Charlotte Hornets

Local News
2:29 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Hornets' Top Draft Picks Bring Talent - And A Few Questions

Former North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston.
Credit David T. Foster, III / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Hornets added some height to their roster with a pair of first-round picks in Thursday night’s NBA draft.   The team used its number-nine choice to draft 6-foot-10 Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh.    The Hornets picked up former North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston with their other first-round choice.    WFAE’s Mark Rumsey spoke with Charlotte  Observer sports columnist Tom Sorensen to get his thoughts on what the new players will bring to the mix for the Hornets.

Interview about Hornets NBA draft picks.

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Local News
10:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft

Noah Vonleh
Credit Facebook

The NBA draft was Thursday night. As WFAE’s Kevin Kniestedt explains, the Charlotte Hornets did well to fill some glaring holes in their roster.

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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.
Credit JEFF SINER — jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

  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.
Credit bobcats.com

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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Local News
11:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Buzz On Charlotte's Baseball Past

Charlotte Hornets line-up for 1957 season opener against Knoxville (from Charlotte Observer clippings archived at UNC Charlotte's J. Murray Atkins Library).
Mark Rumsey / UNC Charlotte - University Archives WFAE

It's a big day in the Charlotte area's professional baseball history. The new 10,000 seat BB&T Ballpark uptown debuts tonight when the Triple-A Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides.

The Knights had spend the previous 24 seasons in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The region has a long and colorful history of professional baseball. WFAE's Mark Rumsey captured that history in this story, which first aired last summer. 


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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

Credit CharlotteBobcats.com

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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The Charlotte Hornets: Past And Future

It was November 4, 1988. Players in signature teal and purple uniforms and long, 'baggy' shorts hit the court in a sold-out coliseum. Women wore formal dresses, men wore tuxedos. It was the Charlotte Hornets' first game. They lost. But Charlotte cheered anyway. It was a big deal and over the next several years, "Hornets hysteria" would help put the city on the map - with names like Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry, Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson. The Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002, but left an indelible mark on Charlotte. Now the Bobcats are reclaiming the historic name, bestowed on the city during the Revolutionary War when General Cornwallis was driven out, proclaiming Charlotte a "hornets' nest of rebellion." On the 25th anniversary of the Hornets' debut, we'll look back at that special time and gaze into the future as the Bobcats rebrand themselves.

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Sunday Headlines
9:42 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Bobcats-Turned-Hornets Will Be Purple & Teal

Credit CharlotteBobcats.com

The Charlotte Bobcats made it official Sunday morning: When they rename themselves as the Charlotte Hornets next year, they’ll also bring back the old Hornets’ purple and teal color scheme. Those were the primary colors when the Hornets were Charlotte’s NBA team from 1998 to 2002.

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