Charlotte Hornets here we come

In a move that was highly anticipated since the New Orleans Hornets changed to the Pelicans, the NBA has made it official. The Hornets will officially be back in Charlotte. Their teal jerseys and team colors were among the post popular in the 90s and some of the best players to ever play in Charlotte played under that moniker. This will take effect after next season, meaning the 2014-15 NBA season. The fans were excited. The team was a lot more successful  under this name than the Bobcats. The team had the nickname “Buzz City” as in the buzz from Hornets. Before this move was made official, the team made a website titled:

This move was made official yesterday and all sorts of festivals were going on in Charlotte. MJ stated before he wanted to “bring the buzz back” and it has happened.  To see what Jordan had to say now: “We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” Jordan said. “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!”

Here is an interesting nugget on how the team got it’s name in the first place:

“The Hornets nickname in Charlotte dates back to the Revolutionary War, when British General Charles Cornwallis compared the resistance in Charlotte to a hornet’s nest. It has been used in sports by a minor league baseball team (1901-73), an upstart football league team (1974-75) and the city’s first NBA franchise.” -The Charlotte Observer

What do you think of the name change? Will it effect their performance on the court? It certainly will bring in more fans to the stadium.


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