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It is official: The Charlotte Hornets are back

May 20, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT


The Hornets are back where they belong — in Charlotte.

The team name Hornets should never have left Charlotte, a city that sees the hornet as part of its identity. Back during the Revolutionary War British General Charles Cornwallis said the resistance in Charlotte was like a hornet’s nest, and ever since the city’s residents have worn the moniker with pride. Police badges in Charlotte even have a hornet on it.

Now the basketball team has that logo again — the changeover officially happened Tuesday. Check out the Web site for the team:


This is a good thing. A very good thing.

The NBA has done so many things over the decades to try to ruin Charlotte as a market. It all starts with George Shinn, one of the legendarily bad owners in NBA history, getting accused of rape (he was exonerated but in the legal process stories of his affair with a team cheerleader came out), being tone-deaf in his response, then right after the NBA lockout ends in 1999 he starts saying the city needs to build him a new arena. Then Shinn moved the team to New Orleans and took the Hornet name with him, even though it has no tie to that city. Then David Stern gave us Robert Johnson to save the Charlotte market with an expansion team, but Robert’s Bobcats (notice how that name ties in) never won and he never got the market.

Michael Jordan has had a steep learning curve as an owner, but more and more he seems to be getting it. He had a learning curve as a player, he had to learn how to win leading teammates but he figured it out, and he had a learning curve as an owner. This year Charlotte was feisty on the court and was sold out and loud for the playoffs.

And now they are the Hornets again — New Orleans owner Tom Benson wanted something local to them and changed the team to the Pelicans, which freed up the Hornets name.

Now the name is back in Charlotte. It’s a step. An important step on the road back to what should return to being a great NBA market.

  1. biggestredmiami - May 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Wow, this new logo is actually awesome! Good to see they are officially back. Fresh start for a franchise coming off of a surprisingly good season.

  2. r8drbehindenemylines - May 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    “Then Shinn moved the team to New Orleans and took the Hornet name with him, even though it has no tie to that city.”

    Umm. LA (Minneapolis) Lakers. Utah (New Orleans) Jazz. Sacramento (Kansas City) Kings, LA (San Diego) Clippers. Memphis (Vancouver) Grizzlies.

    It’s really only been over the last 10 years or so that NBA teams have rebranded after changing markets.

    • hwatt - May 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      still sucks when a team takes a local name with them elsewhere. Those original names sound awesome.

  3. mogogo1 - May 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Glad to see them back. The original franchise never should have left, but that was just another horrible owner that Stern wouldn’t stand up to.

  4. ninerboi - May 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    magic fan here….actually jealous that I can’t buy any cool new hornets gear because of my Orlando loyalty. Maybe I’ll sneak a t-shirt in

  5. illogic87 - May 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM


  6. illogic87 - May 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    congrats! your team is named after a bug! LOL

    • stevonnesmith - May 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      illogic87, you’re an idiot. Did you even read the first paragraph?? The team is named after the people who stood up for something they believed in and how they acted. I hope you get stung…

  7. tigerpork - May 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    We didn’t miss you at all…

  8. j0esixpack - May 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM


    Hornets and Charlotte are a natural fit – just like Utah is known for it’s fine Jazz and LA is known for it’s pristine lakes.

    All is right in the NBA again

  9. tomtravis76 - May 20, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    If a franchise leaves a city, the name and history should remain in that city in case a franchise does return. No fans really want the records of another city. Look at pro football, arguably one of the greatest qbs ,Johnny unitas, is intertwined in all of the Indy Colts records. George mikan is not an LA laker, don’t the twolves have a statue of Mikan at their arena?

  10. phluffyclouds - May 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Not meh at all – sorry you’re a Hawks fan (or probably something just as meh)


  11. dstroi - May 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    I wonder what Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson, Dell Curry, David Wingate and Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues think about this revelation!

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