As you’ve now heard, the Charlotte Bobcats will become the Charlotte Hornets. Credit to CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson for breaking the story late last night. We don’t know exactly how long the process will take, but we do know NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said the process would take “at least 18 months.” So we know Charlotte’s basketball team in 2013-2014 will again be called the Bobcats. The 2014-2015 season will tip off in early November of 2014, a little over 17 months from now. I have no inside information, but I suspect that the organization will aim to take the floor in 2014-2015 wearing purple and teal.
I rarely hear anyone argue for keeping the Bobcats name, but I’ve heard people sarcastically quip that the organization should focus instead on improving the product on the floor. I can’t disagree with that, and who could? But nobody believes changing the name will lead to more wins. It also misses the point. The issue is whether or not to change the name.
Why would Hornets make more sense than Bobcats?
So what is in a name? Well, to the people at bringbackthebuzz.com, it means a great deal. The guys at Bring Back the Buzz have started a grassroots movement to help bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. So, what exactly would that mean for Charlotte and the basketball community here?