I talked to George Shinn, the former owner of the Charlotte, and New Orleans, Hornets Tuesday.
How does he feel about the Charlotte Bobcats becoming the Charlotte Hornets?
He feels so strongly that he would visit NBA commissioner David Stern to help make it happen.
"The Hornets' name doesn't belong to me," Shinn said by telephone from outside Nashville, where he lives and where his foundation is based. "It belongs to Charlotte. In my opinion, the name would be great for the club, for Michael (owner Michael Jordan) and for the community. I hope he uses the colors, the mascot, all of that."
Shinn made it clear he wasn't telling Jordan what to do. He was offering his assistance if Jordan chooses to apply for the name.The the Bobcats can't petition the league for Hornets until New Orleans relinquishes it.
But those Hornets would like to become the Pelicans as soon as next season.
You old-timers will recall that after Shinn and Charlotte were awarded a team he put together a committee of local leaders to come up with a name. They chose Spirit.
The response from the community was overwhelmingly negative, and Shinn didn't like the name. So he proposed new ones, the most popular of which were Cougars and Hornets. Hornets was the overwhelming favorite then and, it would appear, now.