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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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You know who isn't the main event in Madison Square Garden? Derek Fisher. Television cameras zoomed in on the Knicks' first-year coach for a brief moment after New York snagged a close, 96-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. The intent of the shot was ostensibly to catch Fisher's excitement in a moment of victory. This was a misstep, of course, considering Lance Stephenson was in the building and all cameras should be trained o ...
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Carmelo Anthony Reaches 20,000 Career Points (VIDEO)

Nov 3 2014 8:20am CST | Source: slamonline

New York Knicks superstar forward Carmelo Anthony became the 40th NBA player of all-time to join the 20,000 points club: Melo swished a three-pointer to reach the historic mark. Anthony’s game-high 28 points led the Knicks as they hung on for a 96-93 win against the visiting Charlotte Hornets: The post Carmelo Anthony Reaches 20,000 Career Points (VIDEO) appeared first ...
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Carmelo Anthony leads Knicks over Hornets 96-93

Nov 2 2014 9:35pm CST | Source: CBSSports.com NBA Basketball News

NEW YORK (AP) On a night when he joined the NBA's 20,000-point club, Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:23 remaining, and the New York Knicks edged the Cha ...
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Lance Stephenson photobombs Derek Fisher, becomes a meme again

Nov 2 2014 9:22pm CST | Source: SBNation

Lance Stephenson of the Charlotte Hornets continues to prove that he's the most meme-worthy player in the NBA right now. When he's not blowing in LeBron's ear he's photobombing Derek Fisher for fun. Wait ... w ...
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Steve Clifford Looking For Better Play, Organization From Lance Stephenson

Nov 2 2014 12:39pm CST | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Lance Stephenson was benched for the entire fourth quarter of the Charlotte Hornets' loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Steve Clifford was cleared frustrated some by Stephenson's play. "I went with the team that was playing the best,” Clifford said, several times pounding the table with his right hand for emphasis. “I’m going to coach to win. He just didn’t play very well. Look, he’s trying to find his rhythm. B ...
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Gasol, Grizz edge Hornets in low-scoring game

Nov 1 2014 8:50pm CDT | Source: CBSSports.com NBA Basketball News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Marc Gasol scored 22 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Charlotte Hornets 71-69 on Saturday night to open 3-0 for the ...
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Cam Newton Spat Up Blood on the Panthers Sidelines

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

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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 Re ...
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