Tony Bennett, the Virginia basketball coach, played for the Charlotte Hornets from 1992-95. The 35th pick in the NBA draft, he backed up Muggsy Bogues at point guard.
I asked Bennett about the Charlotte Bobcats and their name change. They'll become the Hornets next season.
Bennett, 44, who was in Charlotte for the ACC's Operation Basketball, said he'd like to see the team bring back the colors, the mascot "and the length of the shorts we wore. That would draw attention."
There is good attention. Then there is the attention those shorts would attract.
"I'm biased but those were incredible years," says Bennett. "It's hard to beat them with the timing, with the excitement. We had the players. It was unique to be a part of that. It's neat that they're bringing the name back. The NBA's a different animial now. But to me those were the glory years of the franchise. Hopefully, they'll have some more.
"Maybe I'm reminiscing and it gets better the older you get. Those were pretty special times. Every game is a sellout. Being the new kids on the block, like Oklahoma City has been, that's what we were. Shaq was with Orlando, Zo was with Charlotte. We had Larry, Muggsy, Dell.
"Those years we kind of took it by storm with the mascot, with the colors, with the flair. It was a fun time."
Despite the shorts.