The CHARLOTTE HORNETS are an American professional basketball team
Charlotte, North Carolina . The Hornets compete in the
The original Hornets franchise was established in
* 1 Franchise history
* 1.1 1988–2002: Original Charlotte Hornets/ George Shinn era
* 1.1.1 1985–1988: Birth of the Hornets * 1.1.2 1988–1992: Early seasons * 1.1.3 1992–1995: Johnson–Mourning era * 1.1.4 1995–1998: Glen Rice era * 1.1.5 1998–2002: Final years of original personnel
* 1.2 2004–2014: Charlotte Bobcats era
* 1.2.1 2004–2007: Return to Charlotte * 1.2.2 2007–2010: Larry Brown era * 1.2.3 2009–2010: Michael Jordan\'s acquisition of the franchise * 1.2.4 2010–2014: Final Years of the Bobcats
* 1.3 2014–present: New Hornets era
* 2 Logos and uniforms
* 2.1 Logos * 2.2 Uniforms
* 3 Arenas * 4 Roster
* 5 Personnel
* 5.1 Retained draft rights * 5.2 Head coaches
* 6 Franchise records, awards and honors
Further information: History of the Charlotte Hornets
1988–2002: ORIGINAL CHARLOTTE HORNETS/GEORGE SHINN ERA
1985–1988: Birth Of The Hornets
In 1985, the NBA was planning to expand by three teams by the
1988–1989 season, later modified to include a total of four
George Shinn , an entrepreneur from Kannapolis, North
Carolina , wanted to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area, and he
assembled a group of prominent local businessmen to head the
prospective franchise. The Charlotte area had long been a hotbed for
college basketball . Charlotte was also one of the fastest-growing
cities in the United States, and was previously one of the three
in-state regional homes to the American
Despite doubt from critics, Shinn's ace in the hole was the Charlotte
Coliseum , a state-of-the-art arena that would seat almost 24,000
spectators – the largest basketball-specific arena ever to serve as
a full-time home for an NBA team. On April 5, 1987, then-NBA
Originally, the new team was going to be called the Charlotte Spirit,
but a name-the-team contest yielded "Hornets" as the winning choice.
The team received further attention when it chose teal as its primary
color, setting off a sports fashion craze in the late 1980s and early
1990s. The team's uniforms, designed by international designer and
Shinn hired Carl Scheer as the team's first President and General
Manager. Scheer preferred a roster of veteran players, hoping to put
together a competitive team as soon as possible. Former college coach
and veteran NBA assistant
Dick Harter was hired as the team's first
head coach. In 1988, the Hornets and the
1988–1992: Early Seasons
Season tickets for the Hornets' inaugural season.
The Hornets' first NBA game took place on November 4, 1988, at the
Charlotte Coliseum , losing 133–93 to the
Cleveland Cavaliers .
Four days later, the team notched its first-ever victory over the Los
Angeles Clippers , 117–105. On December 23, 1988, the Hornets
really gave their fans something to cheer about, beating Michael
Jordan and the
Chicago Bulls 103–101 in Jordan's first return to
The Hornets' second season was a struggle from start to finish. Members of the team rebelled against Dick Harter's defense-oriented style, and he was replaced mid-season by assistant Gene Littles following an 8–32 start. Despite the change, the team continued to struggle, finishing the season with a disappointing 19–63 record.
The team showed improvement during the following season . They won
eight of their first fifteen games, including a 120–105 victory over
Washington Bullets . However, the team went cold, losing their
next eleven games. The Hornets, who hosted the 1991
With the first pick in the 1991 NBA draft , the Hornets drafted power forward Larry Johnson from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas . Johnson had an impact season, finishing among the league leaders in points and rebounds, and winning the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year Award . Additionally, Guard Kendall Gill led the club in scoring, averaging over 20 points per game. The team stayed in contention for a playoff spot until March, but finished the year with a 31–51 record.
