I fell in love with the Hornets immediately. Kelly Tripucka dropping 22 a game was a boss.
Then the Gill, Zo, Johnson, Muggsy, and Curry era just bound me to the team like never before.
Then all the Shinn stuff started happening. I still loved the Hornets, but wasn't going to give that man any more of my money.
When the Bobcats arrived, I adopted them as my team but could never get back that same feeling I had with the Hornets. I never hated Bob Johnson the way other people did, but was discouraged when they gave the public a vote for the new name. I can't remember what name won, but I know it wasn't the Bobcats, and yet that is the name they adopted.
I don't know why I could never get as attached to them. It wasn't because they stunk, I loved the Braves in the 80's so I was accustomed to pulling for terrible teams. Perhaps it was because part of my heart was still with the Hornets.
Jordan taking over reinvigorated my support for the team, and now with the Hornets coming back, the team being a playoff team, the signing of Lance Stephenson, has me more excited for this franchise than ever before.
This is a good read. Shows how important Lance was to Indy's offense, talks about some of the negatives Stephenson may bring. And talks in depth about how this affects the Pacers, the Hornets, and the landscape of the Eastern Conference.
It also talks about why this was a good bet for the Hornets.