Apr 14, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets mascot Hugo holds up a sign thanking fans for support following a loss to the Dallas Mavericks at the New Orleans Arena. The Mavericks defeated the Hornets 107-89. The game was the final home game for the Hornets franchise as they will be rebranded as the New Orleans Pelicans starting next season. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats Weekly Preview

The season is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the Charlotte Bobcats don’t have a ton going on.

First; The Games.

The Bobcats will take on a Melo-less New York Knicks team tonight. The Knicks literally have nothing more to gain as the season winds down; they’re locked in as the second seed and Atlantic Division champs (despite the fact that plenty of “experts” didn’t even think they were the best team in their own city much of the year), and they’re already injury-laden.

Still, the Melo-less, Stoudemire-less Knickerbockers are the favorites in tonight’s contest.

Charlotte’s best chance at win No. 20 comes in the final game of the year, at home, against Cleveland.

The Cavs are losers of four straight, and they’re 2-8 in their last 10 games. Kyrie Irving is still doing plenty of work, though, and it will be an exciting end to the year to watch him go head-to-head with Kemba Walker.

The biggest news of the week, though, could be a possible name change back to the Hornets for Charlotte.

New Orleans bid farewell to Hugo after their last home game as the Hornets Sunday. The group “We Beelieve” noted on its face book page that the lyrics of the farewell song they played for him sound a little like writing on the wall, and seems to foreshadow a return of the mascot to the Queen City:

“Ahh, Home
Let me come Home
Home is wherever I’m with you (2x)

La la la la, take me Home
Baby, I’m coming Home”

Hugo also has a new Facebook page set up

Sticking with the name change possibility… The Bobcats are holding a town hall meeting for season-ticket holders and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver will be in attendance. On Wednesday the ‘Cats have invited some people to attend an event tied to the season finale against Cleveland to discuss the future of the franchise, and there’s an open house meeting on Thursday.

This comes after months of season ticket holder surveying, rumors and speculation.

If you ask me, it’s a no-brainer that Charlotte will at the very least change its name. If that happens, it only makes sense to bring the hive back to the Queen City.


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