By Jazmine Smith

Charlotte Bobcats owner, NBA legend Michael Jordan, announced on Tuesday that he had submitted forms to have his team’s name changed to the ‘Hornets’. The original Hornets team, who entered the NBA in 1988 as an expansion franchise, relocated to New Orleans in 2002.  The team remained in Charlotte for 14 seasons. Immediately following the close of this past 2012-2013 season, the New Orleans Hornets became the New Orleans Pelicans under their new owner Tom Benson; leaving the ‘Hornets’ moniker available for use. After the relocation of the original Charlotte Hornets, the city of Charlotte was promised an NBA expansion team. Robert Johnson was awarded the franchise in 2002, with rapper Nelly becoming a notable co-owner. The team officially joined the NBA in 2004. Michael Jordan went on to purchase the team in 2010.

In their nine year franchise history, the Charlotte Bobcats have finished with a winning record once and have made just one playoff appearance. On the other hand, the Charlotte Hornets finished with a winning record eight times and made the playoffs seven times during their 14 seasons. That being mentioned, it goes without saying that the Charlotte Hornets were among the more popular franchises at one time, with notable stars including Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry to name a few. Will the new name change and young talents like Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, help the modern Charlotte Hornets “bring the buzz” back to Charlotte?

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