Charlotte Bobcats

Local News
5:35 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Bobcats Introduce New Coach Steve Clifford

Steve Clifford at his first Bobcats' press conference.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Bobcats introduced their new head coach Wednesday – a veteran NBA assistant named Steve Clifford.

Steve Clifford is taking over a tough job.

The Bobcats were the second-worst team in the league last year. The year before, they had worst record in NBA history. And since the team entered the league in 2004, it hasn't kept a single head coach for more than three seasons.

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Local News
9:14 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Charlotte Plans To Bring 'Back The Buzz'

Charlotte Bobcats' Owner Michael Jordan and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Pete Guelli announce the name change.
Michael Tomsic

It’s official: the Charlotte Bobcats are changing their name to the Charlotte Hornets. Team owner Michael Jordan announced the change Tuesday night.

“Back the buzz.” That was the tagline Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena, glowing on screens and printed on T-shirts in the old-school Hornets’ teal and purple colors.

Team owner Michael Jordan said the Bobcats have asked the NBA if Charlotte’s basketball team can once again be the Hornets.

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Local News
10:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats Expected To Announce Hornets Name Today

Today, the Charlotte Bobcats are expected to heed the pleas of several grassroots campaigns and become the Charlotte Hornets.
Credit John Morgan

The Charlotte Bobcats have called a 6 p.m. press conference on Tuesday where they're expected to announce a name change.

Evan Kent couldn't be more thrilled. For several years, he and his brother have built a grassroots effort to re-christen the team the Charlotte Hornets. They've organized "swarms" of hundreds of nostalgic fans who wear their purple and teal Hornets gear at Bobcats games.

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Saturday headlines
9:50 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Report Says Bobcats Begin Process To Become Hornets

It looks like the Charlotte Bobcats are getting closer to that big name change that’s been rumored for months. is reporting that the city’s pro basketball team has begun the process of changing its name to the Hornets. That was the name of Charlotte’s former NBA team, which moved to New Orleans.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Better But Still Bad, Charlotte Bobcats Fire Coach Mike Dunlap

Mike Dunlap

The Charlotte Bobcats fired head coach Mike Dunlap Tuesday.

Dunlap took over the worst team in NBA history when he became head coach last summer. The Bobcats had just set the record for the worst winning percentage ever, winning just seven of their 66 games during a lockout-shortened season.

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Charlotte Observer
2:41 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats Fire Coach Mike Dunlap After 21-61 Season

Charlotte Bobcats' Mike Dunlap was fired Tuesday, less than a week after his first Bobcats team finished the season at 21-61.
Credit David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Bobcats have fired coach Mike Dunlap after a single season in which the NBA team went 21-61.

The Bobcats put out a brief statement Tuesday that included the following quote from president of basketball Rod Higgins:

“Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with Coach Dunlap to reflect on this season. As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position. We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

The Business Of Sports

  Sports have become big business in Charlotte, but the financial aspects of at least two of our local teams have been the source of controversy. Jerry Richardson, Owner of the Carolina Panthers, has asked the city— - which means taxpayers - to fund $125 million in stadium renovations. Meanwhile the Charlotte Knights are set to build an uptown baseball stadium; also a move met with mixed reactions. We’'ll look at that latest coaching moves, the likely economic costs of these most recent proposals and more when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News Features
11:55 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Charlotte Hornets' Fans Leverage Social Media To "Bring Back The Buzz"

The logo for the "We-BEE-lieve" campaign.
John Morgan

There’s been a lot of BUZZ recently about a certain name returning to Charlotte. Yes, the speculation is the Hornets name could be coming back to the city's NBA team. The New owner of the New Orleans Hornets wants to change the team’s name to something a little more Louisiana-centric. When the news broke December 4 that the NBA team could drop the name as early as next season, it excited a lot of people who were upset when the Hornets left in 2002.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Art Forgery And The Charlotte Hornets 2.0

A real Giacometti and a counterfeit. Alberto Giacometti's work fetches a lot of money at auction and is ripe for forgery.
Credit Alberto Giacometti Foundation

Part One: Art Forgery and Alberto Giacometti. Counterfeits and forgeries plague the art world. Google "Pablo Picasso" or surf over to eBay and you can own your very own Picasso fake. It's something museums, galleries and artists foundations themselves are dedicated to fighting. And there's a lot of money at stake. The most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction was by a Swiss artist named Alberto Giacometti - it sold for $104 million in 2010. Because the artist's work is so valuable, it's ripe for forgeries. We'll meet the person who spends time fighting fraud and counterfeiting for the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation and hear about the Giacometti exhibit now on display at the Bechtler.

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Charlotte Observer
10:44 am
Thu December 6, 2012

$3 Million Question: Will Nostalgia, Money Follow 'Hornets' Nickname?

Lids, a store that sells sport, fashion and collegiate hats, started carrying merchandise with the Charlotte Hornets logo a year ago and according to store manager, Adrian Splawn,
Credit Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez / Charlotte Observer

  The Charlotte Bobcats face a $3 million decision: Is it worth the investment to change the team’s name to “Hornets,” hoping to capture the nostalgia for Charlotte’s original NBA team?
 Reports Tuesday said Tom Benson, the new owner of the New Orleans Hornets who said he wants to change his team’s nickname to something that represents that city, has chosen “Pelicans” as that new name.

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