The Return of the “Hornets” to CharlotteOn 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 on July 18, 2013. The NBA announced, on July 18, 2013, ...
Bobcats changed their name to the HornetsTo restate and clarify a confusing series of events: after the 2002 season, the original Hornets moved to New Orleans. In 2004, Charlotte was granted a new franchise, the Bobcats. After the 2013 – 2014 season, the Bobcats changed their name to the Hornets and reclaimed the history and records of the 1988 – 2002 Hornets. As a result, the ...
History of the Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The franchise was founded in 1988 and is currently part of the Eastern Conference's Southeast Division. The Hornets have been an integral part of the NBA since their inception, making several playoff appearances and even reaching the playoffs during their inaugural season. Throughout its history, the team has featured some of basketball’s most legendary players including Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, and Muggsy Bogues among others.
The original incarnation of the Hornets played from 1988-2002 before they relocated to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in the 2002–03 season where they became known as New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons (2005–07). During this time period under head coach Paul Silas led by Baron Davis – who averaged 20 points per game over his three years with them -the Hornet had made it to two consecutive postseasons (2001 & 2002) but were unable to make it past round one both times due to injuries or lack thereof depth on the roster at that time. Following another relocation back home after the 2005-06 campaign, Charlotte Bobcats took over for the next four seasons until the name reverted back again to the “Hornets” prior 2014-15 campaign.
Since then, the current version has seen much success while playing under Head Coach Steve Clifford with Kemba Walker leading way as he averages 22 points per game alongside Nicolas Batum who provides valuable support off the bench averaging 13 ppg & 5 assists per contest respectively. With solid core pieces such as these plus other key contributors like Marvin Williams & Cody Zeller, it appears that the future looks bright for this squad which could very well lead them deep into the postseason come springtime if all goes according to plan.
2004 - Present / National Basketball Association
2014 - Present / Charlotte Hornets
2004 - 2013 / Charlotte Bobcats
Hornets - In 2014, Charlotte Bobcats reclaimed the original nickname of "Hornets," which moved to New Orleans in 2002. The New Orleans Hornets decided to change their nickname to the "Pelicans." The name Hornets was derived from the city's fierce resistance to British occupation during the Revolutionary War, which prompted the British commander, Lord Cornwallis, to refer to it as "a veritable nest of hornets." Read the complete story of the original nickname Hornets.
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2017 - Present / Spectrum Center
2008 - 2016 / Time Warner Cable Arena
2005 - 2008 / Charlotte Bobcats Arena
2004 - 2005 / Charlotte Coliseum
2010 - Present / Michael Jordan
2004 - 2010 / Robert L. Johnson
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13 / Bobby Phills
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