NBA fans in North Carolina have something to cheer about! The Charlotte Bobcats are starting the process to change their name back to the Charlotte Hornets.
In 2002 the Hornets franchise relocated to New Orleans, taking the name with them, so when the NBA returned to Charlotte in 2004, the city needed a new mascot and chose the Bobcats. But starting next season, New Orleans will be known as the Pelicans, leaving the Hornets name available for Charlotte to reclaim.
If the name change is approved, it most likely wouldn’t take effect until the 2014-15 season.