Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Michael Jordan confirmed his plans to bring
the past back to the future for the Charlotte Bobcats, with the team owner
and Hall of Famer officially announcing that the team has applied to the NBA
to change its name to the Hornets.
If approved, the switch will take effect for the 2014-15 season, as the league
requires a period of approximately 18 months for such a transition to be
The initial NBA franchise in Charlotte was named the Hornets and resided
in the city from 1988 until moving to New Orleans in 2002. Two years later,
the league awarded the expansion Bobcats to Charlotte.
The Bobcats were able to attempt to take back the Hornets moniker after New
Orleans announced in December it would be changing its nickname to the
Pelicans, with the move made official last month.
"This is a monumental moment for our organization," Jordan said. "After
undergoing an elaborate research process, we recognize that this is what our
fans want. We believe that making this change would not only re-establish one
of the most recognized brands in sports, but would also unify our fan base by
bringing together our loyal Bobcats fans with those who have fond memories of
our city's NBA predecessor. Our fans spoke and we listened."
The Hornets were also more successful than their successor, both on the court
and at the gate. The Hornets made the playoffs in seven of their 14 seasons in
Charlotte and led the NBA in attendance eight times during that stretch.
On the other hand, the Bobcats have reached the playoffs in only one of nine
seasons and established a new NBA low for winning percentage in a single
campaign during 2011-12, when the team went 7-59 in that lockout-shortened
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