I pretty much agree with all of this. Don't change it. How can u mess something this good up. U know the fans already support and love the purple and teal hornets. Why try to mess that up. I don't want this team lookinh like the jazz of a few years ago when they used dark blue and light blue.... Basically the colors we are hinting about using.
I don't see how they would put so much effort into market research on the name and not do it for a host of other things like the color scheme. And I can't see that research saying the same thing about the original purple and teal color scheme as it did about people love of the name.
I love the Hornets and I kept trying to love the Bobcats but it just never worked. I'd keep up with them some but not like I do college sports and the Panthers. People always talk about being a fan being a generational thing. Of growing up with it. Your dad taking you to games and you taking your sons to games. That's what builds lasting fans and that's what the Hornets name is all about. People want a history. They want to feel like they belong and were/are a part of something.
You can up update and tweak all you like but if want to make the fans happy IMHO you have to make sure you do a few things.
You already got the name back.
You brought in past great players and showcased them for the fans.
You brought out vintage apparel and jerseys.
You are already marketing the Hornets brand and not waiting for next year.
Now, keep the damn original colors. Teal and Purple. It worked and still works. It's unique, marketable and people love it. Why change for the sake of change? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. We're not the old creme and orange Bucs that have ugly ass uniforms. And Jordan needs to keep his UNC love our of the equation. No tar heal blue.
The arena must be called the Hive.
The logo can be tweaked and updated but should be basically the same.
Create a Hall of honor or history space in the arena. You don't have to retire jerseys or anything but give a nod to the great history of the old team.
Hire Bogus in some capacity. He's probably the most well known, most loved player from the old team. I'd love him on color commentary.
And of course you have to put a winning team on the floor but that goes without saying. (Or at least a competitive one.)
Purple and teal is unique and that's the hornets.
Now I will support Any team we put out there no matter what. Hell I love the bobcats and their logo and uniforms have always been pretty bad. But why go through with all this if u just gonna make it your own shitty version of the hornets. That's the same thing bob Johnson did. He did what he wanted. Not what the fans wanted.
But anyways I'm excited either way. Lol