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Jordan Officially Interested In Changing Name to Hornets

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http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8693974/michael-jordan-open-hornets-name-back-charlotte

If the Hornets nickname becomes available, Charlotte might be intersted in getting it back.

When the Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002, owner Tom Benson said that he would like to change the name to something more fitting of the Big Easy. Before Wednesday's game, his wife Gayle reiterated that idea and added that the franchise would also like to change the team colors from teal and purple to red, gold and navy blue.

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was asked if he'd be interested in bringing the Hornets name back to Charlotte.

"It's definitely an interest down the road, but right now it's the New Orleans Hornets," Jordan told the Charlotte Observer. "We would definitely entertain the opportunity. That's as much as we can say right now. We've heard the community ask the question, and we would listen."

The newspaper reports that throwback Charlotte Hornets jerseys are popular among young fans in the area, and team web sites buzz with others who still prefer the name and color scheme of the Charlotte NBA team that started in 1988. But owners or fans won't have the final say. The league issued a statement Wednesday saying that it is aware of the Hornets intentions but the ultimate decision on team names and colors resides with the NBA.

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What? Jordan doesn't like the Bob-and weave-Cats? :D Although seriously, they need an original name. Something cool and laid back.

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Waiting for KT's head to explode.

KT will be in complete denial and swear this will never happen.

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Brings back a lot of great memories. I would love the name change and I'm sure most of Charlotte would as well.

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Saw this and makes me very excited !! I would surely fly back home to NC for the first charlotte hornets 2.0 game downtown! Ahh man this is great news really seemed like a pipe dream but looks like a reality now

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Guest Hornets 2.0

The "Hornets" nickname came from The Revolutionary War. At the time Charlotte was described as "a hornet's nest of rebellion." More obviously, the team mascot "Hugo" was named after the massive hurricane that hit the Carolina's in the late 80's. The Hornets belong in Charlotte. "Bobcats" just represents a complete failure & the piss poor man who owned it. Not to mention how egotistical he was naming them after himself.

The Charlotte Hornets had more support than any other NBA team for over a decade. Fan attendance was the best in the NBA the entire 90's & "the hive" was a true homecourt advantage. Michael Jordan knows it & will make this happen. I read an article this summer in which he described playing in Charlotte during his Chicago days. He said they didn't look forward to trips to NC, regardless of how good the Hornets were, because the fans were always there & always making noise.

The first game in TWC Arena with our boys in teal & purple will be amazing. That place will be jam packed & absolutely rocking.

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