Now, most people that follow the NBA understand what the Hornets and the city of Charlotte have been through since the end of the 2002 season. Here’s a quick rundown between then and now.
The Hornets migrated south to New Orleans and the Bobcats took over Charlotte in 2004. In 2012, ownership changed in New Orleans. The new owner, Tom Benson (owner of NFL’s New Orleans Saints), oddly changed the team name from “Hornets” to “Pelicans” (Louisiana state bird) for the start of 2013-14 season. As a result, this ultimately made the Hornets a free-agent. Since the Bobcats were never a big hit in Charlotte, like the Hornets were in the 90’s, Owner Michael Jordan decided to ask the NBA for the name back, in hopes to revitalize a once promising basketball town. NBA approved the name change for the 2014-15 season, thus, keeping the name “Hornets” out of basketball for only one season (2013-14).
The teal and purple, which was replaced by a weird orange and blue color combination and an even weirder team name, is finally back home. Here are the top 5 games to watch:
1) Miami Heat on November 5th 2014 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
Defending Eastern Conference Champions and the team that swept the Bobcats in 4 games in the first round of last year’s playoffs is a must watch.
2) Golden State Warriors on November 28th 2014 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
Always a good time when local product Stephen Curry comes home, plus this time it really is against the team daddy (Dell Curry) used to play for!
3) Cleveland Cavaliers on January 2nd 2015 ( Time Warner Cable Arena)
The return of King James to the Cavs and a must watch Lance Stephenson reunion that every is going to want to see.
4) Minnesota Timberwolves on January 19th 2015 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
MLK is a great day for the NBA and a good day for daytime basketball and the Hornets get the honor of hosting on the special day!
5) Toronto Raptors on April 8th 2015 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
This is the first of two ESPN Wednesday night basketball games that the Hornets will play in.