Italic denotes still active but not with team. [41] On December 14, the Bobcats beat the New Orleans Hornets in overtime in the team's first trip to Charlotte since relocating. Roster Last transaction: December 14, 2020. The Hornets left open the possibility of … It also brought back the "Buzz City" crest in front. [46], Front office and coaching were key focuses for the Bobcats during the 2007 off-season. [65], On May 21, 2013, Jordan officially announced the organization had submitted an application to change the name of the franchise to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014–15 NBA season, pending a majority vote for approval by the NBA Board of Governors at a meeting in Las Vegas on July 18, 2013. OG Anunoby, right, of the Toronto Raptors dribbles against Gordon Hayward of the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of a pre-season game on Saturday in Charlotte… Despite injuries to both Johnson and Mourning, the two led the team in points-per-game. The Charlotte Hornets have no immediate plans to host fans at home games when the NBA season commences Dec. 22. Team info and history, recent games played and last seasons standings. Charlotte Hornets single game and 2020 season tickets On Sale now. The Charlotte Hornets radio home all season long is the team’s flagship station WFNZ (610 AM/102.5 FM). Since 1990, over 1 million customers served! With the Hornets App, you can enter Spectrum Center using mobile tickets, pay anywhere in the arena with your Buzz ID, or use Mobile Ordering for a cashless and faster ordering experience at all concession stands. For the 2011–12 season, however, the Bobcats wore their home uniforms on NASCAR night, complete with a racing flag patch. Despite initial concerns that the Coliseum was too big, the Hornets were a runaway hit, leading the NBA in attendance, a feat they would achieve seven more times in Charlotte. [23] Despite the success during the regular season, the Hornets went down rather meekly to the Knicks in three games. Since 1990, over 1 million customers served! Live stream upcoming Charlotte Hornets games on FOXSports.com! Visit Website Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. [49] After a year, during which he struggled with personnel decisions, Sam Vincent was fired in April 2008.[50]. The 1997–98 season was also successful. Team info and history, recent games played and last seasons standings. [24] The Hornets made it to back-to-back playoffs for the first time in franchise history, advancing to the second round, only to be stopped by the Bulls. The deal is believed to be the first simultaneous naming rights and broadcast rights deal in the history of North American professional sports. On February 27, 2010, it was announced that Johnson had decided to sell the team to Jordan, allowing Jordan to become the first former NBA player to become majority owner of a franchise. 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 Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team stayed in contention for a playoff spot until March, but finished the year with a 31–51 record. He was replaced by former Celtics teammate Paul Silas, who became the team's fifth head coach. The Hornets hope COVID-19 circumstances will change in the coming months, allowing at least some limited attendance at Spectrum Center. Terence Davis (Toronto Raptors) with a dunk vs the Charlotte Hornets, 12/12/2020. Overall, they featured less emphasis on orange. Browse store.nba.com for the latest Youth Hornets gear, Kids apparel, Children's clothing and more. Yes No. November 27, 2020 – The NBA today announced the Charlotte Hornets’ four-game 2020-21 preseason schedule, highlighted by two home matchups … The Hornets were competitive but failed to qualify for the playoffs, again finishing with a 41–41 record. 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 team seemed to rebound with a 7–5 start to the season. View the latest in Charlotte Hornets, NBA team news here. They also represent the Hornets brand as ambassadors to the community and are involved in community service activities and charity functions. Despite the change, the team continued to struggle, finishing the season with a disappointing 19–63 record. However, Charlotte was bounced from the playoffs in the first round, falling to the Chicago Bulls in four games. In 1985, the NBA was planning to expand by three teams by the 1988–1989 season, later modified to include a total of four expansion teams. [68][69] The team officially unveiled its future logo and identity scheme during halftime of their December 21 game against the Jazz. Thats the mentality for the Hornets under the Hall of Famer/GOAT owner, now in their second incarnation in Charlotte. From 1995 to 1998, some games aired on WJZY's sister station, WFVT-TV (now WMYT-TV). However, the team went through an eight-game losing streak and dropped their record to 22–41 by early March 2007. The Hornets had a successful 2017 off-season. They were an expansion team called the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004, but changed their name to Hornets in 2014 after reclaiming it from the team that moved from Charlotte to New Orleans in 2001 (now Pelicans). News 14 was also not available on satellite. View the Charlotte Hornets's Official NBA Schedule, Roster & Standings. The Bobcats were officially renamed the Hornets by the 2014–15 season.