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NBA Owners Approve Bobcats' Name Change to Hornets in 2014-15
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NBA Owners Approve Bobcats' Name Change to Hornets in 2014-15

Jul 18 2013, 10:42pm CDT | by

The NBA owners unanimously approved the Charlotte Bobcats' name change to the Charlotte Hornets beginning the 2014-15 NBA season.

The Hornets are back in Charlotte, N.C. A unanimous vote of NBA owners at the summer meeting on Thursday in Las Vegas cleared the way for the Bobcats to change their name to the Hornets monicker...

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NBA Owners Approve Bobcats' Name Change to Hornets in 2014-15

Jul 18 2013, 10:42pm CDT | by

The NBA owners unanimously approved the Charlotte Bobcats' name change to the Charlotte Hornets beginning the 2014-15 NBA season.

The Hornets are back in Charlotte, N.C.

A unanimous vote of NBA owners at the summer meeting on Thursday in Las Vegas cleared the way for the Bobcats to change their name to the Hornets monicker beginning the 2014-15 season. The change was triggered by New Orleans owner Tom Benson whose team carried the name "Hornets" when it moved to Louisiana from North Carolina in 2002. Benson wanted something more appropriate for his team and the new nickname for New Orleans' NBA squad - "Pelicans" was eventually approved.  

This paved the way for Charlotte owner Michael Jordan to change his team's name. He then requested that the Bobcats' name be changed to Hornets in May. Benson's ownership group made a push for the approval. 

Jordan expressed thrill at the turn of events. 

"We're thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas. 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 diretion of our business and the return of the Hornets' name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!"

Ironically, NBA Commissioner David Stern didn't take the idea seriously when he first found out about Charlotte fans clamoring for the name change, per USA Today Sports

"I sort of laughed at it, initially. You know, it is what it is, get over it." 

Now that the Hornets will be back in Charlotte, the current Bobcats team thanked the Bensons to the extent they are making a contribution to the Pelicans' Gulf Coast preservation fund, writes the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell. 

Bonnell also adds former Charlotte Hornets Dell Curry, Muggsy Bogues, Rex Chapman, Kelly Tripucka and Kendall Gill joined a rally at the EpiCentre in the city's downtown in anticipation of the approval. 

Now the logicstics challenge of a changeover in team merchandise, logos and signage outside Time Warner Cable Arena officially begins. 

 

 
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Report Card Grades for Indiana Pacers' 2014 Offseason So Far

Jul 25 2014 4:45am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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The Indiana Pacers' 2014 offseason has been an interesting one.  From letting Evan Turner go, getting several new players and failing to re-sign Lance Stephenson (who signed with the Charlotte Hornets), Pacers president Larry Bird has had his hands full.  Now, the Indiana Pacers—Eastern Conference Finalists and Central Division champions for the past two years—are a team in transition. Will their current offseason moves allow them to remain NBA title contenders? Indiana has not m ...
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Bird: Pacers Did What We Could To Keep Stephenson

Jul 21 2014 10:04am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

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The Indiana Pacers' best offer for Lance Stephenson was reportedly $44 million over five years, but his camp was searching for a $55 million contract. Stephenson eventually agreed upon a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. "I really feel bad about losing him,'' Larry Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was commit ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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Bird On Lance’s Departure: “I’m Going To Miss The Kid”

Jul 21 2014 9:30am CDT | Source: dime mag

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Lance Stephenson decided to sign a three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets last week, instead of accepting a longer term contract the Pacers were offering. The decision surprised Larry Bird, who is disappointed to lose his starting shooting guard. Via Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star, Stephenson turned down a five-year, $44 million offer from […] The post Bird On Lance’s Departure: “I’m Going To Miss The Kid” appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, ...
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Larry Bird on Lance Stephenson: ‘I Really Feel Bad About Losing Him’

Jul 21 2014 9:15am CDT | Source: slamonline

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Lance Stephenson turned down a $44 million offer from the Indiana Pacers, for a shorter and less lucrative deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Pacers president Larry Bird still hasn’t gotten over Born Ready’s stunning departure. Per USA Today: Stephenson’s people wanted more, wanted $12 million to $14 million from the Pacers, according to the team’s president. They were looking for a $55 million contract. When the offer came in at $44 million, ...
Source: slamonline   Full article at: slamonline
 

 
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Lance Stephenson Should Probably Stop Making Ear Blowing Jokes If He Wants To Not Be Known As An Ear Blower

Jul 18 2014 4:10pm CDT | Source: SportsGrid

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Lance Stephenson was introduced as a new member of the Charlotte Hornets today, and at his press conference he addressed one of the most important moments of his career so far (like it or not): the ear-blowing incident. Via ESPN: “I feel like it overshadowed my play on the court,” Stephenson said. “I bring more to the table than just blowing in someone’s ear. I’m a great player.” Fair enough. Crazy how one moment can overshadow a career year. If only ...
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Noah Vonleh on Where He Fits into Michael Jordan's Vision

Jul 18 2014 11:26am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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The Charlotte Hornets will look to build on a promising season that concluded in a playoff berth, adding Lance Stephenson and selecting big man Noah Vonleh in the NBA draft. How does the forward out of Indiana hope to fit on Michael Jordan's young squad? Vonleh sits down with Jared Zwerling to give his thoughts on adapting to MJ's Hornets ...
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How To Watch Japanese Sensation Yuki Togashi In Today’s Las Vegas NBA Summer League

Jul 18 2014 11:21am CDT | Source: SportsGrid

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The 5’7″ Japanese point guard has ignited interest in the 2014 NBA Las Vegas Summer League after scoring 12 points in 11 minutes against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Today, he plays in his final game as he attempts to make the Mavericks roster. Can he make enough of an impact to sway the Mavs to sign him? We’ll see. One thing seems certain, though: Fans absolutely LOVE this dude. “Sometimes it gets kinda too much,” Yuki ...
Source: SportsGrid   Full article at: SportsGrid
 

 
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Rodney Stuckey to Join the Indiana Pacers

Jul 17 2014 9:20am CDT | Source: slamonline

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According to multiple published reports, the Indiana Pacers are in the process of inking free agent guard Rodney Stuckey on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum. Per the Detroit News: After seven years and six coaches, Rodney Stuckey has moved on from the Pistons, signing with the Indiana Pacers.   Signing Stuckey could turn out to be a bargain for the Pacers after free agent Lance Stephenson signed with the Charlotte Hornets early Wednesday morning.   Stuckey can play both guard posit ...
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Drake Blowing In Lance Stephen’s Ear Is The Only Thing That Matters Anymore

Jul 17 2014 8:42am CDT | Source: SportsGrid

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Under normal circumstances, this might have been grounds for an ass kicking. But considering that he just signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, everything is gravy for L-Steve right now. Even this weird reenactment of his famous LeBron distraction tactic. In all honesty, Stephenson’s antics in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals showed just how committed he is to winning — maybe too committed — and made him a more desirable commodity this ...
Source: SportsGrid   Full article at: SportsGrid
 

 

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