Ken Medlin

Charlotte's NBA franchise finally gets something right

Posted May 21, 2013
Updated May 22, 2013

For once, the Charlotte Bobcats got something right.

The team that drafted Adam Morrison and fired Larry Brown finally made the right move at the right time.

In the ultimate admission of "this isn't working," the Bobcats are going away, at least in name, to be replaced by something that DID work - for a while at least - the Charlotte Hornets.

The move has been expected, even demanded by fans. But it's now official. In 2014, the NBA team in Charlotte will be the Hornets again.

This is not to say that all is well for the BobHornetCats. Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning won't be in the starting lineup on opening night in 2014. But it does signal the franchise is listening to objective criticism.

The Bobcats simply didn't work – that's the whole thing: on-court performance, off-the-court marketing, you name it. Changing the name back to the sentimental favorite "Hornets" at least draws upon the good feelings from an era when fans in the Carolinas were just happy to have a team, period.

But it can't stop there. The soon-to-be Hornets have to go all-in with this. I'm talking about teal, green and purple plastered everywhere. Draw up another cartoon bug for the logo.

Get Alexander Julian to design the new uniforms. Call the Time-Warner Cable Arena "The Hive." And, by all means, blast out that buzzing noise at games.

In short, keep getting it right. Oh, and winning a few games would be nice, too.

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  • Hammerhead May 22, 2013

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    I thought that Mark guy on the late afternoon show from Charlotte was going to soil himself talking about this name change thing he was so excited.

  • NothingButNet May 22, 2013

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    You're also inspired by Hokie.

  • Hammerhead May 22, 2013

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    Oh come on..I found all three stories about this yesterday to be very compelling.

  • olivechapel1000 May 22, 2013

    new bench mark of writing here. wow!

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