NBA

Michael Bethea

In two years, Charlotte will host one of the most high-profile events in basketball: the NBA All-Star Game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially made that announcement in uptown Tuesday.

Sun. Headlines: Sgt. Cooke Gets Purple Heart

Apr 26, 2015

Army Sgt. Matt Cooke of Stanly County was given the Purple Heart award in Salisbury Saturday for his bravery in 2009 when another soldier opened fire on fellow troops at Fort Hood Texas. Thirteen people died and 32 others were hurt, including Cooke, who was shot while trying to protect another wounded soldier. Congressman Robert Pittenger said of Cooke, “You are a hero to me and so many Americans.”  Soldiers involved in the incident initially weren’t eligible for the Purple Heart, after officials classified the shooting as workplace violence, instead of combat.

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. 

Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft

Jun 27, 2014
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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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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.


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.


Michael Tomsic

NASCAR, the NFL and other pro sports are combining high-tech data analytics with old-school public relations. They've built what are basically tech command centers where employees engage with fans and monitor trends on social media. The centers have been popping up over the past five years or so, and one of the newest ones is in Charlotte.


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.


Charlotte Bobcats Fire Coach Mike Dunlap After 21-61 Season

Apr 23, 2013
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.”

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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