What’s up and welcome back to the Post Up! On this day in history, there is something amazing happening in the NBA and that is the reinstatement of the Charlotte Hornets! This is not only cool because of the fact that the NBA will have an old team resurrected back to its former glory, BUT it may also coincide with something that is already happening down in North Carolina, and that is a turning of tides for the Hornets, as well as the Eastern Conference.
For you young whipper snappers out there, the Charlotte Hornets were once a great team in the NBA. They were founded in the late 1980’s and were just a push over team that everyone is used to today with their reincarnations of the New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets and the Charlotte Bobcats. However, in the 1990’s, when it seemed as if everyone was great, the Charlotte Hornets were no exception.
Between 1992 and 2002, the Hornets only had 2 seasons in which they finished .500 or below, oh yeah and in those two seasons they finished .500. The rest of the time they were finishing well above the .500 mark, having three 50-win seasons and making the playoffs 7 times during that run. Now obviously, it goes without saying that they never one it all because MJ would not allow for that, but still, the Hornets during that time were up with the elite teams because of their cast of players that included:
- Larry Johnson
- Glen Rice
- Dell Curry (Yes, Stephen Curry’s father)
- Alonzo Mourning
- Muggsy Bogues
I mean the list can go on and on. There were some truly outstanding players on these Charlotte Hornets teams and to watch them all play together was also a treat within itself. Sadly, after the 2001-02 season, the Hornets were relocated to the south in New Orleans, but they still carried on the name and success of the team under the leadership of some kid from Wake Forest known as Chris Paul.
Now, when the Hornets moved to New Orleans, they still saw success but then had a rough patch for 3 seasons. It is in this second season that Chris Paul was emerging and even won Rookie of the Year. After that Paul was able to lead the Hornets to another 50-win season and help them reach the playoffs another 3 times. Chris Paul got upset with how the Hornets could not spend money and decided to leave for LA and that is when everything went downhill. The Hornets have not seen close to a winning season in 3 years, and after the 2nd year they ceased to exist.
After the 2012-13 season the Hornets were changed to the Pelicans, which may I add is the dumbest and least terrifying animal in the existence of the NBA, and the Hornets went dormant. Once the New Orleans Pelicans came to be, the Charlotte ownership was on high alert to try to reclaim the name again. During the 2013-14 season, the announced that this was successful and that we will see the Hornets again this upcoming year.
Now hear me out, I am very much a big fan of baseball, hockey and all sports. But that being said, that means I also and very much aware and involved with superstitions. Being a Cubs fan, there will always be superstition involved with whatever sports you enjoy. Even with the Blackhawks, I cannot wear their apparel on a day they play because when I did they lost, bu when I didn’t they won.
I am not alone in sports superstitions, as most die-hards are involved with it, but I digress. The Charlotte Hornets coming back to the NBA is a sign for me. Some may see it as a coincidence, but isn’t it weird how the first winning season the Bobcats have had in 4 years, and their second winning season ever happened the same year they got back the Hornets name. Isn’t it also interesting that for the first time ever this past season, that the Bobcats actually got a big time player and are actually a decent team and look to be one for years to come if everything can keep up and improve.
Now it may seem far-fetched, but again I am one for these superstitions and I believe that the Hornets coming back will not only be great for Charlotte, but great for the NBA. Now obviously, the NBA has been rolling in the money even when the Charlotte Hornets did not exist, because much like the SuperSonics, they were a big merchandise seller because of their colors. But this upcoming year, I honestly think we will see a much more competitive Eastern Conference. The Bobcats, I mean the Hornets, can only get better, and hopefully they will become better at finding other ways to win, outside riding Al Jefferson. With their improvement and the improvement of other teams like the Celtics, Hawks, etc. we should expect to see a very competitive Eastern Conference, and maybe the first in a very long time.
Now obviously, a lot of credit goes to the Charlotte ownership, the players, and the coaches for what they have done this season and the past few years to get Charlotte back to the playoffs and a place of importance. The Charlotte Hornets name coming back, I believe will be a very big confidence and morale booster, after all who wouldn’t want to put on those colors and go 110% every night? The Hornets coming back is a big thing, the question is, how important do you think it is?
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