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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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Assembling the Atlanta Hawks’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Aug 29 2014 5:56pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

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The Charlotte Hornets’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Aug 29 2014 8:24am CDT | Source: Rant Sports

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Rockets Unlikely To Acquire Ramon Sessions

Aug 28 2014 4:39pm CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

The Houston Rockets have limited interest in Ramon Sessions. Chances of the Rockets acquiring Sessions is "unlikely." Houston currently has Patrick Beverley, Isaiah Canaan, Ish Smith and Troy Daniels in the point guard rotation. Sessions played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets last s ...
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2014 Hawks preseason schedule

Aug 22 2014 2:17pm CDT | Source: inside hoops

The Atlanta Hawks today announced the seven-game 2014 preseason schedule, which includes contests at Philips Arena against the New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets. The Hawks play host to the Pelicans on Monday, Oct. 6 (7:30 p.m.), the Pistons on Saturday, Oct. 18 (7:30 p.m.) and ...
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Ranking the Best 10 Acquisitions in LA Lakers History

Aug 22 2014 6:32am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

For the sake of clarity, the selections included here are free-agent signings and trades by the Los Angeles Lakers but not draft picks or draft day trades. And for those who feel compelled to howl in protest because Kobe Bryant is not part of this—take a deep soothing breath. The Mamba would be listed here in a heartbeat except for the fact that he was selected by the Charlotte Hornets on behalf of t ...
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Michael Jordan takes the ice bucket challenge

Aug 20 2014 6:40pm CDT | Source: inside hoops

Here’s the Charlotte Observer reporting on yet another famous person who has dumped very cold water on their head for a good cause: Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge, going the extra mile and donating money as well as taking an ice bath. David Beckham, Ra ...
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Bismack Biyombo Takes Ice Bucket Challenge On Hornets Instagram, Drops F-Bomb

Aug 20 2014 10:20am CDT | Source: SportsGrid

“I accept the ALS ‘ice bucket challenge’ and I’m now nominating Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, and M.K.G AHHHH FUCK!” - Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets In other news, Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan had a bunch of ice cubes dumped on his bald head, choosing to nominate Phil Jackson and the rest of the 1992 Dream Team. We’re just curious if Stockton will pour the bucket over Malone’s ...
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Utah Jazz 2014-15 Player Profile: Gordon Hayward

Aug 17 2014 5:05pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

Gordon Hayward became a rich man over this summer. After a bidding war between the Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets, Hayward was able to secure four $63 million max contract to return to the Jazz. Some may think the Jazz overpaid for Hayward, but her ...
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Portland Submits Bid For NBA All-Star Game

Aug 17 2014 9:54am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of three teams to submit a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Game. "It's going to be the biggest event from a sports perspective hosted in Oregon's history, I think," Blazers' president Chris McGowan said. The Charlotte Hornets have also submitted a bid, along with a third unnamed team. Portland recently hosted a hugely succesful MLS Al ...
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Larry Bird On Pacers This Season: “We’ll Do Our Best To Make The Playoffs”

Aug 13 2014 11:45am CDT | Source: dime mag

After losing Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets in free agency and with Paul George likely out for the season, the Pacers are nobody’s favorites to win the East this season. In fact, it’s not far fetched to imagine a scenario where they miss the playoffs entirely. However, Larry Bird is confident in his team […] The post Larry Bird On Pacers This Season: “We’ll Do Our Best To Make The Playoff ...
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