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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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Cam Newton Spat Up Blood on the Panthers Sidelines

Oct 30 2014 8:12pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

  Cam Newton was shown spitting up blood on the sidelines of tonight’s Panthers-Saints game. The quarterback bit his tongue in discomfort: It’s not 100% clear, but the cause may have been this hit from Saints safety Vinnie Sunseri:   Related: Cam Newton Wore Charlotte Hornets Cleats in Panthers Warm-Ups Related: Cam Newton Wore a Lilac Suit and Capris at His Postgame Presser Related: Cam Newton Cologne Ad Eli ...
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Cam Newton Wore Charlotte Hornets Cleats in Panthers Warm-Ups

Oct 30 2014 7:41pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Kinda lost in all the hubbub about Florida State and LeBron is the Thursday Night Football game between Carolina and New Orleans. Cam Newton rocked some Under Armour Charlotte Hornets cleats and Beats By Dre headphones with the logo covered up. Here’s a close-up of the kicks: Related: Cam Newton Wore a Lilac Suit and Capris at His Postgame Presser Related: Cam Newton Cologne Ad Elicits Zoolander Imagery Related: Cam Newton to Steve Smith ...
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#TBT: Jamal Mashburn

Oct 30 2014 10:35am CDT | Source: slamonline

I’m not sure if Jamal Mashburn is part of Charlotte Hornets lore or New Orleans Pelicans lore (I think it’s technically both), but either way his old squad(s) came up big this week. Anthony Davis kicked off the season with a ridiculous 9-block effort against the Magic, and the revived Hornets won on a buzzer-beater last night. In honor of the respective 1-0 starts, I present to you Mash dropping ...
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Michael Jordan Reacts to Kemba Walker's Overtime-Forcing 3-Pointer

Oct 30 2014 9:51am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Kemba Walker was on another level Wednesday night. Not only did the Charlotte Hornets point guard hit a clutch three-point shot to force overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks, he followed it up by hitting the game-winner. Walker's overtime-forcing three even impressed his boss, Michael Jordan.[Instagr ...
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Kemba Walker is Clutch: Forces OT, Then Hits Game-Winner

Oct 29 2014 9:01pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Kemba Walker made the shot that forced overtime with a second left in regulation. Then he made the game-winner with 5-seconds left in overtime. It was basically the same shot he hit at Madison Square Garden back in his Connecticut days. The *new* Charlotte Hornets have never lost a game. Kemba finished with 26 points on 26 shots. Kobe w ...
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Watch Kemba Walker Hit Game-Tying 3 In 4Q, Winning Jumper In Overtime

Oct 29 2014 8:45pm CDT | Source: dime mag

The new-look Charlotte Hornets once trailed the Milwaukee Bucks by 24 points midway through the third quarter on Wednesday. Maybe they just wanted to keep things interesting on opening night? Led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Lance Stephenson, and Al Jefferson, Charlotte came buzzing back to finally tie the young Bucks late in the fourth quarter – on […] The post Watch Kemba Walker Hit Game-Tying 3 In 4Q, Winning Jumper In Overtime appeared first on Dime Mag ...
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Kemba Walker drills 3-point shot to force overtime

Oct 29 2014 8:37pm CDT | Source: SBNation

"Walker with a three to tie ... yes!" Kemba Walker wasn't going to let the Charlotte Hornets' first game back, and snazzy tuxedo event, go to waste without a fight. He drilled a 27-foot three-point shot to send their game against the Milwaukee Bucks to overtime: Maybe someone from the Milwaukee Bucks should have, you know, defended him instead of just letting him stroll up to drain a wide-open shot. That capped off an incredible ...
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dunks, throws mouthpiece at referee

Oct 29 2014 7:19pm CDT | Source: SBNation

What'd the ref ever to do you, MKG? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn't just start the season with a new shooting form, but a new dunk celebration to go with it. He jammed home a nice dunk in transition and proceeded to toss his mouthpiece at a referee: I guess when you've got those fancy new teal and purple Charlotte Hornets jerseys you start doing whatever you want, even if it's complete unsanitary. ...
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Horents Exercise Rookie Options On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller

Oct 29 2014 7:14pm CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

The Charlotte Hornets have exercised their fourth-year option on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on forward Cody Zeller. “We are excited to keep both of these young talents as part of our core for another season,” Rich Cho said in a statement. “We have been very pleased with their improvement and look forward to seeing them continue to grow alongside the great group of guys we have in our locker room.” The second overa ...
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