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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  18 responses

Charlotte Bobcats to Announce Name Change Back to Hornets


As expected, the Charlotte Bobcats will make the name change back to the Hornets official. The announcement is scheduled for today. Per the Charlotte Observer: “The Charlotte Bobcats will make it official Tuesday that they want to change their nickname, a team source said. Sources already confirmed the Bobcats are moving ahead with plans to become the Charlotte Hornets as soon as the 2014-15 season. That would require NBA approval, but that shouldn’t be much trouble with the New Orleans Hornets giving up that nickname to become the Pelicans. Incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said it would take a minimum of about 18 months to rebrand a franchise. That roughly coincides with the timetable to start playing as the Hornets in the fall of 2014. The original Hornets played here from 1988 to 2002, and thousands have advocated a name change for the expansion team that replaced the Hornets here in 2004. The Hornets’ teal-and-purple gear is still among the more popular color schemes in the NBA. [...] Team owner Michael Jordan will be at the announcement, planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena. That will coincide with the NBA holding its annual draft lottery.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    bring ‘em back

  • spit hot fiyah

    “Sources already confirmed the Bobcats are moving ahead with plans to become the Charlotte Hornets as soon as the 2014-15 season” so we have to call them the bobcats for another year? that sucks

  • LP @ThisisEther

    You know how much old Charlotte Hornets city league gear i have saved up in anticipation of this ?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    You know how much old Charlotte Hornets city league gear i have saved up in anticipation of this ?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    charlotte can finally be proud of their squad again.

  • grammarpolice07

    How much??

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I just bought a Baron Davis Hornets jersey. SOMEBODY BRING HIM BAAAACCCKKK

  • Max

    Finally, thank you Pelicans!

  • Max

    7!

  • Rockwell

    Now if only we can get Utah to give the Jazz name back to New Orleans.

  • ATL dynamite

    Best jersey ever

  • RayJr

    I know this is just a name change but I think players will want to go to play here just to revive the Hornets going back to Charlotte. This is a big move.

    Also, whoever signed off on the Pelicans should NEVER work for anything involved with sports again. I bet they will have the worst sales in jerseys, merchandise, etc for years to come.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    4 old jerseys and 2 equipment bags!

  • Dirty Frank

    Dreaming of the day all league names get re-set to their original cities. Then figure out what teams are left with no names and come up with some good ish.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    did baron every play in charlotte? I thought he was new orleans only?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in ’99.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    So close.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I probably should have just looked it up before typing. I’m usually better knowing that stuff. For some reason in the back of my head I remembered him being traded to New Orleans and threatening to hold out. Which obviously never happened.

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