Hornets return with dose of early home games

08/13/2014 4:00 PM

08/14/2014 12:52 AM

The new-look Charlotte Hornets will play their first regular-season game at home Oct. 29 against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Observer confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Also, the Hornets will host the Memphis Grizzlies Nov. 1 in their first season re-branded from their original Bobcats identity.

The NBA will release all 30 teams’ regular-season schedules at around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Bobcats received permission from the league to rebrand as the Hornets, Charlotte’s original NBA franchise. They’ll start the upcoming season with a teal-and-purple color scheme for uniforms, playing surface and signage.

Based on recent history, the Hornets should have a strong chance to open 1-0. The Bobcats won their last five games against the Bucks, sweeping the 2013-14 series 4-0.

The Bucks are rebuilding around former Duke star Jabari Parker, who Milwaukee drafted second overall. Meanwhile the Hornets/Bobcats are looking to reach the playoffs for the second straight season. The Bobcats went 43-39 last season, the first coached by Steve Clifford.

The Bucks game will also be the regular-season debut for new Hornets Lance Stephenson, Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston.

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