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Old 04-11-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Default Bobcats Could Announce Name Change 4/17

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The New Orleans Hornets will become the Pelicans next season, leaving the Hornets nickname as somewhat of a free agent.

The Charlotte Bobcats are holding a "town hall" meeting Monday with season-ticket holders, one that will include NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver.

Two days later, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan's company, Jordan Brand, is re-releasing some purple and teal gear and sneakers that harken back to the old Charlotte Hornets.

The Bobcats have reportedly invited some to a Wednesday event, tied to the season finale against Cleveland, to "discuss the Bobcats' future," and Thursday the team will host an open house.

Two fan blogs are reading the tea leaves of all this and coming to the conclusion that the team has decided to change its nickname back to the Charlotte Hornets, the name the city's NBA expansion franchise took in 1988 and held until 2001, when the Hornets bolted for New Orleans after failing to get a new arena.

And while "Bring Back the Buzz" notes that this could all be "one giant, big, huge, coincidence," Bleacher Report goes far enough to suggest that the sneaker release is a sign Jordan and the Bobcats front office have made up their mind.

Except they're saying they haven't. A Bobcats source told The Observer on Wednesday that nothing is "imminent" on a possible name change.

Not that it won't ever happen. Jordan, and the franchise leadership, might well decide a change is well worth the $3 million cost. But they might not. Some argue that the Bobcats, who have the NBA's worst record, can improve their financial situation more by winning consistently, regardless of the nickname.

The team has yet to make public the results of its scientific survey of ticketholders and others, which is almost certain to be more evenly split than the unscientific landslides -- including the ones we have measured at charlotteobserver.com -- touted by name-change supporters.

But there isn't a name-change announcement scheduled for next week.

Incidentally, if you want to read tea leaves, the first 5,000 fans Monday receive Bobcats jersey coolers from Sprite. If they announced a name change Wednesday, would those be retro-cool by next Thursday?
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Please make it "Charlotte Hornets" and bring back the legendary teal (with purple)!

Didn't even read the article. Just wanted to express my enthusiasm.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #4
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Default Re: Bobcats Could Announce Name Change 4/17

please please please let this happen, only good would come of this. charlotte gets their history back, the whole NBA would be happy to see the old, more respectable franchise return, and the disaster known as the Bobcats is wiped out and eventually forgotten if the fresh start Hornets get off on a better foot.
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please please please let this happen, only good would come of this. charlotte gets their history back, the whole NBA would be happy to see the old, more respectable franchise return, and the disaster known as the Bobcats is wiped out and eventually forgotten if the fresh start Hornets get off on a better foot.


Well they're bound to be better. They're looking at possibly 4 draft picks in the first round and almost $20 million under the cap if they amnesty Tyrus Thomas.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:32 PM   #6
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For the love of God, please become the Hornets again.
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Default Re: Bobcats Could Announce Name Change 4/17

I'm kind of surprised this is getting such a small amount of play here. I suppose it'll get more attention if the name change actually comes to fruition. I am very hopeful this comes to pass.

Bring back the honey comb!

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Let me be the first to say that Bob Johnson sucks at pretty much everything, except making money.

The team should have ditched any connection with him a long time ago.
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If they change it to Bullets I'm gonna be upset.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:15 PM   #12
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Default Re: Bobcats Could Announce Name Change 4/17

Carolina Flight. Always should have been.

But I'll settle for the Hornets.
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Default Re: Bobcats Could Announce Name Change 4/17

Not to play semantics, but they can't change the name "back" to the Hornets, seeing as it never was the Hornets in the first place.
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Default Re: Bobcats Could Announce Name Change 4/17

Let me see if I'm getting this right. The Charlotte Hornets move to New Orleans to become the New Orleans Hornets. Then drop the name to become the New Orleans Pelicans.

Then an expansion team comes to Charlotte to fill the void and name themselves the Bobcats only to rename themselves the 'Hornets'...

Talk about playing a game of musical chairs. As my grandfather used to say, "OY VEY'
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:55 PM   #15
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How is Carolina and Hornets related? State insect or what?
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