The Charlotte Bobcats have finally gotten decent enough to seemingly have a future as a solid NBA franchise, and now they’re going to change their name. It’s a move we’ve known about for a while, but next week the name change from the Charlotte Bobcats to the Charlotte Hornets becomes official.
According to Yahoo! Sports insider Marc J. Spears, the nickname change will coincide with the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday in which the Hornets have a shot at the No. 1 pick.
The Charlotte Bobcats name will officially change to the Charlotte Hornets on May 20, the day of the Draft Lottery.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 16, 2014
Unlike other franchises who simply change their logo and nickname, the Hornets are re-adopting the Hornets moniker after the city of Charlotte lost the franchise to New Orleans so many years ago. The Bobcats were created as an expansion team to replace the Hornets and with New Orleans adopting the Pelicans nickname, Charlotte was quick to scoop ‘Hornets’ back up.
The logo has been updated from what we saw in the 90s and 2000s, but the Hornets are back in Charlotte and that just feels right.