The 2013-14 season could very well be the last season that the Charlotte Bobcats name is used. The Bobcats have begun the process to change their name to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a report from Will Brinson of CBS Sports.
With the New Orleans Hornets officially becoming the Pelicans this season, the Hornets name was up for grabs to return to the Queen City. Many hints have been dropped since then that a name change could be on the way.
As we learned last month, a name change takes at least 18 months to implement. There’s no exact date as to when the Bobcats started the process to bring the Hornets back to Charlotte. But if the process started in April or at the very least this month, then the Hornets name would be ready to go for the start of the 2014-15 season.
NBA Media Ventures currently owns the Hornets.com and CharlotteHornets.com website. The NBA registered NBAHornets.com on May 15, 2013.
The Hornets-Bobcats debate has been an interesting one. Many fans who remember the Charlotte Hornets and the environment of the old Charlotte Coliseum that was dubbed The Hive, miss the team and the entertaining style of basketball they played. More than that, fans miss having a competitive playoff team to root for.
There’s no doubting that fans love their Bobcats, but since the franchise’s expansion, they’ve never been able to rid themselfs of the negative aura that’s been attached to the name. Last season’s 7-59 season definitely didn’t help matters, nor did the multiple coaching fires and single playoff birth in nine seasons.
A Hornets name change would represent a reset on the franchise, and likely a chance to sell more merchandise. Throwback Hornets merchandise is selling very well. This was one of the things reports mentioned the Bobcats were doing their research on.
Regardless though of what the name of the team may end up being, fans will take a winning team over a flashy name. There wasn’t exactly a great reaction when the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. But the name has caught on because of the Thunder’s winning ways.
Charlotte just wants to see the Bobcats or Hornets get to that point.