Smith Center to host training camp, preseason matchup of Hornets Celtics

The Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill will be the host site for Charlotte Hornets training camp, and a preseason game with the Boston Celtics. In late September, the Hornets will have three days of training camp in Chapel Hill. Then on Friday Sept. 28, the Hornets will take on the Celtics.

This isn’t the first time the Charlotte franchise has played a preseason event at a Tobacco Road-based stadium. Back in 2012, as the Bobcats, Charlotte played LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Prior to that, in 2006, the Bobcats had exhibition events at the Dean Dome against Washington and Atlanta.

The Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan. After firing general manager Rich Cho mid-season Jordan hired Mitch Kupchak to be his GM and president of basketball operations. Jordan and Kupchak, of course, are UNC alums who both played for Dean Smith.

Charlotte has one former Tar Heel on its active roster: Marvin Williams, who won a national title with North Carolina in 2005.


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