• Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler poses for photos with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Carolina Panthers as the 30th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Panthers take DT Vernon Butler from La. Tech with 30th pick

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman couldn’t help himself.

  • Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, left, cheers on his team with Troy Daniels, right, and Jeremy Lamb, center, during the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoffs first-round series against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, April 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Walker drops 34, Hornets defeat Heat 89-85 to even series

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored a playoff career-high 34 points, Jeremy Lin added 21 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Miami Heat 89-85 on Monday night to even their first-round series at 2-2.

  • Carolina Panthers NFL football tight end Greg Olsen listens to a reporter's question during a player availability session at Bank of America Stadium on Monday, April 25, 2016.  (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Olsen: Panthers’ focus not on return to Super Bowl right now

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen knows the NFC champion Carolina Panthers are making a huge mistake if they assume they’re getting back to the Super Bowl next season.

  • Hornets F Batum unsure if he’ll play in Game 4 against Heat

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets forward Nicolas Batum says he hasn’t ruled himself out for Game 4 of Charlotte’s first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Monday night.

  • Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lin (7) shoots over Miami Heat's Tyler Johnson (8) during the first half of an NBA first round playoff basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, April 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Hornets snap 14-year playoff drought, beat Heat 96-80

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After the Charlotte Hornets dropped the first two games of their first-round series against the Miami Heat, team owner Michael Jordan and assistant coach Patrick Ewing approached coach Steve Clifford with a suggestion: Post up rookie 7-footer Frank Kaminsky more.