The Hornets haven’t been in Charlotte since 2002, but there’s a movement afoot to get the name back for the city.
The Hornets became North Carolina’s first team in a major professional sports league when they joined the NBA in 1988. The team, with its vibrant teal and purple colors, enjoyed enormous popularity in the early seasons as fans flocked to the Charlotte Coliseum.
But the unpopularity of owner George Shinn, and the trade of Alonzo Mourning, led to disinterest in the franchise. The team moved to New Orleans in 2002 and retained the Hornets name.
Now, though, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has bought the team and he may change the name. That has raised the question of whether the Charlotte Bobcats – a floundering franchise named for original owner Bob Johnson – could gain the Hornets name.
In November, Jordan told The Charlotte Observer, "We would definitely entertain the opportunity. That's as much as we can say right now. We've heard the community ask the question, and we would listen."
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