1992–1995: Johnson–Mourning Era
The Hornets were in the lottery again in 1992 and won the second
overall pick in the draft, using it to select Georgetown center Alonzo
Mourning . Charlotte now had two 20–10 threats in Johnson and
Mourning, who with Kendall Gill, formed perhaps the league's top young
trio. The team finished their fifth season at 44–38, their
first-ever winning record and good enough for the first playoff berth
in franchise history. Finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference , the
Hornets upset the
The Hornets finished the 1993–94 season with a 41–41 record, narrowly missing the playoffs. Despite injuries to both Johnson and Mourning, the two led the team in points-per-game.
In the 1994–95 season , the Hornets finished with a 50-32 record,
returning to the playoffs . Johnson and Mourning again led the team in
points-per-game, while also leading the club in rebounding. However,
Charlotte was bounced from the playoffs in the first round, falling to
Chicago Bulls in four games. Following the season, the Hornets
traded Mourning to the
1995–1998: Glen Rice Era
Glen Rice would make an immediate impact after joining the Hornets,
leading the team in scoring and points-per-game during the 1995–96
season . While Rice and Johnson provided high-powered scoring, Geiger
tied with Johnson for the team lead in rebounds, and All-Star guard
Kenny Anderson ran the point for the injured
The 1996 off-season was again marked by vast changes: Anderson declined to re-sign, Johnson was shipped to the Knicks for power forward Anthony Mason , and the team made a trade on draft day 1996 , acquiring center Vlade Divac from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the Lakers rights to rookie Kobe Bryant , who the Hornets picked 13th overall. The new-look Hornets were successful, with Divac and Geiger providing the center combination, Mason averaging a double-double, Bogues back at the point, and Rice having the finest season of his career. The team achieved the best season in its history at the time, finishing 54-28, and making it back to the playoffs . Despite the success during the regular season, the Hornets went down rather meekly to the Knicks in three games.
The 1997–98 season was also successful.
1998–2002: Final Years Of Original Personnel
The 1998–99 season was shortened. The season didn't start until February, as the lockout shortened the regular season to only 50 games. Additionally, Glen Rice was traded to the Lakers for Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell , and Dave Cowens resigned midway through the season. He was replaced by former Celtics teammate Paul Silas , who became the team's fifth head coach. The team finished with a 26–24 record, but failed to qualify for the playoffs.
The next three seasons (
1999–2000 NBA season , 2000–01 NBA season
2001–02 NBA season ), saw the Hornets in the playoffs each year,
reaching the conference semifinals twice. Before the Hornets were
eliminated from the 2002 playoffs, the NBA approved a deal for the
team to move to
2004–2014: CHARLOTTE BOBCATS ERA
Shortly after the two-year hiatus of the
In June 2003, the team name was officially announced as the Bobcats.
The Charlotte Regional Sports Commission aided the naming process with
The Bobcats hired
2004–2007: Return To Charlotte
The Bobcats versus the Dallas Mavericks on November 11, 2005.
The Bobcats held their expansion draft on June 22, 2004, picking up
youngsters such as
Gerald Wallace ,
Primož Brezec , and Jason Kapono
. Shortly after, they traded with the
Los Angeles Clippers to acquire
the second pick in the
2004 NBA draft , which they used to select
Emeka Okafor from Connecticut . The Bobcats' inaugural game,
and the first of their 2004–05 season took place on November 4 at
Charlotte Coliseum , and was a 103–96 loss to the Washington
Wizards . Two days later, they won their first game in franchise
history over the
Orlando Magic , 111–100. On December 14, the
Bobcats beat the
2005 NBA draft , the Bobcats drafted
Raymond Felton and Sean
The Bobcats showed some improvement during the 2006–07 season , posting a playoff-hopeful record of 22–33 late in February 2007. However, the team went through an eight-game losing streak and dropped their record to 22–41 by early March 2007. Following the slump, Jordan announced that Bickerstaff would not return to coach the following season, but would finish coaching the remainder of the 2006–07 season. The Bobcats won 11 of their last 19 games of Bickerstaff's tenure to finish their third season 33–49.
2007–2010: Larry Brown Era
Front office and coaching were key focuses for the Bobcats during the 2007 offseason. Rod Higgins was hired as general manager , and Sam Vincent was hired as the second head coach in franchise history. In the 2007 NBA draft , Brandan Wright was selected by the Bobcats with the eighth pick; he was subsequently traded to Golden State for Jason Richardson . The Bobcats were unable to capitalize on offseason moves, finishing the 2007–08 season with a 32–50 record. The team struggled amid rumors of players clashing with the coach. After a year, during which he struggled with personnel decisions, Sam Vincent was fired in April 2008.
