I moved to NC in 1980. Fortunate enough, through my Father's employer, I was at the very first Hornets game vs. Cleveland...loss, but no one cared. No one.
Next game....December 14th, 1988, win against the Pacers. Rapture.
Both games included moments of deafness. Absolute, total deafness in which I could not communicate with my Father even basic sentences like, "That was awesome!" The crowd noise was too loud to even think much less have a convo.
I averaged about 15 games a year for the first 4 years before joining the military in 1991. Best entertainment a dollar could buy.
I am sorry to report that I never liked the Bobcats and only watched maybe 2 dozen games and only attended 14 games since their inception.
But, I watched every televised game last season that I could and will miss even less this year as the Hornets return to their rightful place.
To those of you under 30 that have made this happen with your petitions and social media push....I salute you.
To those of you over 40 that are like me...ain't this grand?
To MJ, even as a lifelong Dookie...you the man.
The 2014 draft, the 2014 FA, Big Al in 2013 and the re-branding have been a dream come true.
The Charlotte Hornets are my team, our team. I cannot wait to be there opening night.
Don't care if any of you respond positive or negative but, after the Lance signing, I just had to throw out there that for the first time in 20 years, I think you will not be able to have a conversation with your Father if you take him to a Hornets game.