After many efforts made by Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, the official team name will change back to the Charlotte Hornets. David Stern, the NBA Commissioner, announced that the Board of Governors approved this change. It will go into effect starting in the 2014-2015 NBA season.
“Hornets” was the original franchise name in 1988 and moved to New Orleans in 2002. Two years later, the NBA allowed for a Charlotte team again as a franchise expansion. This time, it was named the Bobcats.
After New Orleans Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans, Jordan decided to act. In May, he began making efforts to get the “Hornets” name back, saying that he wanted to “bring the buzz back.”
“The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched,” Jordan said. “With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and return of our Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!”
The change may also mean that the team will have more success on the court.
As the Hornets, Charlotte made the playoffs in half of their seasons, went to the playoffs four of those seven times and had a winning record eight times. As the Bobcats, however, Charlotte made the playoffs only once during their nine-year franchise.