This news meant that the city of Charlotte, and it’s NBA team The Charlotte Bobcats, could change their name to the beloved Hornets once again. And that’s exactly what is going to happen, come the 2014-2015 NBA season.
Welcome Back Charlotte Hornets
During halftime of a late December 2013 game against the Utah Jazz, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan made the name change official, announcing at center court that the name change from the Bobcats to Hornets would be official come the 2014-2015 season. Along with the name change, the team’s logo and colors will be updated as well.
Charlotte’s NBA team was previously named the Hornets from 1988-2002 when the team was moved to New Orleans.
The Hornets were originally chosen as a mascot for Charlotte’s NBA basketball team, because of the insect’s attacking and swarming nature. They are fierce, especially when defending their own nests. They work together at building a nest; their own team of sorts.
A lot of the characteristics shown by the hornet are also exhibited by the city of Charlotte as well. During the Revolutionary War, British commander General Cornwallis referred to Charlotte as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion,” because of the city’s aggressiveness and rebelliousness.
The new logo will utilize the colors purple and teal, and feature an aggressive-looking hornet that is ready to attack. Its piercing eyes, raised antennae, expanded wings and pointed stinger depict its relentless intensity.
Other Insect Mascots
Currently, there are no major professional teams (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) with insects as mascots. This will of course change, come the 2014-2015 NBA basketball season, when the Bobcats adopt their new mascot.
There are a few semi-pro and NCAA teams with bugs as mascots. These include: the Salt Lake Bees, the Richmond Spiders, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Sugar Land “Skeeters,” The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the University of Arkansas Monticello Boll Weevils, the San Antonio Scorpions, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Banana Slugs of UCSC, and University of South Carolina Sumter Fire Ants.
Let’s hope that more professional teams adopt insects as their mascots, like the Charlotte Hornets have now done!