New Orleans Hornets
|New Orleans Hornets|
New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans Pelicans
|Arena||New Orleans Arena|
|City||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|General manager||Dell Demps|
|Head coach||Monty Williams|
|NBA D-League affiliate||Iowa Energy|
The New Orleans Hornets are an American professional basketball team in the NBA based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hornets joined the NBA in 1988 as an expansion franchise based in Charlotte. They moved to New Orleans in 2002 until Hurricane Katrina forced them to relocate temporarily to Oklahoma City. They split their time between New Orleans and Oklahoma City during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns but returned permanently to their home in New Orleans for the 2007-08 season. Read More...
Franchise Name History
Prior to the NBA's 1987 expansion movement, club officials formed a committee to name the team. From this committee, the nickname Charlotte Spirit was selected.
However, this brand new name never made it to the uniform manufacturer. Because public response to the name was poor, the owners gave in and held a contest once it was officially announced that an NBA team would be playing in Charlotte.
Fans submitted many names to the contest, held in conjunction with the Charlotte Observer. After carefully evaluating all entries, the owners selected names and asked the public to vote on them. Included in this group were the Gold, because legend states that gold was discovered in Charlotte even before the California rush; the Knights, because Charlotte is known as the "Queen City"; the Spirit, the owners' previous choice and the Hornets.
The Hornets prevailed by a landslide vote over the other names. The name "Hornets" goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War when British General Charles Cornwallis wrote to the King of England in his battle report from the Carolinas that "this place is like fighting in a hornet's nest."
The Hornets name is not new to Charlotte. There was a farm team of the Minnesota Twins in Charlotte called the Hornets, as well as a franchise in the World Football League by the same name. The Hornets moved to New Orleans for the start of the 2000-01 season.
The Hornets spent the 2005-06 in Oklahoma City because of Hurricane Katrina.
2013-present: The PelicansUtah Jazz however Utah expressed they did not wish to return to the name due to the 25 years associated with it). On December 4, 2012 it was announced the teams name would be changed the New Orleans Pelicans at the beginning of the 2013-14 season after Louisiana's state bird the Brown Pelican.
|Charlotte Coliseum||1988-2002||As Charlotte Hornets|
|New Orleans Arena||2002-present|
|Ford Center||2005-2007||In Oklahoma|
|Pete Maravich Assembly Center||2006||Louisiana|
|Noble Center||2006||In Oklahoma|
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New Orleans Hornets Community Outreach
The Hornets take great pride in building a positive, lasting impact as a contributing partner in their community. It is the team’s personal conviction to touch the lives of those who share their home. Since the organization’s inception, the Hornets have created a variety of programs and partnerships to offer a message of hope, future and dreams and are steadfastly committed to making their community a better place to live... Hornets in the Community