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Major Bobcats Announcement Coming Soon?

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Me thinks the release of Diaw was the announcement

Well that's no big announcement at all. Cats would win more games if they released everyone and hired the Harlem Globetrotters.

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For those who are posting in this thread who don't quite know or understand what the Hornets meant to this city whether it's because they didn't live here or because they are too young, I have a few things to say about what that team meant to Charlotte.

This team LED THE NBA IN ATTENDANCE FOR NINE STRAIGHT SEASONS.

As others have said, LJ and Zo were legitimate NBA superstars. Larry Johnson was a Dwayne Wade-type star who was only known by those who knew about basketball, but he was a top 5 or top 10 figure in the NBA during his time in Charlotte. Zo was an up and coming name and didn't necessarily reach his elite level untill he was in Miami, but he was the 1st pick in the draft, and everyone knew and recognized him. Muggsy Bouges, Bobby Phills, Vlade Divac, and of course, Charlotte's last superstar, Baron Davis, were other well known superstars that played for the Hornets.

Charlotte was a team that consistently made the playoffs in the 90s and was incredibly well supported and loved by this city. The atmosphere and the signiature things that happened at the Hive (Buzzing, Hugo, Noises after players scored, chants, etc.) were things that the Bobcats never even tried to recreate. The Bobcats have never given Charlotte a reason to go, the atmosphere at TWC Arena is just so boring compared to what the old Coliseum gave.

Watch this video, and if you're like me and were a young guy in his 20s who was die hard in the Hornet's heyday, it'll bring a tear to your eye if you haven't already seen it:

My point for writing this long ass post is that if the Bobcats can do something like change the name and make this team refreshing and fun, THE PEOPLE WILL COME. They did it for years. I'm not saying it has to be the Hornets, but this city did and could love the NBA.

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The Bobcats had no problem selling out games and the playoffs in 2010. A name change wont do anything. Hold on to those memories of the Hive, cuz theyll never play in Charlotte again ever

20 years from now we can reminisce on attendance yecords, hearing "who let the dogs out" 50 million times, and 1st round exits, while the Bobs represent us NOW and BEYOND. these kids today never saw thre Hornets play and could care less.

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Would love to go back to the Hornets name.

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Man, I remember when they hung Bobby Phills jersey......

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They need to change the name just because it's named after Bob.

Finally, someone stated the real reason behind the moronic obsession with changing the name. Honesty, it shows up every once in a while.

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Anyone forgetting about the historic aspect of the Hornets Name??? well probably not mtv, jersey shore and springer are on to much...... I want our HISTORICAL NAME Back! We weren't winners the first few years the hornets were here, and we still loved them.

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Man, I remember when they hung Bobby Phills jersey......

Yeah, I was there... actually ... like the very last row... it was against the Raptors I BEElieve?

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By the way, George Shinn wanted the Hornets to be called the Charlotte Spirit ... and the City of Charlotte said NO and suggested the name Hornets... it really IS Charlotte's name...

I'm all for the B**cats rebranding back to the Hornets. If Jordan wants to start his own path with the NBA in Charlotte than the Flight would be much better as well...if the team's going to be linked to our owner, it might as well be Michael (and it has state-wide connection) and not Mr. Bob Johnson

B**cats was a fail from the beginning, and it's shown in the 8 years of business...

Time for change, or this franchise WILL fail and the Bobcats will end up being the SuperSonics...

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Yeah, I was there... actually ... like the very last row... it was against the Raptors I BEElieve?

Yeh, I was there too. It was an incredible night. RIP Bobby Phills

Edit: That video gave me chills, I was there for a lot of those moments, and if I wasn't, I was watching on TV. I miss having the good old Hornets here. I was a kid at the time, but I remember when that italian guy came and sang the national anthem and I was amazed. Jeez, we really need a team this city can finally get behind.

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Jeez, we really need a team this city can finally get behind.

The city has been behind the Bobcats, while a vocal minority of "basketball fans" are trapped in a 20 year time warp. Its kinda cool tho to see everyone else enjoying the team we have now while others take pride in being 20-25 years behind the rest of the NBA world.

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The NBA brought a team back to Charlotte not Robert Johnson.

This. Christ, KT. Your racism has reared its ugly head again. No one takes you seriously because you ignore major points to enhance your otherwise pathetic argument.

Bobcats name sucks. It does. I go to a lot of games and cheer for the team but compared to Hornets, it's not worth a damn. If they don't change it, I won't complain. But if they did change it, they've made worse decisions than that.

If George Shinn were black and Johnson were white, you'd be playing a different tune and you know it. You'd be telling us how Shinn brought the NBA to us, and how Johnson thankfully sold the team. Truth is they were two of the 10 worst owners in NBA history. Whether you agree or not, pundits nationwide will.

If anyone deserves credit for bringing the NBA back it's David Stern. Deal with it.

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