[1][10][11]. The Hornets' second season was a struggle from start to finish. Shortly after, they traded with the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire the second pick in the 2004 NBA draft, which they used to select center Emeka Okafor from Connecticut. In the 2017–18 season Kemba Walker was selected for his second NBA All-Star appearance and passed Dell Curry for most three-pointers and the all-time leading scorer. The Charlotte Hornets and owner Michael Jordan have been largely mediocre over the last decade. Charlotte returned to the playoffs, where they lost to the Heat in seven games in the first round. The 'Hugo' logo was prominently featured on the shorts' beltline, beginning in early 1992. 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. [123] The updated Hugo was unveiled on an around the city tour on June 5, 2014.[124]. The Charlotte area had long been a hotbed for college basketball. Sunday was the home opener for the Charlotte Hornets, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that the NBA is back. [100] The 2018–19 version was slightly tweaked to feature teal lettering and a new logo reminiscent of the original Air Jordan "Wings" logo. The white home uniforms sported the shorter nickname 'Cats' in navy and Carolina blue trim, while the numbers were in Carolina blue and navy trim, with navy side stripes. Copyright © 2020 NBA Media Ventures, LLC. TicketCity is a secure site to purchase NBA tickets and our Unique Shopping Experience makes it easy to find the best basketbsall tickets. [98], The Hornets revamped their purple "Statement" uniforms prior to the 2019–20 season. If you make a request through the WarnerMedia Privacy Center, [78] Stephenson was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes who was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Courtney Lee. The Bobcats unveiled new uniforms on June 19, 2012, their second and final change in five years. In the end, the Bobcats finished the season with a 34–48 record overall, finishing 25–29 under Silas. [66] The NBA announced, on July 18, 2013, that it had unanimously approved the rebranding, which would begin upon the conclusion of the 2013–14 season. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charlotte Hornets will play their home games at Spectrum Center without fans to begin the 2020-21 season. Stay current with the Charlotte Hornets via their official website and apps. Recent Game Results Height of bar is margin of victory • Mouseover bar for details • Click for box score • Grouped by Month [96] It was also worn during select games of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. The home uniforms were white and featured an arched "Bobcats" in blue with orange and white trim. [76] The team also picked up Scotty Hopson (whom they would trade to New Orleans) and cash considerations in free agency. Find out the latest on your favorite NBA teams on CBSSports.com. The Bobcats' inaugural game, and the first of their 2004–05 season took place on November 4 at the Charlotte Coliseum, and was a 103–96 loss to the Washington Wizards. Starting with the 1990–91 season, several games also aired on the original SportSouth, forerunner of Fox Sports South, for customers in North and South Carolina. Despite finishing the season with the worst record in NBA history, the Bobcats received the second overall pick. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. The arena was considered outdated because of a lack of luxury boxes and suites. The longest homestand of the season for the Hornets is five games from Dec. 2-10. To opt out of the sale of your personal information as permitted by the California Consumer Despite struggling for most of the year, they managed to close out the season with four straight wins to finish with a record of 26–56, an eight-game improvement from the previous season. List of the last five seasons completed by the Hornets. On June 3, 2007 Charlotte Coliseum was demolished, marking a bitter end to the original Hornets era. [70], The original Hornets uniforms were designed by international designer and North Carolina native Alexander Julian. If you make a request through CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets have hired a new radio voice, their fourth in just as many years. | View the Charlotte Hornets (NBA) game schedule on TVGuide.com which includes all home and away games. 