On April 29, 2008 the Bobcats reached an agreement to hire Basketball
Hall of Famer Larry Brown as the third head coach in franchise
history. In the
2008 NBA draft , the Bobcats selected D. J. Augustin
from Texas ninth overall. On December 10, 2008, a little over a month
into the season, the Bobcats obtained
Boris Diaw and
Raja Bell in a
trade with Phoenix. The trade turned out to be successful as the team
came close to reaching the franchise's first playoff berth, but
finished four games out of eighth place with a record of 35-47.
Following the season, majority owner Bob Johnson announced he was
putting the team up for sale.
2009–2010: Michael Jordan\'s Acquisition Of The Franchise
During the offseason, the team picked Gerald Henderson from Duke 12th
overall in the
2009 NBA draft . The Bobcats traded
Emeka Okafor for
On April 9, 2010, the Bobcats clinched their first playoff berth
since 2002 with a 104–103 road win over the
2010–2014: Final Years Of The Bobcats
Despite the departures of
Raymond Felton and
On June 13, 2011, the Bobcats made some changes to their front office
by hiring former Trail Blazers general manager
Rich Cho to the same
position and promoting
Rod Higgins to President of Basketball
Operations. During the
2011 NBA draft the Bobcats sent Jackson, Shaun
Livingston , and the 19th pick to Milwaukee and received Corey
Maggette and the 7th pick in return. The Bobcats used that pick to
Bismack Biyombo and with their 9th pick drafted Connecticut\'s
Kemba Walker , the NCAA
In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, Charlotte lost often,
including their last 23 games. During their season finale against the
New York Knicks
With the 2nd pick in the 2012 NBA draft , the Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and selected Jeffery Taylor with the 31st pick. They also added Ben Gordon , Ramon Sessions and Brendan Haywood in free agency. The Bobcats won their first game against the Pacers, snapping their 23-game losing streak. The team seemed to rebound with a 7–5 start to the season. However, they promptly went on an 18-game losing streak from which they never recovered, snapping the streak with a win at Chicago. Charlotte finished 21–61, the second-worst record in the league. Dunlap was fired on April 23, reportedly because the players were turned off by his heavy-handed coaching style. He would be replaced by former Los Angeles Lakers assistant head coach Steve Clifford .
During the 2013 NBA draft , the Bobcats selected power forward/center Cody Zeller 4th overall. The Bobcats would also obtain former Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson in free agency. In February 2014, the team received Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour in a trade with the Bucks. The new players and coaching staff worked as the Bobcats clinched a playoff berth for the second time in franchise history by beating Cleveland on the road. Charlotte finished the regular season 43-39. However, the Bobcats were swept in four games by defending champion Miami in the first round.
2014–PRESENT: NEW HORNETS ERA
On May 21, 2013, Jordan officially announced the organization had
submitted an application to change the name of the franchise to the
On May 20, 2014, the Bobcats officially became the second incarnation
of the Charlotte Hornets. At a press conference regarding the change,
team officials also announced that as part of a deal with the NBA and
the Pelicans, the renamed Hornets reclaimed the history and records of
the 1988–2002 Hornets (in a move similar to that of the NFL\'s
Cleveland Browns return to the league in 1999 ), while all of the
Hornets' records during their time in
To restate and clarify a confusing series of events: after the 2002 season, the original Hornets moved to New Orleans. In 2004, Charlotte was granted a new franchise, the Bobcats. After the 2013–14 season, the Bobcats changed their name to the Hornets and reclaimed the history and records of the 1988–2002 Hornets. As a result, the Hornets are now retconned as having suspended operations from 2002 to 2004, while the Pelicans are now retconned as having joined the league in 2002 as an expansion team.
2014 NBA draft , the Hornets had the 9th overall pick from an
earlier trade with the
During their first year of free agency as the Hornets, the team signed former Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson . The Hornets also signed former Jazz and Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams to a two-year deal. A mostly difficult year led to a 33–49 record overall and a 4th-place finish in the division. Stephenson was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes who was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies .
