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Charlotte Bobcats Get Permission To Change Name To Hornets, Will Still Suck Anyway

The Charlotte Bobcats will be given permission by the NBA today to change their name to the Hornets, according to a report by the Charlotte Observer. This is big news, mostly because there’s literally no sports going on today, but before we get into the story, I’ll provide a brief history lesson.

The “Charlotte Hornets” was the name of a fairly successful NBA franchise, which was essentially run out of town when owner George Shinn was accused of kidnapping and rape by a local woman. There was never a trial, but his lawyer said of the married Shinn’s encounter with the accuser: “They met, she gave him a blowjob, she left.” So he’s a great guy and I can’t understand for one second why the city of Charlotte hated him and took it out on the Hornets by not buying tickets.

There was also an issue with a potential new arena in Charlotte. Their digs were outdated and lacked the large number of luxury boxes that most modern arenas and stadiums have. Shinn wanted the city to build him a new arena without having to pay a cent and threatened to move the team otherwise. They almost listened, but when the arena referendum was ultimately rejected, Shinn applied to the league for a move to New Orleans.

That team is now known as the New Orleans Pelicans, since they probably don’t have any hornets in New Orleans. The Bobcats replaced the Hornets in Charlotte soon after as an NBA expansion team, as part of a promise that the league made to the city. The Bobcats did, in fact, get a new arena in Charlotte, a city where it can not be confirmed that there are actual bobcats since nobody knows what those are.

The “Charlotte Hornets” name holds some lofty expectations. The Hornets played in Charlotte for 14 years, making the playoffs nine times, all in their last ten years in the city. They made it to the Eastern Conference finals once and to the conference semifinals six times. They had some very solid players over those years in Larry Johnson, Glen Rice, Dell Curry, and Alonzo Mourning, among others.

Their replacement, the Bobcats, have struggled immensely. They have finished in either fourth or fifth in their division every season. They have one winning season in nine years. They set the record for lowest single-season winning percentage in 2011 when they went 7-59 during a lockout-shortened season, winning just over 10 percent of their games. They followed that up in 2012 with their second-least wins ever in a full season with 21. To put it short: they suck.

So now that they’re going to be changing their name to the Hornets, one wonders if they’re trying to get some of that good mojo to rub off and actually help them become a decent basketball team. I mean, the last team to play as the Charlotte Hornets was pretty good, so why can’t they be too? It makes perfect sense and I don’t see any reason that it shouldn’t work. But really though, they’re still going to be horrible and will be a disgrace to the Hornets name.

And now on to more important things: that old Hornets logo, which can be seen on the picture above. You know it. You loved it. You still love it. You have a friend who wears an old-school Charlotte Hornets hat way too often. Alright, maybe that’s just me. But the point is, the logo was awesome and it would be a shame if the new Hornets didn’t at the very least design an updated version of the old look instead of going in a completely new direction.

What are your thoughts about the name change? Let us know in the comments below.

  • ?

    This article is shit

  • Zach Berger

    Thank you.

  • ssm50

    Terrible article

  • Ed White

    Your first sentence has the Bobcats changing their name to … the Bobcats! I think you meant to the Hornets.

  • Montana

    Come on… step up the writing game. You can’t even get the first part out of the gate without messing up. “The Charlotte Bobcats will be given permission by the NBA today to change their name to the Bobcats”

  • Your Daddy

    “The Charlotte Bobcats will be given permission by the NBA today to change their name to the Bobcats”…… Zach Berger you’re not very smart….#EpicFail

  • Zach Berger

    Thank you.

  • Zach Berger

    I certainly did. Thanks for the heads up. It’s fixed.

  • Stinger

    Sorry, but I have to disagree with you. The team, regardless of mascot, will be much better than last year. I qualify that statement/prediction with the qualifier that no one gets hurt/disqualified from playing that is on the roster today.

    The building that is currently going on will pay dividends this year and in years to come. I predict that the W-L ratio for this year will approach a minimum of 40% in the WIN column with well over 50% for the 2014-2015 season.

    Further, I’ll go out on a limb and predict that perhaps not the 2014-2015 Season, but the Season thereafter will see the Hornets in the playoffs.

    It’s a GREAT time to be Charlotte – the proverbial Hornets Nest.


  • Zach Berger

    Bzzzzzzzzz right back at you.

  • Amy

    Hey, I know I’m six months out, but I found this article when I was searching for an explanation to the whole “Pelicans” thing (what a silly name. How ferocious are Pelicans?) I thought this article was entertaining, with great info. Then I saw the comments of a couple of the posters here and wanted to throw in my two cents. So: well done, Zach! I’ll be looking for more of your stuff.

  • Randy McGuire

    Jordan is changing the name to the hornets for the sake of merchandise sale and to make Charlotte happy. Basically, Jordan is trying everything to improve the team except for firing himself for being an incompetent ass. He is the reason this team blows, and firing coaches, changing the logo colors or team name as well as drafting shitty players is only making him look worse. No Jordan=possibly successful team.

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