Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was asked if he'd be interested in bringing the Hornets name back to Charlotte. “It’s definitely an interest down the road, but right now it’s the New Orleans Hornets,” Jordan told The Charlotte Observer. The ultimate decision on whether Charlotte could bring back the Hornets name would not be up to the team regardless of what New Orleans decides. The Hornets moved to New Orleans from Charlotte in 2002, and when Tom Benson bought the team earlier this year he said that he would like to change the name to something more fitting of Louisiana. The league issued a statement Wednesday saying that it is aware of the Hornets' intentions, but the ultimate decision on team names and colors resides with the NBA. But the name would recall memories of the teams that starred Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning and were more entertaining than any Bobcats squad. If the amusingly named Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies could somehow be included in the transaction, then basketball team names might make a great deal more geographical sense.
Last week Michael Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, said that he would be open to changing the team's name to the Hornets should the franchise in New Orleans follow through with plans to change its name to something more befitting that city.