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July 12, 2013

Larry Johnson all for Bobcats name change to Hornets

    LAS VEGAS -- Arguably the most famous Charlotte Hornet ever -- Larry "Grandmama" Johnson -- says he's all for the Bobcats' nickname change, which should become official at the NBA Board of Governors meeting here July 18.


    Johnson, one of the best players in Nevada-Las Vegas history, was on campus Friday for the start of summer-league games. He sees nothing but good in the Bobcats becoming the Hornets.

    "It’s been there for a long time – we started out as the Charlotte Hornets – so that would be a great idea," Johnson told the Observer. "It should be a step in the right direction for those guys."

    Though Johnson was long gone, having been traded to the New York Knicks, he said he was saddened by the Hornets' departure for New Orleans in 2002 and the Bobcats’ struggles in their first decade as a replacement team.

    "It's North Carolina – basketball heaven -- (so) they’ve got have a team and a good one. A productive basketball team fans can get behind," Johnson said.

    "I was a little sad. We led the attendance for five years. So for those fans, I hate to see it."

     Johnson retired as a player in 2001, but still looks trim enough to play now at 44. He says he took up golf when he retired and now plays constantly.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 12, 2013 at 04:18 PM | Permalink


I had been wondering if LJ thought it was a good idea.

Posted by: big gulps | Jul 12, 2013 4:36:02 PM

In my best James K Flynn PA voice, "LLLLLLLLLLLLJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ!!!!!"

Posted by: Todd Walker | Jul 12, 2013 5:38:25 PM

Only a moron would argue against the switch back to the Hornets name...

...which begs the question, why did His Minimumness waste months and hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process of arriving at the correct decision, a decision all sane people recognized withing 3 minutes of being exposed to the case?

A: unintelligent (simplified, dumb as a stump)

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 12, 2013 5:43:27 PM

I miss LJ....

Posted by: Scott | Jul 12, 2013 5:50:20 PM

^^^^Wow. there is some shocking comments from a racist. Bobcats hating d bag. Surprise, surprise. How about ripping someone else for what they are wearing while doing charity work? Wouldn't that be more rewarding for you? Can't wait for the response tellijng me how many black friends you have. F you.

Posted by: Thomas | Jul 12, 2013 5:53:38 PM

NASTAR99 - The answer to your question is VERY SIMPLE. Michael wanted to make a few million dollars selling a new line of Jordan apparel in Teal and Purple as a teaser before making the switch. Savvy business move? Yes. Kind of a jerk move? Yes as well.

Posted by: Jamey | Jul 12, 2013 5:55:22 PM

You're easily upset aren't you Thomas...?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 12, 2013 6:12:09 PM

i argued against the hornets name change. not because i didn't want them to change it. but because i just didn't care. and no adult should.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 12, 2013 6:25:47 PM

Like I said every single post nastar makes is always negative and he had to throw his famous minimumness in there....but obviously he cares enough about the team to comment junk all the time. ..

Posted by: freeze8575 | Jul 12, 2013 6:41:04 PM

Nice fall back NASTAR. We're your earlier comments just a bad joke. I hear you Sergio. The only joke is you.

Posted by: Thomas | Jul 12, 2013 6:46:17 PM

Like the way this is shaping up. The season they change the name should be the best since they came back to town. That will generate some excitement and should be a very cool season. Can't wait!

Posted by: Tim Kempton | Jul 12, 2013 7:24:45 PM

Nastar the redneck racist at it again.

Posted by: Hugo Panther | Jul 12, 2013 7:59:11 PM

YO SUMMER LEAGUE SPURS GOING DOWN TONIGHT...Ewing Jr going for double figures

Posted by: JC | Jul 12, 2013 9:19:00 PM

Thomas, you are in a class of your own -- a Whitfield Slurper. What does Whitfield bring to the table? Nothing. Why does Whifield even have a pulpit? Because somehow he has MJ eating out of his hand. Has Whitfield cultivated his own Slurpers? Yes, Thomas is hs name.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 13, 2013 2:42:29 AM

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