Hornets nickname returns to Charlotte NBA franchise on Tuesday

Observer Staff ReportsMay 16, 2014 

The NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats will officially become the Hornets on Tuesday, the team announced. The name change was appoved by the NBA in 2013.

The Hornets nickname has a long history in Charlotte, referring to the city’s reputation during the Revolutionary War as a “hornet’s nest of rebellion.” The original NBA franchise in the city, which began play in 1988, was the Hornets.

When that franchise moved to New Orleans after the 2001-02 season, the Hornets nickname went with it. New Orleans’ rebranding before last season to the Pelicans left the nickname available.

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