Spencer, and Lee hop on Twitter Spaces to recap the win over the Washington Wizards. The three highlight the style of play, Miles Bridges as the big man, and the incessant debate over the center position. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    4-Game Homestretch

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 22:23

    Richie jumps on Twitter Spaces to discuss the victory over the Knicks and look ahead to tomorrow's game vs. the Warriors. He discusses LaMelo's near triple-double, Gordon Hayward's overlooked game, the Mason Plumlee debate, and Miles Bridges' at the center position. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Back in the Zone

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 33:45

    Richie and Lee jump on Twitter Spaces to recap the 118-108 win over Memphis. The two look at Oubre's historic night, the Hornets using more zone defense, and Hayward's consistent play on this road trip. The episode ends with two listener questions: one regarding defensive rebounding and the other on James Bouknight. FOLLOW RICHIE FOLLOW LEE FOLLOW BRIAN FOLLOW SPENCER Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    West Coast Woes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 68:06

    Spencer and Brian highlight some of the trends that have been plaguing the Hornets on this five-game west coast trip. The two discuss the defensive struggles, Rozier's cold spell, the center position, and if the Hornets will and should make a trade. FOLLOW SPENCER FOLLOW BRIAN FOLLOW RICHIE FOLLOW LEE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Halloween Hangover

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 33:50

    Richie and Lee recap the loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The two discuss the play of Cody Martin, Rozier's late-game hot streak, the difficulties defending physical bigs, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    4-1 Start

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 41:54

    Spencer, Lee, and Brian recap Charlotte's victory over the Magic, pushing their record to 4-1. The three look at LaMelo's off night, Miles Bridges continued strong play, and the bench unit. The episode ends of a fun segment of "Trick" or "Treat." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Undefeated Season Ends

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 26:25

    Richie and Lee recap the Hornets first loss of the season to the Boston Celtics. The two discuss the offense down the stretch, the give and take with LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2-0 Start

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 46:38

    Richie and Brian recap Charlotte's 123-112 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers via Twitter Spaces. The two highlighted Miles Bridges' confidence, Ish Smith's pace and underrated defense, Kelly Oubre's 25-point outing, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    1-0 Start

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 29:56

    Richie and Lee recap Charlotte's thrilling one-point win over the Pacers. The two talk about the big second-half, the clutch free throws from PJ Washington, LaMelo Ball's outstanding play, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    '21-22 Season Outlook

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 61:36

    Richie, Spencer, and Lee look at the upcoming season for the Charlotte Hornets. The three discuss the newcomers, LaMelo's second year, the most important players to the team's success, predict win totals, and much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Preseason Finale

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 32:13

    Richie and Lee recap the disastrous preseason finale between the Hornets and Mavericks. The two put things in perspective and try to take away as many positives as possible. Topics of discussion include League Pass rankings, Nick Richards, the overall effort, and LaMelo Ball's defensive activity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Southeast Preview: Wizards

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 31:25

    Richie brings on Matt Modderno of the Bleav in Wizards podcast. The two discuss the acquisitions made in Washington, the over/under win total, and any bold predictions they have for the Washington Wizards team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Preseason Recap: vs. OKC

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 23:28

    Richie and Lee break down the first preseason game of the 2021-22 season between the Hornets and Thunder. The two look at the positives and negatives of the players, the rotational choices, and general thoughts on preseason play. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Nate Duncan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 50:31

    Spencer brings on Nate Duncan to discuss the Hornets and the Southeast Division. The two look at the best acquisitions in the division, project the win totals for all five teams, and dig deeper into the Charlotte Hornets. They also discuss what gives them the most optimism for Charlotte, the extension for Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges' development, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Southeast Preview: Hawks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 50:37

    Brian brings on Andrew Kelly to preview the Atlanta Hawks. The two discuss the Nate McMillan effect, Trae Young's progressions, the youth on the roster, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Southeast Preview: Magic

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 29:46

    Richie brings on RK to preview the Magic, a divisional opponent. The two discuss the offseason, breakout players, win projections, and the overall outlook for the Orlando Magic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    All-Time Hornets Fantasy Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 56:15

    Richie, Brian, and Lee participate in a fantasy draft of past and present Hornets (and Bobcats) players with guest, Owen Watterson. The four build a 5-man roster with some limitations on the roster construction. Listen and let us know who drafted the best team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Hornets: Player Tiers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 67:16

    Richie, Spencer, Brian, and Lee place the current Hornets roster within five tiers. After their rankings, they give their brief explanations for their positioning. The episode wraps with a question from a listener in the Spotify Greenroom. If you would like to know more about how you can donate, please visit our Buy Me a Coffee site. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Sam Farber Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 30:23

