The Charlotte Hornets will show off their new name, colors and uniform at home in four of their first six regular-season games.
The NBA schedule, released Wednesday, has the Hornets opening at Time Warner Cable Arena Oct. 29 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Three of their next five are also at home, against the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks.
The league was expected to have the Hornets at home a lot early to help promote the rebranding from the Bobcats to the Hornets. The NBA approved a switch to the name of Charlotte’s original NBA team, which the now-New Orleans franchise discarded for the Pelicans last season.
After that low-maintenance first 10 days (the Hornets will be off two days between the opener and their second game against the Grizzlies), the travel becomes heavy. The Hornets have a four-game West Coast trip that starts Nov. 9 against the Los Angeles Lakers and ends Nov. 15 at the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors game is the first of two the first month against former Davidson star Stephen Curry. Curry and the Warriors are at Time Warner Cable Arena Nov. 28. Curry, whose father, Dell, is the Hornets’ all-time leading scorer, plays just once a season in Charlotte.