Happy to hear that the Charlotte Bobcats will reclaim their name and become the Charlotte Hornets. Both names have a history. Only one of those histories is good.
When I think about the Hornets, I smile. The Hornets were Muggsy and Dell and Larry Johnson, Kenny Gattison, Rex Chapman, Tim Kempton, Kendall Gill and Alonzo Mourning. Neither the players nor the fans, and certainly not the media, realized what we had.
We supported the Hornets the way a college town supports a college team. We didn't whine or criticize. We got on board and had a fine time.
So welcome back, Hornets.
Obviously the good will the name generates won't win any games. It's not about that.
Next week's lottery, and the draft and the coach the Bobcats hire to lead them, will help determine that.
The name change will better enable the Bobcats to become part our city. Fans who cared not at all about the BobJohnsonCats will buy caps and jerseys and show up at Time Warner Cable Arena to watch their team play.
And if they like what they see, and enjoy the experience, they'll return.
Good move, (former) Bobcats.
Nice way to start a Saturday.