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NBA approves Charlotte’s name change back to Hornets… starting next summer

Jul 18, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT


UPDATE 8:38 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern made it official — the NBA owners have approved the name change of the Charlotte Bobcats back to the Hornets.

The change will take place after the 2013-14 season, so you’ve got one more year of Bobcats but the change the people of Charlotte wanted is coming home again. Great win for the city.

2:49 pm: Michael Jordan already announced the Charlotte Bobcats would change their name to the Charlotte Hornets, but the switch requires league approval.

That shouldn’t be a problem.

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:

The NBA’s rubber stamp will hit the Charlotte Bobcats’ request for a name change to the Hornets at a Board of Governor’s meeting Thursday at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas.

The Bobcats technically need approval from a majority of the league’s other 29 teams to take on the name of Charlotte’s original NBA team. But it’s clear there won’t be resistance, after the New Orleans franchise gave up that nickname to be called the Pelicans.

Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said twice during visits to Charlotte that he is for this name change if Bobcats owner Michael Jordan wants it. And outgoing Commissioner David Stern advocated a name change, according to a source familiar with Stern’s thinking.

I love this change and can’t wait until 2014, when it takes effect. Bobcats was a lame name without meaning besides sharing a syllable with the team’s former owner. Hornets has a centuries’ old history in Charlotte and is a much better fit.

  1. dopekidz83 - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I wonder if they’ll be bringing back the retro jerseys from the Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning era too

    • droyal - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      They better.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I know the uniforms will be different than Hornets past and they’ll likely bring back the purple & teal… but what if they have an alternate throwback Hornets jersey like you said? That would be cool. I’ll take a Dell Curry on fan night, thank you!

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      and who will change their name to the Bobcats, does this mean there is
      no more Bobcats?

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Look, I think alot of people, including Bobcats fans would be just fine forgetting that era never happened.

      • money2long - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        you could adopt the name for yourself. other than that, no one wants it.

    • redbaronx - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      @dopekidz83 – I remember taking my friends kids to a Bullets game vs. the Hornets when Grandmama and Zo were playing, and they loved the colors and were rooting for the Hornets. lol

      They had some good unis back in the day, and who didn’t love Larry Johnson TV commercials? :-)

    • dezglobal - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      The Buzzzzzz Is Back!

  2. stoudemelo - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing an alternate uniform with the current colors. That could be cool. I’m all for the retro aspect but something fresh and new is always fun.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    We need more Hornets Starter jackets!

  4. ss3walkman - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I wouldn’t mind yellow and black or yellow and red uniform colors.

  5. johnmindiola - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I hope they get an entirely new logo. The cartoon bug seems minor league, but maybe that’s just a personal preference. The teal and purple can work, but I think deeper, darker colors would look better, a la the new Vikings and Jazz unis.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Hopefully this means we’ll be keeping our pro basketball team. The attendance at TWC Arena is a joke unless the Heat or Lakers are in town; I was starting to think Seattle would steal the team. Once, I sat 12 rows back at a Bobcats game for $0.99.

  7. tubbman27 - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    This makes the board of governors 1 for 2 this year. Cool. At least one market that lost their team gets their old one back. Charlotte? That’s in Carolina right?

  8. skinsnation703 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Now if only the Wizards will go back to the Bullets. Please Ted!

    • patfic15 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      In DC? Good luck. Maybe Chicago needs to adopt the Bullets name as it would make sense in that city.

  9. dezglobal - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    It’s about time.

  10. deavn - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Good. Now let’s change New Orleans back to the Jazz. Pelicans sound so lame.

    • lhollis74 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Yeah, NO can be the jazz again and change Utah to the polygamist maybe,lol jk!

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Are you serious? Jazz may be what New Orleans is known for but that is a far lamer name than Pelicans. You’re not being objective… every new team name sounds lame until it’s been around for years. Do you think the Lakers sounded cool at first… ‘Yeah, let’s name our team after a geological feature.’

  11. rickyspanish - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM


    Those parkas were funky fresh.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Yes they were good sir, yes they were. I remember getting my fresh copy of Eastbay and flipping through those pages and seeing those jackets and being like, “Damn, someday”

  12. noring4youstill - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Now if we could just somehow have back the Jazz

  13. uscthom78 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Just waiting for Utah to reliquish their name. Aint no Jazz in mormonville.

  14. socalskinsfan21 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    MJ at the wynn in las vegas eh? another high stakes poker binge perhaps?

  15. j0esixpack - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    New Orleans got the better name here.

    No one is afraid of Hornets. But each year 20 million Americans are injured in pelican attacks – little known fact.

    Opposing teams will fear the Pelicans.

  16. eagles512 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    This is a different situation-let them do it now.

  17. juradura - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:05 AM


  18. klownboy - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    The Hornets are back in Charlotte. Good for the NBA, great for the city of Charlotte. Michael Jordan did something right for a change.

  19. klownboy - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Didn’t mean for the reposts to happen. I apologize for my crappy computer…

  20. styx630 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    As it should be.

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