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The Charlotte Hornets won’t have fans at Spectrum Center during the upcoming regular season until further notice. However, they promptly went on an 18-game losing streak from which they never recovered, snapping the streak with a win at Chicago. Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Winning Percentage; The Hornets played their first 15 seasons at the Charlotte Coliseum, which was called "The Hive" by fans. Gray fully outlines the logo. The Honey Bees perform sideline dances as well as center-court dances during games. Manage Preferences, Two Home Matchups to Air on Fox Sports Southeast, 2020 Draft Central presented by LendingTree, New Association and Icon Edition Uniforms, Front Office Sports Names Hornets One Of ‘Best Employers in Sports’, Hornets Postgame | James Borrego - 12/14/20, Hornets Name Sam Farber Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster, Charlotte Hornets Announce 2020 Training Camp Roster, Charlotte Hornets Sign Grant Riller and Nate Darling to Two-Way Contracts. The team is mainly owned by Hall-of-Fame member Michael Jordan, who acquired a controlling interest in the team in 2010. The Charlotte Hornets play most of their games on Fox Sports Carolinas, a regional sports network. The silhouetted Hornets logo was moved to the sides of the shorts while the partial logo was placed on the beltline. [42] The Bobcats finished their inaugural season 18–64. [117][118] He first appeared on November 1, 2003, according to his official bio on the Bobcats' website. While most teams feature team names on home jerseys and their home city on away jerseys, the Hornets' uniforms had "Charlotte" on both home and away jerseys. The Coliseum hosted 364 consecutive NBA sell-outs from December 1988 to November 1997. 1.3m Followers, 1,584 Following, 11.5k Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) The Hornets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. Trending news, game recaps, highlights, player information, rumors, videos and more from FOX Sports. $2,000 Prize. How can he impact a team that has missed the playoffs the past four seasons? With almost 24,040 seats, it was (and still remains) the largest basketball-specific venue in the league by seating capacity. [55] Paul Silas was hired as their new head coach the same day. The Charlotte debuts of first-round draft pick LaMelo Ball and free-agent signing Gordon Hayward Preseason are set for Dec. 12 when the Hornets host the Raptors, and if … Charlotte Hornets kids gear is at the Official Online Store of the NBA. When the team was known as the Bobcats, the cheerleaders were called the Lady Cats. Check out the Charlotte Hornets game log. [57], In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, Charlotte lost often, including their last 23 games. The Charlotte Hornets suffered a tough loss to the Tampa Bay Raptors with the NBA preseason kicking off for the organization. A silver basketball was placed behind the right of the head, all encased in an orange-blue-gray circle. At the end of the 2017–18 season, the Hornets did not renew the contract of general manager Rich Cho. “We will continue to … When Michael Jordan has a controlling interest in your ballclub, you know he's focused on winning. 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. The Hornets … In August 2016, the arena was renamed the Spectrum Center after Time Warner's merger with Charter Communications and its Spectrum consumer/business branding.[110]. 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. A change to a less vibrant orange and blue, while retaining the same look, was made in 2007. WJZY became the Hornets' over-the-air flagship in 1992, and remained as such until 1998. [121] Rufus D. Lynx is featured in NBA Jam 2010. With the first pick in the 1991 NBA draft, the Hornets drafted power forward Larry Johnson from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Despite the departures of Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler, the Bobcats hoped to make the playoffs for a second straight season. Visit FOXSports.com for Charlotte Hornets NBA scores and schedule for the current season. Following the signing of Gordon Hayward and drafting LaMelo Ball with the No. The team released a statement saying that with health and safety as its top priorities, no fans will attend games when the 2020-21 season begins. [20] Johnson and Mourning again led the team in points-per-game, while also leading the club in rebounding. 2:11. On June 20, 2019, the Hornets selected P. J. Washington with the twelfth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Generally, most home games slated for telecast aired on SportSouth/Fox Sports South.