The Bobcats transformation to Hornets is in full swing and I figured having one thread for all the information would be the best and easiest way for people to stay up-to-date. I'll update the OP frequently as more and more information becomes available.
June 5th: Hugo the Hornet will make his triumphant return to Charlotte
June 9th: The Hornets will hold a full-staff day of service at Hornets Nest Elementary School along with Lowe's and Fox Sports Carolinas/SportsSouth. Employees from all three organizations will complete various beautification and refurbishment projects at the school, as well as delivering Hornets Thank You Kits to all 9,600 teachers at 160 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
June 19th: Hornets team uniforms for the 2014-2015 NBA Season will be officially revealed.
June 26th: Hornets new playing floor design unveiled at Time Warner Cable Arena.
July 11-21: The Charlotte Hornets name will return to NBA action at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Oct 2014: The Hornets will host the inaugural Buzz Fest, a multi-day fan festival celebrating the beginning of the 2014-15 NBA season and return of the Hornets name. This interactive event will feature Hornets legends and current players, autograph and photo stations, basketball games, skills challenges, musical acts and more.
**All Charlotte NBA Basketball History Returns to Charlotte (5/20): " ... the team announced that after collaborating with the NBA and the New Orleans Pelicans, all of the statistical information, records and history of Charlotte NBA basketball will also be returning to the franchise. The Hornets will now own and have access to all of the historical elements from not only the Bobcats era (2004-2014) but also the original Hornets era in Charlotte (1988-2002). The Pelicans will maintain the history and statistics beginning with the team's first season in New Orleans (2002-03).".
UPDATE: 5/16: Per Bobcats officials. The Charlotte Bobcats will host a press conference at 12:30 pm Tuesday May 20th to officially begin the start of the Charlotte Hornets. The team will launch the team website the morning of the 20th and live stream the press conference online (http://www.hornets.com)
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CHARLOTTE HORNETS NAME OFFICIALLY RETURNS ON MAY 20!
UPDATE: 4/30 : Per Steve Reed on Twitter, the team will officially announce the change in "a couple of weeks.".
@SteveReedAP: For those asking, I'm told the Bobcats will officially transition to Hornets in a couple of weeks. Probably be a presser to announce. 9:12 AM 30 April 2014
TV: Fox SportSouth
Radio: WFNZ 610 am the FAN Charlotte
Other: Online Radio stream via Bobcats.com & official game chat at Bobcats.com
Official Bobcats.com preview http://www.nba.com/b...ys-beat-rockets
Last Year: Houston won both games, 109-95 and 100-94.
Series Trends: Houston has won 13 of last 15 and 8 straight at home (nba.com)
Next Match up: March 24, 2014
Vegas: Houston: -13
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Gerald Henderson
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Cody Zeller**
C: Al Jefferson
Reserves: Roman Sessions, Ben Gordon, Jeffery Taylor, Josh McRoberts, Bismack Biyombo, Anthony Tolliver, Jannero Pargo, James Southerland, Jeff Adrien
IMO: Expect Southerland to be inactive, toss-up between Adiren and Tolliver
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: James Harden
SF: Chandler Parsons
PF: Dwight Howard
C : Omer Asik
Reserves: Jeremy Lin, Francisco Garcia, Omri Casspi, Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones
I hope I didn't step on anyone's toes by starting the first game thread...but I had a few minutes to put it together so I thought I would.
Here's to Jefferson playing without ankle concerns and hopefully a Horncats win!
**NOTE: Most media outlets outside of Charlotte list Zeller as the starter not McRoberts, while the Observer is projecting McRoberts to the starter. Regardless, look for Bismack and whoever doesn't start between McBob and Cody to get plenty of minutes against a physical tandem of Osik and Howard. Also, Jefferson stated earlier in the week he think he will go though the team lists him as questionable.
*What you are about to read has not been validated by the Charlotte Bobcats organization*
Once again we have some more news from “the inside”. This has been told to us by a couple people very close to the rebranding process.
They said that at this point in the process a logo has not been chosen yet but they do have 8 potentials for the Hornets. The majority of these and the most popular ones are sticking to original Hugo look but with a little bit more aggressive twist, a more muscular Hugo with “angrier” eyes and expression. Which is refreshing considering the complete “sissification” that happened to the Hornets brand in New Orleans. They realize the value of the brand loyalty and recognition and don’t want to ruin that.
Some logos are completely different but are not getting as strong support as those similar to the original Hugo.
To answer the question that has been bothering so many people. Pete Guelli also said that they have not finalized a color scheme but for the time being are using the Carolina Blue for legal reason not yet fixed with the league.
Now our source has stated that most of the design proposals are sticking with the TEAL & PURPLE as the main colors and may use the Carolina Blue for small “details”. This will give them ability to make more apparel designs.
Again this is all hearsay. Take all this with a grain of salt.
STAY TUNED! We will bring you the BUZZ as soon as we hear
I have faith in the organization that they'll do the right thing regarding logo and colors...really excited to see what they come up with after all the "Buzz City" stuff...which I think is really cool.