    Richie interviews Sam Farber, the radio play-by-play voice of the Charlotte Hornets. Sam discusses his background, the thrills of calling LaMelo Ball's game, and the future outlook on Miles Bridges and PJ Washington. It ends with some rapid fire questions about restaurants, tv shows, and more. If you'd like to know more about our Buy Me a Coffee site for exclusive content, visit here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mailbag: BMC Supporters

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 66:31

    Richie and Brian answer questions from BMC supporters on a variety of topics related to the Hornets' offseason. The two discuss if Miles Bridges will get an extension,, their least favorite move, and if the Hornets have the ability to acquire a big-time name like Ben Simmons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Oubre Signing, Summer League Reactions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 55:12

    Richie, Brian, and Lee look at the free agent signing of Kelly Oubre and the play of some of the young players in Las Vegas Summer League. The three highlight the play of James Bouknight and Kai Jones while also looking at some other fringe players in Summer League. The conversation wraps with James Borrego's multi-year extension. Visit out Buy Me a Coffee Site for exclusive content Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Free Agency Summary

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 53:28

    Richie, Lee, and Brian discuss the departures and acquisitions the the Hornets have made during NBA's Free Agency. The three discuss the Lauri Markkanen offer-sheet rumors and spend some time on the direction of the team as it feels like they aren't in a position to compete for a playoff spot. Visit Buzz Beat's Buy Me a Coffee Site for exclusive content Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Free Agency Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 49:42

    Richie, Spencer, and Lee discuss all the rumors surrounding the Charlotte Hornets live on Spotify's Greenroom app. The three discuss the cap situation, Devonte' Graham's Qualifying Offer, potential signings, and rehash the Mason Plumlee deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    JT Thor Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 34:09

    Brian and Lee react to the 37th overall pick, JT Thor. As the pick approaches, listen to them talk abut the holes that Charlotte needs to fill and prospects that could be there for the taking. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    James Bouknight, Kai Jones Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 77:00

    Richie, Spencer, Brian, and Lee react to the First-Round selections of Jame Bouknight and Kai Jones. The crew look at the potential fit in Charlotte and what it means for free agency. They also discuss the trade for Mason Plumlee, which can't be finalized until August 6. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    JT Thor Profile

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 32:31

    JT Thor, the 18-year-old Freshman out of Auburn, is the topic of discussion on the latest podcast. The Buzz Beat crew dive into his raw talent, shooting upside, and his anticipation on the defensive side of the court. To wrap, we evaluate his weakness and if that's enough for the Hornets to be scared away. Video version available here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mailbag: 2021 Offseason

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 57:23

    Richie, Spencer, and Brian field questions about the upcoming NBA Draft and Free Agency. The three discuss trading back in the draft, protects at pick no. 56 and 57, if Hayward should be traded, and their favorite free agent target. Buy Me a Coffee: Richaun Holmes Article Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Jalen Johnson, Alperen Şengün Profiles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 58:57

    Richie, Spencer, and Brian look at Jalen Johnson (Duke) and Alperen Şengün (Beşiktaş) and how they project to the next level.  If you enjoy our podcast and want more information on some exclusive content, visit our Buy Me A Coffee site. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Isaiah Miller Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 22:47

    Isaiah Miller of UNC Greensboro joins to discuss his preparations for the NBA Draft. He discusses the players he models his game after, why he returned for his senior season, his most overlooked trait, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Tre Mann Profile

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 30:23

    Tre Mann, the 20-year-old sophomore out of the University of Florida, is highlighted in the latest episode. Richie and Brian discuss his shiftiness, NBA range on his 3P shot, and his arsenal of stepbacks. The two worry about his defense and if he can play off the ball. The video version can be found here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Hornets Draft Workouts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 33:47

    Spencer and Brain discuss some of the prospects that have worked out for the Hornets in the past couple of days. The two quickly assess Charles Bassey (WKU), Isaiah Jackson (UKY), Sharife Cooper (AUB), JT Thor (AUB), Josh Primo (BAMA), Bones Hyland (VCU) and Chris Duarte (ORE). If you enjoy our podcast and want more information on some exclusive content, visit our Buy Me A Coffee site. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Isaiah Jackson Profile

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 30:48

    Richie interviews Brian on the strengths and weaknesses of Isaiah Jackson. The two cover his offensive profile, his defensive versatility, and the most overlooked aspect of his game. The video version can be found here. If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate it if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/buzzbeat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Keon Johnson Profile

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 27:54

    Richie, Spencer, and Brian breakdown Keon Johnson (Tennessee) as a draft prospect. The three discuss his strengths, weaknesses, and potential fit with the Charlotte Hornets at pick 11. The video version can be found here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Live Lottery Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 71:02

    Richie, Spencer, and Brian were joined by Lee of the WhichCarolina podcast to react to the NBA Lottery results live on YouTube. The four talked about James Bouknight, Davion Mitchell, Corey Kispert, and Franz Wagner as potential options at pick number 11. They also discuss how much stock should be placed on combine measurements and draft sleepers. If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate it if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site.