The following year , the team improved to 48–34 overall, following the acquisition of players such as Nicolas Batum , Jeremy Lamb , and Jeremy Lin . It was the best season in franchise history since the original Hornets era. Charlotte returned to the playoffs, where they lost to the Heat in seven games in the first round.
LOGOS AND UNIFORMS
The Hornets first logo was a teal and purple anthropomorphic hornet wearing white shoes and gloves dribbling an orange basketball. The words 'Charlotte Hornets' were in teal and curved across the top and bottom of the logo. An alternate logo, used only for the 1988–89 season, featured a large teal letter 'C', with 'Charlotte' in black letters curved upwards underneath. Inside the 'C' was a smaller white letter 'H' outlined in teal, with a black colored hornet holding a basketball from birds-eye view placed in the center. The 'H' portion of the logo remained on the warm-ups and wasteband of the jerseys until the 1991–92 season.
The Bobcats primary logo from 2004 to 2013 consisted of a snarling
orange bobcat facing to the right with the indented name 'Bobcats'
above in silver on a blue background, with 'Charlotte' (also indented)
appearing above it in the same blue color. A change to a less vibrant
orange and blue, while retaining the same look, was made in 2007.
Further color changes in 2013 made the bobcat gray, extended the blue
background up to the 'Charlotte' name, which changed from blue to
Charlotte's second Hornets logo features a teal and purple forward-facing hornet with the words 'Charlotte Hornets' on its torso. Wings sprout up above the head on both left and right, with teal and purple details. The hornet's stinger is prominently featured; a basketball pattern is above the stinger. Gray fully outlines the logo. Among the team's different secondary logos includes a hornet facing to the side, its teal and purple body arched in a 'C' shape representing the city of Charlotte, and a modified version of the Hornets original logo (sans the basketball) as the official mascot logo.
The original Hornets uniforms were designed by international designer
In 1994, the Hornets unveiled a purple alternate uniform, with pinstripes in white, green, blue and teal. Likewise Hugo was featured in the beltline.
From 1997 to 2002, the Hornets made slight changes to their uniforms. Hugo was moved from the beltline to the left leg, while side stripes with pinstripes were added, in purple (away) and teal (home) colors. A tricolor featuring teal, purple and blue was featured on the beltline and the piping.
The Bobcats' first home jerseys were white, reading "Bobcats" in
orange with blue and black trimming. The primary away jersey was
orange reading "Charlotte" in white with blue and black trimming. In
the 2006 offseason, the Bobcats announced a new alternate away jersey
which debuted during the 2006–07 season. The alternate jersey is
blue, with the name "Bobcats" in white with black, orange and white
trimming. Racing Day blue alternates (with an arched 'Charlotte',
checkered flag side stripes, and centered numbers) are used to honor
For the 2009–10 season, the Bobcats sported redesigned uniforms,
having a mixture of characteristics from both Hornets and Bobcats
uniforms. They also resemble the Magic's current kit. The home
uniforms were white and featured an arched "Bobcats" in blue with
orange and white trim. Road uniforms were blue and featured an arched
"Charlotte" in white with blue and orange trim. Both designs feature
silver pinstripes, similar to what the Hornets wore. The NASCAR
uniform was also updated to include the pinstripes. For the 2011–12
season, however, the Bobcats wore their home uniforms on
The Bobcats unveiled new uniforms on June 19, 2012, their second and
final change in five years. Overall, they featured less emphasis on
orange. The white home uniforms sported the shorter nickname 'Cats' in
The newly renamed Hornets unveiled the team's uniforms on June 19, 2014, consisting of white home and purple road uniforms with the "Hornets" wordmark across the chest. The team also unveiled a teal alternate uniform with the "Charlotte" wordmark across the chest. The teal uniform is planned to be used as an alternate uniform for either home or road games and worn a total of 16-20 times per season.
On June 25, 2015, the Hornets unveiled a black sleeved alternate uniform, featuring their "Buzz City" nickname in front. The team plans to wear the uniform for as many as six games during the 2015–16 NBA season . It was also worn during select games of the 2016 NBA Playoffs .
