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Charlotte Hornets assume historical records from New Pelicans

May 20, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

Alexis Ajinca, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Alexis Ajinca, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

There are a lot of reasons Charlotte changing its nickname from Bobcats to Hornets is great.

It’s a better nickname. It better fits the city. The colors are better.

Better, better, better.

Here’s one more – huge – reason to support the change.

Paul Lukas of UniWatch:

This means, retroactively, the New Orleans Pelicans were an expansion franchise that began play in 2002. From 1988, their history belongs to the Charlotte Hornets who were formerly known as the Bobcats.

This is a much more logical and satisfying reflection of NBA history and records.

The Cleveland Browns set a great precedent with this in the NFL. Any records of the original team now belong to the expansion franchise of the same name that began play in 1999 rather than the Baltimore Ravens, who moved from Cleveland.

Kudos to the Pelicans for following suit and helping to make this happen. The NBA and our sense of history is better for it.

  1. TheMorningStar - May 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Finally a crime against, well not really, is rectified.

  2. duhwighthoward - May 20, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    revisionism – never good

    blurring the facts and history to suit yourself – ask Clippers players about this one. “We didn’t know Donald Sterling was a racist.”

    ask LeBron James. “I never said I would boycott games.”

    ask Chris Paul, who brought in Kevin Johnson to organize players call for the ouster of Donald Sterling. “I didn’t know Kevin Johnson was a child molester.”

  3. bougin89 - May 20, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Too bad they can’t retroactively have Anthony Davis.

    • dacapt704 - May 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Yeah we definitely got screwed in that lottery! But it is what it is..we know how the “lottery” works.

      Welcome home Hornets!!

  4. storminator16 - May 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    This is huge for Hornets fans. Huge!

  5. thenew013 - May 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    I always wondered about this. Not b/c I care. I was way too young to follow the original hornets. I’m just very observant.

  6. kriswd40 - May 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Can they retroactively get 1990’s Larry Johnson back too?

    • davidly - May 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Yes, but Grandmama will be known as Grand…ma.

  7. jkirby317 - May 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Charlotte Hornets were great… Gotta LOVE Mugsy!

  8. ProBasketballPundit - May 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I’m very happy about this. We had something like 9 straight non-losing seasons and 388 consecutive sell outs. We deserve our history.

  9. csbanter - May 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Glen Rice, David Wesley, the late Bobby Phils, Dell Curry. Zo, LJ, and Mugsy, JR Reid, Rex Chapman. The teal was real. Good the Hornets are back.

  10. ProBasketballPundit - May 20, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Hugo > Rufus

  11. phluffyclouds - May 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    As a Charlottean, this has been One of the best days in Charlotte Sports history

    BuzzCity!!

  12. philtration - May 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Why didn’t they just leave the Hornets in Charlotte where they belonged, the Sonics in Seattle where they belonged, put the expansion team in Oklahoma City and forget about New Orleans where the NBA already failed once before?
    All of this nonsense for what?

  13. vikesandravens78 - May 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I wish more teams that move would do this in all sports. I hope the Sonics will be able to do the same thing one day.

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