Charlotte Hornets

August 13, 2014

Hornets return with dose of early home games

The NBA schedule, released Wednesday, has the Hornets opening at Time Warner Cable Arena Oct. 29 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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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