Whether it's Nerlens Noel or Otto Porter Jr. or any player drafted by the NBA's Charlotte franchise next month, apparently they will not part of the Bobcats for very long. Maybe just one season.
That's because now that New Orleans has traded in the nickname "Hornets" for "Pelicans", Charlotte is calling dibs. The Hornets played in North Carolina from 1988-2002 before owner George Shinn moved the franchise to New Orleans. The NBA later awarded Charlotte an expansion team, one that would be called the "Bobcats" as some level of homage to the team's owner, Bob Johnson. In 2010, Johnson sold the franchise to Michael Jordan. Speaking of the ex-Wizard, this from the Associated Press:
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is changing his team's name to the Hornets, said a person familiar with the situation.
The person said Jordan will detail the timetable for the change to be completed at a press conference the Bobcats have scheduled for Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the name change has not been publicly announced.
NBA deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver previously said it would take "about 18 months" for the Bobcats to change their name. That means Charlotte could once again become the Hornets by the 2014-15 season.
Turns out that while "Hornets" is not exactly an iconic team nickname, there is a true connection with the city of Charlotte that dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
Yes, at times over the last couple of seasons it has felt like centuries have past since the Bobcats won a game. Maybe a new old nickname will help.