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Jordan open to changing Bobcats' name

Mar 19, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

Bobcats is a dirty word.

Well, it is in Charlotte. Some people there really hate the name — they think former owner Bob Johnson named the Charlotte franchise after himself. And they can’t stand him. So it’s not a shock that new owner Michael Jordan was asked at his first press conference if he would change the name.

Jordan told the Charlotte Observer’s Scott Fowler he would consider it.

‘The thing is that I’m open for anything. It’s a commitment. We have to go through the league. It’s a process. It’s a financial commitment. Am I willing to look at that and say can we go down that road? Yeah. If I get the understanding from the community, from the public, that we need it and it signifies change, yeah, I would do that. But once again, it’s a process. It’s a $3-million to $10-million investment to do that. I’m not afraid of that, as long as at the backside of that, the public is going to be happy about that, that it’s going to be great for the organization. I think it [could be] a new beginning. Yeah, I would do that. I would consider that.’ “

What I really liked about Jordan’s press conference — it wasn’t too polished. He rambled at times, like that answer. There were no great revelations, but it seemed off the cuff. Most of these press conferences are more rehearsed than a Broadway musical, this one felt genuine because it wasn’t.

When the Observer took a poll recently, about a quarter of the respondents said keep the team the Bobcats. The other 75 percent were split on other potential names (Flight was the leader of that group). While a lot of people liked other names better, there was a long way from a community consensus.

The Bobcats have a lot of problems – the franchise is hemorrhaging money, they are locked in with this good-but-not-great core of players for another three years due to long contracts, and a lot of the connection with the community need to be rebuilt. The name may be an issue for some, but it’s an added expense and priority Jordan may choose to wait on.

  1. Joe Treutlein - Mar 19, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Charlotte Monstars.

  2. jon - Mar 19, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    charlottes web

  3. colin - Mar 19, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    what about “Tiger” and have his buddy become a co-owner?

  4. Jack Meoffer - Mar 19, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    If you are going to name it after a person, name it after a real southerner. Call them the Charlotte Billy Joe Jim Bobs.

  5. Espo - Mar 19, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    The Charlotte AirMen. Fits Jordan, the Wright brothers and basketball in general.

  6. william keith - Mar 19, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    i think they should go with the charlotte cookamonga cracka killas!!!!

  7. E.B. White - Mar 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Thank you for the kind words.

  8. co - Mar 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    how about the charlotte cardinals- cardinals are robust birds

  9. William A. Richards - Mar 19, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    As heir in the game of Basektball and the savy and the knowhow that Michael Jordan inherit during his basketball carreer, it would be most appropiate of him to pass on his knowledge to the younger and upcoming players in creating his legacy. He has push the league of Basketball to another level, that presently taking into consideration all of the great stars in basketball, durability in the performance and upkeep of higher standard of performance is presently require in the game of basketball.

  10. Dah Chicken - Mar 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    How about the Charlotte Bullchit

  11. C.Duncan - Mar 19, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    If you do anything get rid of the stupid thug-looking mascot “Rufus.” All he needs is a 40 oz in one hand and a blunt in the other. This is the worst mascot in the NBA. The owners should have known better. This has to be the second worst mistake with the worst being selecting Adam Morrison with the third overall pick.

  12. C.Duncan - Mar 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    How about the Charlotte Copperheads?
    Copperheads are everywhere in the Carolinas and you could have a snake as a mascot. The fans could bring rattles to shake at the games and the logo could be a snake with a basketball in it’s mouth with the fangs around the basketball. That would be sweet.

  13. Joe - Mar 19, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Charlotte Jordan Air’s…..

  14. Dave Berke - Mar 19, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Copperheads is a great idea. The NBA needs to distance itself from team nicknames that are bland and inspire nothing but contempt. Who fears a piston, heat, laker, or cavalier for example. Give us more predatory avians, aggressive apians, oceanic predators, and natural calamities to awe and inspire the fans.
    While we are disucssing team names, doesn’t the NBA see the glaring inconguity of the beehive state of Utah remaining the Jazz while New Orleans are the hornets?

  15. Iggy - Mar 19, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Man, that’s priceless. Haven’t laughed that hard in days. Totally cracked me up.

  16. Steve - Mar 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    what about “Tiger” and have his buddy become a co-owner?
    3 – Fri Mar 19,2010 1:48 PM ET Reply
    I have a better one. How about “Cheaters”? Oops, I mean “Cheetahs”

  17. Jeff - Mar 19, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    I think Clay Bennett made an error in naming the Oklahoma team Thunder. He should have called them Stealers, since he stole the team from Seattle Sonics.

  18. chairman - Mar 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    i like the “runnin rebels”, we are tarheels remember?

  19. mj - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    carolina blues

  20. E-fresh - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Nothing would be better than the Charlotte Hornets. Someone should have fought to keep the name even when the franchise left. Name it after Jordan: The Charlotte Legends.

  21. E-fresh - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    I also like the Flight or the Monarchs.

  22. Eric - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    How about the Monarchs

  23. Tyler Havener - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    The new name will be The Charlotte Tens.
    blend the words together when you say it.

  24. Anonymous - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    name them the North Carolina Tar Heels, the pro version.

  25. LORDHAVMERCY - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Name them the North Carolina Tar Heels or Carolina Tar Heels, owner is a Tar Heel, coach is a Tar Heel, in the Tar Heel state. Jordan probably still wears his old short under his pants…

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