The Charlotte Hornets went 58 floors above ground level for a team picture Tuesday in Shanghai. Rick Bonnell rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com
The Charlotte Hornets went 58 floors above ground level for a team picture Tuesday in Shanghai. Rick Bonnell rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

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Camera time for Hornets – 58 stories above Shanghai

By Rick Bonnell

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

October 13, 2015 04:03 PM

UPDATED October 13, 2015 09:41 PM

SHANGHAI

If a team is going to spend a week across the world together, then it’s a must to have a team photo to commemorate the trip.

And if a team photo is in order then, by all means, make it 58 stories above Shanghai’s downtown.

There’s a restaurant on the 58th floor of the Shanghai Ritz Carlton with a terrific observation deck. So the players and coaches assembled there at 11 a.m. Tuesday for some formal (and not so formal) picture-taking.

Most of the players got there early enough to check out the scenery and pose for various individual and group selfies. Then they were posed – guards sitting, big men in the back – for the formal picture. First it was just the players, then it was players and coaches.

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Then it was 18 players, various coaches, staff and media all trying to get down stairs in an elevator only slightly larger than, say, a voting booth.

It all worked out eventually and the buses rolled off to practice at Mercedes-Benz Arena (which, by the way, is by far the nicest non-NBA arena I’ve ever seen).

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