[125]. [45], The Bobcats showed some improvement during the 2006–07 season, posting a playoff-hopeful record of 22–33 late in February 2007. STATEMENT FROM THE CHARLOTTE HORNETS. The 2017–18 version featured black letters with white trim on a black base and the sides featured a wing pattern of a hornet. Charlotte finished 21–61, the second-worst record in the league. In the 1994–95 season, the Hornets finished with a 50–32 record, returning to the playoffs. Diehard hornets fan’s first game | Charlotte Vlog - Duration: 2:11. Hornets … During the 2012 NBA All-Star Jam Session, Rufus D. Lynx broke a world record along with Coyote, Grizz, Hooper, and Sly the Silver Fox for most "between the legs" basketball dunks. Hibbert would be traded mid-season to the Milwaukee Bucks with Spencer Hawes for center Miles Plumlee. [113], Hugo The Hornet is the current mascot of the franchise, and was retained by the New Orleans Hornets after the Charlotte Hornets departure in 2002, until the New Orleans franchise's rebranding as the Pelicans. The Hornets will open preseason action against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, Dec. 12, followed by a second home matchup with the Raptors on Monday, Dec.14 at Spectrum Center. it will apply to data controlled jointly by the NBA and WarnerMedia as well as other data controlled by WarnerMedia. The Hornets will spend $120 million on forward Gordon Hayward over the next four years. The Charlotte Hornets play most of their games on Fox Sports Carolinas, a regional sports network. Rod Higgins was hired as general manager,[47] and Sam Vincent was hired as the second head coach in franchise history. Former college coach and veteran NBA assistant Dick Harter was hired as the team's first head coach. Visit ESPN to view the Charlotte Hornets team schedule for the current and previous seasons [32] Hip-hop artist Nelly became a notable co-owner. Charlotte Hornets @hornets 2021 Prospects Who Could've Gone No. [citation needed] Racing Day blue alternates (with an arched 'Charlotte', checkered flag side stripes, and centered numbers) were used to honor Charlotte's NASCAR fanbase. [111] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams. Stream Charlotte Hornets Games With NBA League Pass. 1.3m Followers, 1,584 Following, 11.5k Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) Before 2010, games had aired on WOLS. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. The base color is mint and letters and numbers are in granite black with metallic gold trim. 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 Basketball Association's Carolina Cougars from 1969 to 1974. Charlotte Hornets 2018-19 Schedule and Results. ET. The Bobcats won their first game against the Pacers, snapping their 23-game losing streak. Charlotte now had two 20–10 threats in Johnson and Mourning, who with Kendall Gill, formed perhaps the league's top young trio. But things have changed in the Eastern Conference, as the exit of LeBron James to the Lakers has opened the door for up and coming teams like the Hornets to make a serious playoff push. 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. CHARLOTTE HORNETS GAME. 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. However, it was discarded by Johnson and the team involved in creating the team's identity, being considered abstract and reminiscent of the then-current Iraq War aerial strikes. The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn. [108][109] When the Hornets returned to Charlotte, "The Hive" nickname also returned to the arena. The navy away uniforms featured 'Charlotte' in white and Carolina blue trim, with the numbers featured the same trim as the city name, with Carolina blue side stripes. Do Not Sell My Personal Information | The Hornets hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. For the third consecutive year, FOX Sports Southeast will broadcast both Hornets preseason home games against the Raptors on Dec. 12 and Dec. 14. Watch the game on Fox Sports Southeast - Charlotte … [31] The franchise with Johnson as its owner was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on January 10, 2003. Going down the stretch, injuries to both Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas derailed any chances of Charlotte trying to catch the Indiana Pacers for the eighth spot in the east. It was the best season in franchise history since the original Hornets era. Both games will tip-off at 7p.m. The Bobcats primary logo from 2004 to 2012 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. Scheer preferred a roster of veteran players, hoping to put together a competitive team as soon as possible. The Bobcats hired Bernie Bickerstaff as the first head coach and general manager in franchise history. The Charlotte Hornets have no immediate plans to host fans at home games when the NBA season commences Dec. 22. A tricolor featuring teal, purple and blue was featured on the beltline and the piping. Bold denotes still active with team. The hornet's stinger is prominently featured; a basketball pattern is above the stinger. The team is largely owned by former NBA player Michael Jordan, who acquired controlling interest in the team in 2010. The Bobcats unveiled Hardwood Classics uniforms honoring the American Basketball Association (ABA)'s Carolina Cougars, which the team wore for select games in 2012.