Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play their home games at the Spectrum Center. Most of the team is owned by Michael Jordan, who was a star player for the Chicago Bulls in the 1980s and 1990s. The team started playing in 2004 as the Charlotte Bobcats, and was the second NBA team to play in Charlotte (the New Orleans Pelicans had played in Charlotte as the Hornets from 1988 to 2002). In 2010, the Bobcats made the playoffs for the first time.
|Location||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Team colors||Teal, dark purple, gray|
|General manager||Mitch Kupchak|
|Head coach||Steve Clifford|
|Retired numbers||2 (6, 13)|
After the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans in 2013, they gave the "Hornets" name back to the NBA. The Bobcats soon announced they would rename themselves the Hornets beginning with the 2014–15 NBA season, and the name change became official on May 20, 2014.
At the time of the change to "Hornets", the team also said that it had reached a deal with the NBA and the Pelicans to split the Pelicans' history and records between the two teams:
- Records from the first Charlotte Hornets while in that city (1988 to 2002) belong to the current Hornets.
- Records from the first Hornets' move to New Orleans in 2002 until that team's name change to Pelicans in 2013 belong to the Pelicans.
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- Wash, Quinton (January 31, 2018). "NBA Unveils Logo For 2019 All-Star Weekend In Charlotte". Hornets.com (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
The NBA today unveiled the logo for NBA All-Star 2019, which will take place February 15-17, 2019, in Charlotte. The logo pays tribute to the Hornets and the city of Charlotte by featuring the team’s iconic teal and purple colors, along with three icons – a crown, basketball and star – to symbolize the Queen City and the NBA’s annual celebration of the game.
- "Charlotte Hornets Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- "Hornets, LendingTree Announce New Multi-Year Founding Level Partnership Highlighted By Jersey Patch". Hornets.com (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. November 13, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
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