Charlotte Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats  

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Expansion in Charlotte

When the original Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans in 2002, the NBA promised Charlotte leaders that the city would be granted an NBA expansion team for the 2004 - 2005 season. On December 18, 2002, a group led by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson was awarded the franchise, allowing him to become the first majority African American owner in U.S. major professional sports.

In June 2003, the team was named the Bobcats. The Charlotte Regional Sports Commission aided with the "Help Name The Team" effort that drew over 1,250 suggestions.

Time Warner Cable Arena

A new arena to host the Bobcats at uptown Charlotte begun its construction on July 2003, and the team would play its home games at the Coliseum until the new building was ready. Despite failed attempts at the ballot box to fully fund the arena, city politicians decided to implement a hotel and leisure tax in Charlotte to help pay for it.

Time Warner Cable Arena originally Charlotte Bobcats Arena and commonly The Hive, Time Warner Arena, or The Cable Box, is an entertainment and sports venue, located in center city Charlotte, North Carolina. It is owned by the city of Charlotte, and operated by the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. It made its grand opening in October 2005 as the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, hosted its first Bobcats game on November 5, 2005.

Michael Jordan's Acquisition of the Franchise

In February 2010, it was reported that Jordan was seeking majority ownership of the Bobcats. As February wore on, it emerged that the leading contenders for the team were Jordan and former Houston Rockets president George Postolos. On February 27, the Bobcats announced that Johnson had reached an agreement with Jordan and his group, MJ Basketball Holdings, to buy the team pending NBA approval. On March 17, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Jordan's purchase, making him the first former player ever to become the majority owner of an NBA team. It also made him the league's only African-American majority owner.

Worst Record in NBA History

In the lockout-shortened season the Bobcats struggled and posted an NBA worst record of 7-59, losing their last 23 games of the season. In a nationally televised game against the New York Knicks the Bobcats recorded yet another loss as their win percentage dropped to .106, setting a new record for the worst season by an NBA team in history. As this season had been shortened by the lockout, the 1972 - 1973 Philadelphia 76ers still hold the record for most losses in a season, with 73.

The Hornets Return

On May 21, 2013, Jordan officially announced the organization had submitted an application to change the name of the franchise to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014 - 2015 NBA season, pending a majority vote for approval by the NBA Board of Governors at a meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 18, 2013. NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Adam Silver had previously said it would take about 18 months for the team to change its name, but pointed out the fact that the league owns the rights to the Hornets name could speed up the process. The New Orleans Hornets had recently changed their name to the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2013 - 2014 NBA season. On July 18, 2013, the NBA announced that it had unanimously approved the decision for the Charlotte Bobcats to take on the Hornets name. The change will take place after the 2013 - 2014 season.

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Team Information Team History


Bobcats - The three finalists in the name-the-team contest for Charlotte's 2004 expansion franchise were Bobcats, Dragons, and Flight. Bobcats CEO Ed Tapscott: "I think the athleticism of the feline species plays well with the NBA concept," he said. "Bobcats are indigenous to western North Carolina. It has not been used in a pro-sports environment."

Time Warner Cable Arena
2005 - 2013
Charlotte Coliseum
2004 - 2005

Michael Jordan
2010 - present
Robert L. Johnson
2004 - 2010

Established: 2004

League History:
National Basketball Association 
2004 - present

Team History:
Charlotte Hornets
2014 - present
Charlotte Bobcats
2004 - 2013

NBA Championships: 0

Retired Numbers:

Mascots: 2004 - 2013
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