Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, is now the owner of the Hornets. But he probably won't be for long. He'll keep the team but dump the name. He wants something that fits his town and region.
I was wrong, you were right: Go Charlotte Hornets!
This means the name will be available, and the Charlotte Bobcats could claim it. I'm on record saying that I prefer Hornets to Bobcats, but not for $2.5 million. That's what the name change will cost.
Here's what I think: The draft will be the most important development in Bobcats' history. If Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis comes out, he will be a transcendent player. He could be as good a basketball player as Cam Newton is a football player.
Landing him would be, then, a transcendent moment. A new start. To make the new start official, maybe the Bobcats should change to a new/old name.
If the Bobcats don't get Davis, and they have a 25% chance, they lose, big. Will changing the name to Hornets lessen the pain?
Michael Jordan has to win fans.
But will a name change be enough? The team's winning percentage this season is .123. If the Hornets have a .123 winning percentage next season, will you buy tickets?
Easy as 1-2-3, right?
If I were the Bobcats, and I wanted to show fans I cared, I'd change my name to Hornets.
I've changed my mind.
I'm not on the bandwagon - I don't do bandwagons - but I'm running beside it.
You were right. I was wrong.
April 13, 2012 | Permalink
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