Brad Simmons

Bobcats going back in time moving forward

Posted May 20, 2013
Updated May 21, 2013

As an adult, when everyday life and frustrations bog me down, I’ll throw on some 80s tunes and that takes me back to a simpler time when I was in elementary and middle school and didn’t have a care in the world. No bills, no jobs, just get up, go to school and go outside and play. But when the music stops, it’s still 2013 and I have bills and jobs and no time to play.

The Charlotte Bobcats are doing the exact same thing. The Bobcats have the worst record in the league over the last two seasons. So they want to go back to the old days when the franchise was known as the Charlotte Hornets.

I remember going to Hornets games as a kid with my mom and dad, and those are some of my favorite memories. We’re talking Kelly Tripuka, Muggsy Bouges, Dell Curry to Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice. Coaches like Dick Harter, (giggity), Allan Bristow and Dave Cowens roamed the benches. The old Charlotte Coliseum was rocking every night, and the franchise led the league in attendance in many of those years.

Unfortunately the battle between ownership and the city led to that team leaving for New Orleans.

Pro basketball has been back in Charlotte for nine seasons now, but the success and fan support of those early years has not returned to the Queen City. That’s not all the fault of the Bobcats. I truly think the league doesn’t have the same following as it did in the 1980s and 90s. Stars jump from team to team, strikes, lockouts and arena deals tend to get in the way of any loyalty from fans. Nonetheless, more butts need to be in the seats.

I’m a North Carolina kid, and nothing would please me more than to watch a hometown team with a hometown owner do well. Some think changing the team’s name will help the franchise relive the glory years of the old Hornets. But at the end of the day, it’s 2013 and the team needs more than a name change to revive a once-proud basketball city.

4 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • sburks1906 May 21, 4:53 p.m.

    Very true Brad, but they do need to win more games. Doesn't hurt to bring the "Hornets" name back and get rid of any lasting memory of Bob Johnson...

  • StunGunn May 21, 4:44 p.m.

    Unfortunately, it will take a lot more than a name change to bring Charlotte's NBA team back to the Glory Days. I was excited when MJ bought the team, because I thought that the man who was the best player ever HAD to be a great owner, and would bring Championships to Charlotte. Sad to say, that's been far from what has happened since His Airness took possession of the team. If Jordan was half as good an owner as he was a player, Charlotte might just be challenging that "other" great player - King James - for an NBA title.

  • bubbaOK May 21, 12:12 p.m.

    Buy tix or we'll pop you good? Smart! Boll wevils taken?

  • MrPantherPride May 21, 7:41 a.m.

    YES BRING BACK THE BUZZ!

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Tonight at 9:00 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Tonight at 7:30 on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Tonight at 9:00 on WRAL-FM

  • SEC: Kentucky at Missouri

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. St. Louis

    Friday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
7:30pm Tonight
ND
DUKE
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
CHA
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCSU
CLEM
 
9:00pm Tonight
MEM
ECU
 
Final
IND 91
TOR 104
Final
DET 95
CLE 103
Final
MIA 102
MIL 109
Final
DAL 90
MEM 109
Final
GSW 111
CHI 113
Final
LAL 92
WAS 98
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLE
POR
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
SAC
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
BOS
 
8:00pm Tonight
ATL
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
DEN
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
OKC
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
CHA
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
PHO
WAS
 
Final
AKR 59
BST 47
 
Final
KSU 63
CMICH 53
 
Final
VCU 72
GWU 48
Final
TOL 70
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
Final
BGU 56
NILL 46
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
Final
VT 70
PITT 67
Final
LAS 53
STJOE 48
Final
TULA 55
TULSA 62
Final
UGA 70
VANDY 62
Final
KYST 59
WVU 65
Final
BUF 77
WMICH 71
 
Final
GEOR 53
XAV 66
Final
EVAN 89
INDST 78
 
Final
ORU 94
TABOR 53
 
Final
OKST 64
BAY 53
9:00pm Tuesday
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
Final
ALA 50
UF 52
9:00pm Tuesday
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
Final
ARK 69
TENN 64
Final
AUB 61
TEXAM 71
Final
UTST 56
WYO 44
Final
SDST 58
FRES 47
Final
CALST 79
SDCHR 54
 
Final
NEV 62
UNLV 67
Final
BSU 82
COLST 78
7:00pm Tonight
VERM
GTDNS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NAVY
AMER
 
7:00pm Tonight
UMBC
BING
 
7:00pm Tonight
JMU
DEL
 
7:00pm Tonight
RICH
DUQ
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNCW
ELON
 
7:00pm Tonight
USB
HART
 
7:00pm Tonight
WMARY
HOF
 
7:00pm Tonight
COL
LAF
 
7:00pm Tonight
PSU
MINN
 
7:00pm Tonight
MAINE
UNH
 
7:00pm Tonight
DREX
NE
 
7:00pm Tonight
FORD
RIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
SFLA
SMU
 
7:00pm Tonight
MARQ
SHU
 
7:00pm Tonight
LSU
SCAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
UCF
TEMPL
 
7:00pm Tonight
LONG
UNCA
 
7:00pm Tonight
FSU
WAKE
 
7:00pm Tonight
CCAR
WINT
 
7:00pm Tonight
OU
WRST
 
7:30pm Tonight
ND
DUKE
 
7:30pm Tonight
GHND 0
HC 0
 
7:30pm Tonight
CSOU
RAD
 
7:30pm Tonight
OKLA
TTU
 
8:00pm Tonight
BRAD
DRAK
 
8:00pm Tonight
BUCK
LEH
 
8:00pm Tonight
WICHS
LOYC
 
8:00pm Tonight
ILLST
MIZST
 
8:00pm Tonight
PEAY
MORE
 
8:00pm Tonight
SDKST
NEOM
 
8:00pm Tonight
ARST
ORST
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
RICE
 
8:05pm Tonight
SILL
NIOWA
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCSU
CLEM
 
9:00pm Tonight
MEM
ECU
 
9:00pm Tonight
MIAMI
GT
 
9:00pm Tonight
PURD
IND
 
9:00pm Tonight
TCU
KU
 
9:00pm Tonight
BC
LOU
 
9:00pm Tonight
MISS
MSST
 
9:00pm Tonight
CREI
STJ
 
10:00pm Tonight
SJST
AFA
 
10:00pm Tonight
ARZ
OREG
 
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
STAN
 
Final
PHI 4
ARI 3
Final
NYI 4
NYR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 3
Final
PIT 5
WIN 3
Final
MON 3
DAL 2
Final
FLA 4
DET 5
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
NAS 4
COL 3
Final
CAL 4
BUF 1
Final
EDM 1
MIN 2
Final
VAN 0
ANA 4
7:30pm Tonight
NJD
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
WAS
PIT
 
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
CHI