For the 2017–18 season and beyond, the Hornets will be outfitted by Nike 's Air Jordan brand endorsed by franchise owner Michael Jordan. The white "Association" uniform and the teal "Icon" uniform feature the "Hornets" wordmark in front and the silhouetted hornet on the waistband. Two alternate uniforms will be unveiled at a later date.
The Hornets played their first 15 seasons at the
Charlotte Coliseum ,
which was called "The Hive" by fans. With almost 24,000 seats, it was
(and still remains) the largest basketball-specific venue in the
league by seating capacity. The Coliseum hosted 364 consecutive NBA
sell-outs from December
Charlotte Hornets draft history
CHARLOTTE HORNETS ROSTER
* v * t * e
POS. NO. NAME HEIGHT WEIGHT DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) FROM
2.5 !G/F 4 Bacon, Dwayne 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995-08-30 Florida State
7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
1.5 !G 10 Carter-Williams, Michael 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991-10-10 Syracuse
7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
226 lb (103 kg)
7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
230 lb (104 kg)
6.0 !C 12 Howard, Dwight 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1985-12-08 Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
5.5 !F/C 44 Kaminsky, Frank 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1993-04-04 Wisconsin
4.0 !F 14 Kidd-Gilchrist, Michael 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 232 lb (105 kg) 1993-09-26 Kentucky
1.5 !G 3 Lamb, Jeremy 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992-05-30 Connecticut
4.0 !F — Mathiang, Mangok (TW) 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1992-10-08 Louisville
1.5 !G 1 Monk, Malik 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-02-04 Kentucky
5.5 !F/C 8 O\'Bryant, Johnny 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 257 lb (117 kg) 1993-06-01 LSU
Paige, Marcus (TW)
7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
164 lb (74 kg)
1.5 !G 15 Walker, Kemba (C) 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1990-05-08 Connecticut
7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
237 lb (108 kg)
1.5 !G — Williams, T. J. 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1994-10-26 Northeastern
6.0 !C 40 Zeller, Cody 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1992-10-05 Indiana
* (C) Team captain * (DP) Unsigned draft pick * (FA) Free agent * (S) Suspended * (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate * (TW) Two-way affiliate player * Injured
Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2017-07-07
RETAINED DRAFT RIGHTS
The Hornets hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player is ostensibly either an international draftee or a college draftee who isn't signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends. This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.
DRAFT ROUND PICK PLAYER POS. NATIONALITY CURRENT TEAM NOTE(S) REF
Main article: List of Charlotte Hornets head coaches
NAME TENURE TOTALS REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
G W L PCT G W L PCT G W L PCT
DICK HARTER June 2, 1988–January 31, 1990 122 28 94 .230 122 28 94 .230 0 0 0 –
GENE LITTLES January 31, 1990–July 24, 1991 124 37 87 .298 124 37 87 .298 0 0 0 –
ALLAN BRISTOW July 24, 1991–April 23, 1996 423 212 211 .501 410 207 203 .505 13 5 8 .385
DAVE COWENS May 29, 1996–March 7, 1999 191 113 78 .592 179 109 70 .609 12 4 8 .333
PAUL SILAS March 7, 1999–May 15, 2002 304 172 132 .566 281 161 120 .573 23 11 12 .478
BERNIE BICKERSTAFF October 16, 2004–March 13, 2007 246 77 169 .313 246 77 169 .313 0 0 0 –
SAM VINCENT May 25, 2007–April 26, 2008 82 32 50 .390 82 32 50 .390 0 0 0 –
LARRY BROWN April 29, 2008–December 22, 2010 196 88 108 .449 192 88 104 .449 4 0 4 .000
PAUL SILAS December 22, 2010–April 30, 2012 120 32 88 .267 120 32 88 .267 0 0 0 –
MIKE DUNLAP June 18, 2012–April 23, 2013 82 21 61 .256 82 21 61 .256 0 0 0 –
STEVE CLIFFORD May 29, 2013 – 257 163 176 .481 246 160 168 .488 11 3 8 .273
TOTALS 2147 939 1208 .437 2084 916 1168 .440 63 23 40 .365
* A 1 2 Paul Silas has a combined total of 424 games coached, with a win-loss record of 204 wins and 220 losses, for a .481 winning percentage during his non-consecutive tenures in Charlotte.