    Buy or Sell: Listener Takes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 35:47

    Richie reacts to listener "hot takes" on the Hornets. The topics range from PJ Washington to Devonte' Graham to trading for Cam Reddish. If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate it if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/buzzbeat

    Ziaire Williams, Kai Jones, Moses Moody

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 60:22

    Richie and Brian profile Ziaire Williams (Stanford), Kai Jones (Texas), Moses Moody (Arkansas). The two look at their pluses, minuses, and how they could potentially fit within the Hornets play-style. Time Stamps Z.Williams [~9:30] K.Jones [~27:15] M.Moody [~43:45] If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate it if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/buzzbeat

    Offseason Agenda

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 69:19

    Spencer and Brian discuss some of the hot topics and priorities surrounding the Hornets' 2021 offseason. The two discuss trade ideas, bringing back Malik Monk or Devonte' Graham, extending Terry Rozier, and Miles Bridges who becomes extension-eligible when the new season flips over. The two also end with some conversation about Usman Garuba, Alperen Sengun, and Jaden Springer. If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate it if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/buzzbeat

    James Herbert, CBS Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 40:41


    James Herbert (CBS Sports) joins Richie to discuss the Hornets season and upcoming offseason. The two dig into LaMelo Ball, James Borrego, the team's needs as they head into the 2021 offseason. Article Referenced: Inside the Hornets' Nest If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate it if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/buzzbeat


    Final Transcript: 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 68:24

    Richie, Brian, and Spencer recap the season by looking at the most prominent players on the Hornets roster and handing out grades. They look at Rozier, Washington, Bridges, Graham, Hayward,  and Ball. They cap off the episode with  highlighting one positive and one glaring issue on the team level.If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate it if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/buzzbeat

    Hornets Eliminated from Play-In

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 50:32

    Richie and Brian recap the brutal 144-117 loss to the Indiana Pacers. The two look at the lone bright spots, the lack of defensive focus, and scheme vs. Indiana. Despite the loss, Richie and Brian try to look at the successes of the season.If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate it if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/buzzbeat

    Play-In Preference

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 53:44

    Richie, Spencer, and Brian recap the fun game vs. the Nuggets and start discussing the play-in options. The three discuss which team they want to avoid in the play-in tournament, weigh in on the center rotation, and answer a listener question concerning Monk, Rozier, and GrahamVisit our Buy Me a Coffee Site for exclusive content.

    Pistons Win + Bridges Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 52:01

    Richie and Brian recap the 102-99 win over the Detroit Pistons. The  two also discuss the absences  of Miles Bridges (Health and Safety protocols) and PJ Washington (personal reasons). They also answer listener questions, including which team would be preferred in the 1st-Round of the playofffs.If you enjoy our work and want to support us monetarily, we'd truly appreciate if you could visit our Buy Me a Coffee site: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/buzzbeat

    Who's Your 9-Man Rotation?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 63:34

    Spencer and Brian chat about Mils Bridges, the playoff rotation, and the Zeller vs. Biyombo conundrum.  The two also take listener questions and discuss Xs and Os.Want to Support Us? Visit our Buy Me a Coffee PageExclusive Content (Written and Visual)One-off donations or Memberships

    Ashley ShahAhmadi

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 35:27

    Ashley ShahAhmadi of BallySports joins Richie to discuss the challenges of the season, the hype surrounding LaMelo Ball, and James Borrego. The episode ends by testing her knowledge of country music.

    NYK: Locker Room Post-Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 47:34

    Richie, Spencer, and Brian hop of the Locker Room app to recap the 109-97 loss to the Knicks. The three take listener questions about LaMelo's injury and hit upon some of the key trends in recent games.

    Can the Hornets Hold On?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 28:01

    Richie goes solo to recap the Brooklyn Nets game and to share his thoughts on where the Hornets end up. He also dives into which player has been the most impressive during this stretch of injuries and which Hornet has struggled with the key pieces missing.

    LAL: Locker Room Post-Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 37:26

    Richie, Spencer, and Brian hopped on the Locker Room app for a post-game pod — breaking down the Hornets and their loss to the Lakers. In addition to Miles Bridges,  Jalen McDaniels, and Bismack Biyombo, they three also discuss the injuries that have been piling up across the league.

    Next Man Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 67:43

    Richie and Brian bring on Will Palaszczuk to discuss the Hornets' season and if the team will be able to survive with major injuries. The three also discuss the center rotation, Jalen McDaniels, and if LaMelo should still win Rookie of the Year — despite not playing a full season.  Andrew Schlecht of The Athletic also joins to preview the Thunder game. He shares his thoughts on the injured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kenrich Williams and what has helped OKC get to 20 wins.

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