[94]. From 1997 to 2002, the Hornets made slight changes to their uniforms. Road uniforms were blue and featured an arched "Charlotte" in white with blue and orange trim. Following the season, the Hornets traded Mourning to the Miami Heat for forward Glen Rice, center Matt Geiger, and guard Khalid Reeves.[21]. [39] A new arena to host the Bobcats in uptown Charlotte began construction in July 2003. What: Charlotte Hornets vs Toronto Raptors When: Saturday December 12, 7:00 pm EST Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC How to watch: FOX Sports Southeast, NBATV, NBA League Pass Normally we don’t do these until the day of the game, but it’s the first preseason game, and I’m sure everybody is super excited for it. The 'H' portion of the logo remained on the warm-ups and waistband of the jerseys until the 1991–92 season. $2,000 Prize. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charlotte Hornets will play their home games at Spectrum Center without fans to begin the 2020-21 season. [88], On July 6, 2019, Kemba Walker joined the Boston Celtics through a sign-and-trade deal with the Hornets. The team finished with a 26–24 record, but failed to qualify for the playoffs. With the Hornets App, you can enter Spectrum Center using mobile tickets, pay anywhere in the arena with your Buzz ID, or use Mobile Ordering for a cashless and faster ordering experience at all concession stands. Johnson had an impact season, finishing among the league leaders in points and rebounds, and winning the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. [34], In June 2003, the team name was officially announced as the Bobcats. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. WarnerMedia Privacy Center | NBA Privacy Center | 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 addition of Carolina blue was seen as way to connect owner Michael Jordan's collegiate roots, while the formal adoption of 'Cats' for marketing purposes reflected a popular nickname. St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap was named as his successor.[58]. Are you a … The next three seasons (1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2001–02) saw the Hornets in the playoffs each year, reaching the conference semifinals twice. November 27, 2020 – The NBA today announced the Charlotte Hornets’ four-game 2020-21 preseason schedule, highlighted by two home matchups at Spectrum Center against the Toronto Raptors. [86] In January 2019 Kemba Walker was named an All-Star Game starter for the Eastern Conference, his first starting role in an All-Star Game, and matched only Glen Rice for his third All-Star Game appearance in his Hornets career. In 1994, the Hornets unveiled a purple alternate uniform, with pinstripes in white, green, blue and teal. Terence Davis (Toronto Raptors) with a dunk vs the Charlotte Hornets, 12/12/2020. After the season, the Bobcats announced that NBA legend and North Carolina native Michael Jordan had bought a minority stake in the team. [107] On August 31, 2020, the Hornets unveiled new uniforms that include double pinstriped jerseys that pay homage to the jerseys worn from 1997 until 2002. The Raptors open their preseason schedule with a matchup against the Hornets, who were active this offseason, drafting LaMelo Ball with the No. NFL Sunday Week 14. [89], On November 18, 2020, the Hornets selected LaMelo Ball with the third overall pick. 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 rights to rookie and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, whom the Hornets picked 13th overall. [12] The team's uniforms, designed by international designer and North Carolina native Alexander Julian, featured a first for NBA uniforms—pin stripes. [28] Several ownership groups, including one led by former Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, made bids for the franchise. Charlotte finished the regular season 43–39. Regular season (as of the end of the 2019–20 season), The following Hornets players were selected to the NBA All-Star Game. Watch Charlotte Hornets's Games with NBA League Pass. Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) are not common on streaming services, but when they do exist they are usually only available for an additional fee. It aired 60 Bobcats games that also aired on Comporium Cable in the South Carolina portion of the Charlotte market. Site Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 4:30AM Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? The name comes from the scientific name of the bobcat, which is Lynx rufus. [80] The trade reunited Howard with head coach Steve Clifford, both of whom worked together during Howard's time in Orlando and Los Angeles. 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