Michael Jordan is set to re-release the Air Jordan V retro “Grape” on Wednesday, April 17, the same date which the Charlotte Bobcats end their 2013 season AND the New Orleans Hornets end their season and officially become The Pelicans.
But what’s the significance?
It appears to be that Charlotte will be getting back their old team name when the Hornets left for New Orleans back in 2001.
The NBA deputy and future commissioner Adam Silver will be meeting with Charlotte Bobcats management and season ticket holders discussing the future of the franchise on Tuesday, August 16th, a day before the launch of the shoes and last home basketball game. This could definitely mean that everyone will be deciding on whether or not the Hornets name and colors should return, which means highly likely since the launch of Jordan’s shoes and merchandise are the same week.
The die hard Charlotte Hornets fans who created “We Beelieve: Charlotte…Take Back Your Hornets” Fan Group and Petition to get the name back seem to have paid off in their efforts!
The re-branding of the team is estimated at around $3 million, which isn’t too much to have the old team, logos, and color scheme back to the Queen City. This past season, the Charlotte Bobcats have changed their logos and court appearance to get rid of the bright orange color for the bobcats and focused on a tealish blue color that can easily be changed to resembled the old Hornets teal.
Michael Jordan is going to keep releasing shoes until he can’t release them anymore! Even though this is the third time “His Airness” will be bringing out the #5 “Grape” colorway, it is still expected to be a major sell out. This is no surprise because the Jordan line-up of numbers 1-23 will probably always be a sell out when ever he decides to drop them.
Even though the Hornets have been in New Orleans for the past few years, the Charlotte Hornets merchandise seems to still be one of the NBA’s top sellers in merchandise.
Michael Jordan supposedly will do the smart thing: release a shoe and new team name with same color patterns in order to sell out shoes, jerseys, hats, and more at retailers all over the world. Be sure to pick up your pair of the Jordan 5 Grape in stores next Wednesday!