Hornets' name returns to Charlotte

 

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The buzz is now officially back in Charlotte.

The franchise previously known as the Bobcats announced Tuesday that its name change to the Hornets is now in effect, giving the city the moniker for the first time in 12 years.

Charlotte's first NBA team had been dubbed the Hornets and resided in the Carolinas from 1988 until its move to New Orleans in 2002. Two years later, the league awarded the expansion Bobcats to Charlotte.

New Orleans switched its nickname to the Pelicans in April of last year and Bobcats Sports & Entertainment chairman Michael Jordan jumped at the chance to reclaim the Hornets' brand, filing a request with the league to make the change.

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the motion in July.

"Today is truly an historic day for our franchise, our city and our fans as we mark the official return of the Charlotte Hornets," Jordan said. "Thanks to our fans who were the driving force behind the Hornets name returning. We are thrilled to be able to bring the Hornets name back to the Carolinas."

Additionally, the Hornets announced that all statistics, records and history during the team's initial tenure in Charlotte will now belong to the former Bobcats franchise, with the Pelicans keeping all records from its time in New Orleans.

The original Charlotte Hornets reached the playoffs seven times during their 14 years in Charlotte, a considerably more successful run than the Bobcats, who earned just the second postseason trip in their 10-year existence this season.

The Hornets will unveil new uniforms containing the name, logo and color switch on June 19.

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