FRANCHISE RECORDS, AWARDS AND HONORS
BOLD denotes still active with team. Italic denotes still active but not with team.
REGULAR SEASON (as of the end of the 2016–17 season)
MOST POINTS SCORED
Dell Curry 9,839
KEMBA WALKER 8,137
Gerald Wallace 7,437
Larry Johnson 7,405
Glen Rice 5,651
Emeka Okafor 3,516
Larry Johnson 3,479
Gerald Wallace 3,398
Anthony Mason 2,354
Raymond Felton 2,573
KEMBA WALKER 2,381
David Wesley 1,911
Baron Davis 1,605
MOST MINUTES PLAYED
Dell Curry 17,613
Gerald Wallace 16,718
KEMBA WALKER 15,008
Larry Johnson 14,635
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
* Larry Johnson – 1992 * Emeka Okafor – 2005
NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM
ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
* Larry Johnson – 1993 * Glen Rice – 1997
ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
* Gerald Wallace – 2010
NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
* Anthony Mason – 1997 * Eddie Jones – 1999, 2000 * P. J. Brown – 2001
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
* Dell Curry – 1994
EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
* Bob Bass – 1997
NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND
ALL-STAR GAME MVP
* Glen Rice – 1997
CHARLOTTE HORNETS RETIRED NUMBERS
NO. PLAYER POSITION TENURE
13 Bobby Phills G 1997–2000
BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMERS
CHARLOTTE HORNETS HALL OF FAMERS
NO. NAME POSITION TENURE INDUCTED
00 Robert Parish C 1994–1996 2003
NO. NAME POSITION TENURE INDUCTED
— Dave Cowens 1 Head coach 1996–1999 1991
— Larry Brown 2 Head coach 2008–2010 2002
* 1 Inducted as player. * 2 Coached the team when they were known as the Charlotte Bobcats.
FIBA HALL OF FAMERS
CHARLOTTE HORNETS HALL OF FAMERS
NO. NAME POSITION TENURE INDUCTED
12 Vlade Divac C 1996–1998 2010
MASCOT AND CHEERLEADERS
The original Hugo in
HUGO THE HORNET is the current mascot of the franchise, and was
retained by the
From 2004 to 2014, RUFUS D. LYNX was the mascot of the Bobcats. He
first appeared on November 1, 2003, according to his official bio on
the Bobcats' website. The name comes from the scientific name of the
bobcat , which is Lynx rufus. During the 2012
The Hornets have an official cheerleading squad known as the Charlotte Honey Bees . The Honey Bees perform sideline dances as well as center-court dances during games. They also represent the Hornets brand as ambassadors to the community and are involved in community service activities and charity functions. When the team was known as the Bobcats, the cheerleaders were called the Lady Cats.
Main article: List of Charlotte Hornets broadcasters
When the team returned as the Bobcats in 2004, Johnson partnered with
Time Warner to create Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television
(C-SET), a regional sports network . It aired 60 Bobcats games that
also aired on Comporium Cable in the
C-SET folded on the day of the 2005 NBA draft, and most games then
News 14 Carolina
As part of the Time Warner Cable Arena deal, the Bobcats signed over broadcasting rights to Fox Sports South. Starting with the last five games of the 2007–08 season, about 70 games per season were shown on Fox Sports Carolinas (Fox Sports South's new regional feed) and sister network Sportsouth (renamed Fox Sports Southeast in 2015) in North and South Carolina. The deal is believed to be the first simultaneous naming rights and broadcast rights deal in the history of North American professional sports. Since the 2008–09 season, all Bobcats/Hornets games that aren't slated for national broadcast have aired on either Fox Sports Carolinas or Sportsouth/Fox Sports Southeast.
For the team's first four seasons after their return to the league,
select games also aired on a network of over-the-air stations across
The team's radio flagship is all-sports station WFNZ . Before 2010, games had aired on WOLS . WOLS switched its non-sports programming from oldies to Spanish language on January 1, 2009, making Bobcats and Duke basketball the station's only non-Spanish language programming. WBT was the Hornets' radio flagship during the original franchise's entire run.
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