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8:57 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Charlotte Hornets Come Roaring Back

The Charlotte Hornets' first tipoff in 12 years.
Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Hornets staged a storybook comeback Wednesday night. The city’s NBA team opened its season with a name, logo and color scheme that are technically new but are also a return to the iconic brand that Charlotteans called their own from 1988 to 2002. The replacement team, the Bobcats, decided to buy back the Hornets name. And Wednesday night, a sold-out arena watched the team erase a 24-point deficit to win its first game as the Hornets, 108 to 106 against the Milwaukee Bucks. 

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Local News
4:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Al Jefferson Is First Bobcat, Er, Fifth Hornet To Make All-NBA Team

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) throws down a one-handed dunk.

  Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson on Wednesday became the fifth player in Charlotte's NBA history to make an All-NBA team. That stat is an example of why the used-to-be Bobcats wanted to get more than just the Hornets name back – they also wanted the Hornets' history.

Sure, this is kind of technical, but it's a big deal for Charlotte sports history. When the Hornets left for New Orleans, they took all their stats and records with them – Charlotte no longer got to claim any of that history.

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Local News
10:17 am
Wed May 21, 2014

It's Official: The Buzz Is Back

Members of the media swarm team president Fred Whitfield after a press conference on Tuesday.
Credit Nick de la Canal / WFAE


After 12 years away, the Hornets name has officially returned to Charlotte. The city's NBA team finalized its name-change from the Bobcats to the Hornets Tuesday.

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Local News
5:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Goodbye, Bobcats. Now, Bring On The Hornets

Coach Steve Clifford at the Bobcats' postseason press conference on Wednesday.

The Charlotte Bobcats were swept out of the playoffs this week, but Coach Steve Clifford says the team achieved something this season it hasn’t had for a long time: relevancy.

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Sunday Headlines
9:50 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Bobcats 'Re-energized' As Playoffs Begin

The playoffs begin Sunday afternoon in Miami for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. It’s only the second time in the team’s history they’ve made it to the playoffs. Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts says he and his teammates are re-energized.

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9:49 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Bobcats Should Be Happy With Progress Regardless Of What Happens In Playoffs

The Charlotte Bobcats wrapped up their regular season on Wednesday, and on Sunday they head to Miami to take on the Heat in the playoffs. The Bobcats have not beat the Miami Heat since LeBron James joined the team. While their chances of winning this series might not be great, Charlotte Observer sports columnist Tom Sorensen says the team made huge improvements this season and are headed in the right direction. Tom Sorensen joined us this morning, and talked about some of the decisions the team made at the beginning of the season that led to success this year.

Sunday Headlines
9:32 am
Sun April 6, 2014

OT Win Puts Bobcats In NBA Playoffs

The Charlotte Bobcats are in the NBA playoffs for only the second time in their 10-year history. It took an overtime victory in Cleveland last night.  Al Jefferson scored 24 points, including seven in overtime, as the Bobcats beat the Cavaliers, 96 to 94. The win pushed the Bobcats over the 500 mark, with 39 wins and 38 losses. They’re now in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Playoff tickets go on sale Monday at 10am.


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Local News
9:37 am
Tue March 25, 2014

NBA Commissioner: Bobcats' Arena Needs Upgrades To Host All-Star Game

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Great news for Charlotte basketball fans, but not necessarily for Charlotte taxpayers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he’d love for the city to host an All-Star game. But he says the Charlotte Bobcats’ arena needs an upgrade first, and that’s where taxpayers come in.

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Local News
5:59 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Business Of Bringing 'Hornets' Back To Charlotte

Owner Michael Jordan and Chief Marketing Officer Pete Guelli announced the name-change in May.
Michael Tomsic

After 12 years away, one of Charlotte's most beloved brands is coming home. Next season, Charlotte's NBA team will once again take the court as the Hornets. The Bobcats announced the change last summer, and the organization is taking about a year and a half to transition. WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the business of bringing the Hornets back.

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Hornets Logo
9:52 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Bobcats Unveil Future Hornets Logo


The Charlotte Bobcats have unveiled a new logo for their planned renaming as the Charlotte Hornets next year. It’s teal and purple, with lots of sharp lines, a pointed stinger and piercing eyes.

Hornets owner Michael Jordan unveiled the team’s new visual branding at halftime of Saturday night’s game against the Utah Jazz.  The Bobcats will bring back the city’s old NBA team name in the 2014-15 season.

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