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Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  12 responses

Charlotte Bobcats to Officially Become the Hornets Again


The NBA’s team owners unanimously approved Charlotte’s name change back to the Hornets, 11 years after the city’s original team moved to New Orleans (eventually becoming known as the Pelicans.) Per the press release and the Charlotte Observer: “The Hornets was the name of the original Charlotte NBA franchise that debuted during the 1988-89 campaign. ‘We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,’ said Bobcats Sports & Entertainment Chairman Michael Jordan. ‘The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The Buzz is Back!’ [...] That change will take effect after the 2013-14 season, allowing enough lead time to switch uniforms, logos and signage in and around Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets moved in 2002 after owner George Shinn and city council failed to work out a deal to replace the Charlotte Coliseum. The NBA quickly replaced the Hornets in Charlotte with an expansion team with new owner Bob Johnson called the Bobcats. That name wasn’t well received by Charlotteans, some of whom saw ‘Bobcats’’ as a show of vanity by Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television. Johnson ended up selling majority control of the team to Michael Jordan in March 2010. Former NBA superstar Jordan frequently said his goal was to recreate the atmosphere he remembered playing against the Hornets as far back as the team’s debut season in 1988. The Hornets sold out the 24,000-plus seat Coliseum for nearly nine seasons, regularly leading the NBA in attendance. The Hornets had a distinctive purple-and-teal color scheme, with pinstriped and pleated uniforms courtesy of North Carolina-based clothing designer Alexander Julian.”

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  • superar82

    Finally

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Yessssssssss

  • TSmoove

    Okay now we just act like the Bobcats never even existed…

  • danpowers

    excellent

  • KnicksFan

    Ironically, Bobcats are in Utah, Jazz in New Orleans, and Hornets in Charlotte… should’ve done a 3 team trade!!!…. As a New Orleans Hornets fan, I have a few questions:
    1) Who did Chris Paul/ David West play for? Will Charlotte Hornets claim them?
    2) Are you going to bring back the old uniforms?
    3) Will the dancers be called the HoneyBees?
    4) Was the mascot HUGO also part of the trade?
    DId Charlotte ( or NBA) PAY New Orleans ( or NBA) anything for the return of the name?

  • spit hot fiyah

    “That change will take effect after the 2013-14
    season, allowing enough lead time to switch uniforms, logos and signage
    in and around Time Warner Cable Arena.” yeah because that takes over a year to fix right. com eon get it done, i want these back!

  • RayJr

    Unanimous/no brainer decision and I would say all of us commenters would agree.

    Funny that the Pelicans will have the worst name in the league after giving up the rights to the Hornets and the Bobcats taking it on.

    Also, I predict New Era’s #1 selling snapback will be the Charlotte Hornets in 2014.

  • Feez_22

    Thank heavens.

  • KnicksFan

    So… can I exchange any of my New Orleans Hornets stuff for Charlotte Hornets stuff?
    Free Ticekets if I come to Charlott
    Do I bring it/ wear it when they come to New Orleans and play the Pelicans?

  • RayJr

    So are you a NY Knicks fan or a New Orleans fan?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I think they have a 1-800 number for answers to questions 2-4.

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

    No, New Orleans actually was in full support and called for the motion. I believe Charlotte is making a donation to one of their charities as a show of appreciation for their support.

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