April 17, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 105-98. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Reports came out over the weekend that the Charlotte Bobcats franchise was preparing to begin the process of changing their nickname from the Bobcats back to the Hornets. Now, a source close to the team said Charlotte will make the announcement official Tuesday.
Team owner Michael Jordan will detail the timetable for the change at a press conference Tuesday, and NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver has stated that any name change would take 18 months to process. If that rule holds up, it means Charlotte would have to wait until the 2014-2015 season to be the Hornets.
Silver said in April that, Silver said in an April interview if the Bobcats decided to change their name to the Hornets it would be “an enormously complex process and a very expensive process for the team. From everything to the uniforms, to the building, to the letterhead to the signs on the offices — all of that has to be taken into account.”
While he didn’t say how much the change would cost, Silver did say the fact that the league owns the rights to the name Hornets could help speed up the transition process.
The Bobcats have been a doormat of the NBA since the franchise started in 2004. They have only recorded just one playoff appearance in nine seasons, in 2010, when they got swept by the Orlando Magic in the first round.
The Hornets were in Charlotte from 1988-2002, and at one point, were one of the most popular teams in the NBA, even with their lack of playoff success over the years. In the 1990’s, the franchise had a sellout streak of 364 games.