Food, bowling and the Knights: Charlotte Hornets players on what they like to do in Charlotte

Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lin (7) and Kemba Walker (15) share a laugh in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. The Hornets won 94-86. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Charlotte Hornets season tips off Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Miami.

As the players got geared up for the opening game, we asked some of them about their impression of Charlotte and what they like to do – and eat – around town.

[Related: Five questions with Charlotte Hornets rookie Frank Kaminsky.]

Some interviews didn’t make the video since the microphone decided to come loose, which ruined the audio (D’oh!), but here are some notes from those interviews:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who will miss at least six months this season after shoulder surgery, describes himself as a “homebody” who prefers to stay in with family. When he does go out, he enjoys going bowling and playing paintball.

Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist poses for a photo during the NBA basketball team's media day in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 . (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)– Center Spencer Hawes misses one thing above all from his native Pacific Northwest:

“I wish there was a little more fresh seafood, but I understand it’s not like being in Seattle,” he said. “But there’s definitely other stuff that makes up for it.”

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Cody Zeller is a big Cowfish and Maggiano’s fan. He also enjoys going to Charlotte Knights and Carolina Panthers games during the offseason.

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“I love Charlotte,” he said.

– Newcomer Nic Batum said he heard a lot of good things about Charlotte years ago from fellow Frenchman Boris Diaw, who played for the Bobcats from 2008-2012.

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“This is a great area to live,” Batum said. “I’m happy to be here.”

Photos: AP Photo; Sergio Tovar


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