Posts Tagged With: Charlotte Hornets

NBA Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the day set aside to honor one of America’s most iconic leaders: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was one of the many civil rights leaders fighting for the rights of not just African Americans, but minorities in general, as he also worked with other leaders like Caesar Chavez. Though King is long gone, his legacy lives on and the NBA continues honor and remember that legacy.

On Friday, the association posted a video titled, “NBA/MLK: Barrier Breakers.” The video details many NBA players who have made history in the NBA, beginning with Chuck Cooper, the first African American man drafted by an NBA team (Boston Celtics) in 1950. Because of him and Walter Brown, the Celtics owner at that time, others were able to follow suit. In 2013, over 60 years later, 76.3 percent of the players were African American and 81 percent were people of color.

Today, NBA teams and players have taken to social media to express their admiration and respect for King, consisting of various tweets and tribute videos. On top of this, the association has a full lineup of games throughout the day in lieu of the holiday. Charlotte Hornets players wore warm-up shirts in an effort to celebrate King’s life.

Here’s the MLK Day schedule (times are EST):

  • Minnesota Timberwolves at Charlotte Hornets currently being aired on NBA League Pass.
  • Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards also currently being aired on NBA League Pass.
  • Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks at 2:30 p.m. to be aired on ESPN.
  • Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers at 3:30 p.m. to be aired on NBA League Pass.
  • Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors 4 p.m. to be aired on NBA League Pass.
  • Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies at 5 p.m. on NBATV.
  • Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets at 5:30 p.m. to be aired on NBA League Pass.
  • New Orleans Pelicans at New York Knicks at 5:30 p.m. to be aired on NBA League Pass.
  • Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. to be aired on TNT.
  • Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks at 8 p.m. to be aired on NBA League Pass.
  • Sacramento Kings at Portland Trail Blazers at 10 p.m. to be aired on NBA League Pass.
  • Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns at 10 p.m. to be aired on TNT.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to everyone! May we not only honor him in word and holiday, but strive to continue the work he started by treating everyone equally and seek to tear down barriers.

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Bobcats out, Hornets back in

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.

 

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