HoopsHype Charlotte Hornets rumors

January 24, 2014 Updates
January 17, 2014 Updates

My source has also seen what appears to be the new Charlotte Hornets uni set. Again, it’s not clear what stage of development these are in — they could be prototypes. My source created a mock-up of the white uniform from memory, so this is not an exact representation, but it should give you a general idea. Uni-Watch.com

As you can see, there are no pinstripes and the number font is very blocky. My source says there’s also a teal version with purple lettering/trim and a purple version with teal lettering/trim, both with “Charlotte” on the chest, following the same general template as the white design. To reiterate: While I trust my source in terms of what he saw, it’s not clear whether these are final designs, prototypes, or something else. Uni-Watch.com

January 16, 2014 Updates

The Bobcats won’t officially re-brand as the “Charlotte Hornets” until after the 2013-14 season, but that hasn’t stopped them from unveiling shirts and hats that bear the team’s new logos. Owner Michael Jordan unveiled new logos for the Hornets during a halftime ceremony back in December, and gear bearing that artwork will be available for purchase at the team store later this week. The new primary logo, set in a teal and purple color combination, features a head-on look at a Hornet with a basketball design and the words “Charlotte Hornets” in block letters. SI.com

December 22, 2013 Updates
December 10, 2013 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats plan to unveil their new “Hornets” logo at halftime of the Dec. 21 home game against the Utah Jazz. This is the next step in their rebranding to the Hornets, which takes force at the start of next season. The team previously revealed, in an interview with the Observer, that it will adopt the Hornets’ traditional teal-and-purple as primary colors next season. Uniforms will be the next step, sometime over the next few months. Charlotte Observer

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will do the logo unveiling at a halftime ceremony for the game, which starts a half hour later – 7:30 p.m. – than most Bobcats home games at Time Warner Cable Arena. The game against the Jazz is the first of five “Buzz City”-themed giveaway nights. The team will distribute long-sleeve “Buzz City” T-shirts that night to the first 10,000 fans through the doors. Later giveaways will include bobbleheads for former Charlotte Hornets Dell Curry, Muggsy Bogues and Kelly Tripucka. Charlotte Observer

November 24, 2013 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats will go purple-and-teal when they become the Hornets next season – as it was in 1988 and as the fans want it to be again. Bobcats management revealed the color scheme in an exclusive interview with the Observer. The purple-and-teal scheme will be accented by black and light shades of gray and blue. A formal announcement by the team is expected later Sunday. Charlotte Observer

August 21, 2013 Updates
July 19, 2013 Updates

At roughly 8:30 p.m., NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the Bobcats would become the Hornets before the 2014-15 season after the 29 other NBA owners unanimously approved the change. Stern’s announcement was broadcast in two different locations downtown at the EpiCentre to thousands of locals. It was the culmination of an all-day celebration of Charlotte basketball’s history and future. The present was sprinkled in as well. Charlotte Observer

May 23, 2013 Updates

Then Ben found a video along those revealing lines. It features former Hornets forward Kelly Tripucka modeling the old Charlotte Hornets’ (and now New Orleans Pelicans, because this is all very confusing) team colors and uniform at a 1988 press conference that is, well, somewhat horrifying. Watch: I don’t know where to start. The unfurling of the uniform at the 14-second mark should not have been applauded. The odd touch that uniform designer Alexander Julian gave the Hornet forward at the 34-second mark was somewhat off-putting, and as Trey Kerby noted, Tripucka’s gushing over his being “into light blues, like this team, and purples and the mauves” should get you laughing in your cubicles. Even if this video is mostly NSFW. Especially when Kelly spins the mini-basketball. Yahoo! Sports

May 22, 2013 Updates

Jordan said his hope in pursuing the Hornets name is to move the atmosphere at Time Warner Cable Arena toward what it was like at Charlotte Coliseum when he played there as a Chicago Bull in the late ’80s and ’90s. “When I first played here years ago, the thing I was totally astounded by was the energy. I wanted to bring that energy back,’’ Jordan said. “(This decision) says a lot about how we’ve taken the input from our community and put that in action.” Charlotte Observer

Jordan said the team wouldn’t try to assume the Hornets’ records from when they were in Charlotte, but is interested in embracing players from that era. “When the time comes we want to incorporate some of the past,” Jordan said. “Dell (Curry) is with the team (as a television analyst) and I believe Muggsy (Bogues) is in town.” Charlotte Observer

May 21, 2013 Updates

It’s official: The Charlotte Bobcats plan to be the Charlotte Hornets. The Bobcats formalized that intent at a 6 p.m. news conference at Time Warner Cable Arena, featuring team owner Michael Jordan. As expected, the Bobcats wouldn’t be able to implement this change until the start of the 2014-15 season, as it would take that long to do all the rebranding. Charlotte Observer

May 20, 2013 Updates

The Bobcats will hold a press conference tomorrow at 6:00pm ET at Time Warner Cable Arena, a source said. It is expected that Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan will announce that the team will change its name to the Hornets, likely for the '14-15 season. Bobcats officials declined to comment. The Bobcats have been studying for months whether to adopt Charlotte’s original NBA franchise name, which became available after Saints Owner Tom Benson bought the then-New Orleans Hornets in '12 and this year changed its name to the Pelicans. The Hornets played in Charlotte from '88-'02 before relocating to New Orleans. Sports Business Daily

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