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NBA Board of Governors approves Charlotte name change to Hornets

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

The NBA Board of Governors voted Friday to approve the name change of the Charlotte Bobcats to the Charlotte Hornets. The name harkens back to the original name of the Pelicans when they were in Charlotte.

After the Hornets decided to change their name to the Pelicans, the Bobcats jumped on the opportunity to push away the name that was taken primarily because of their former owner, Bob Johnson. Owner Michael Jordan saw it as a way to re-establish a connection to the Charlotte franchise when it was most popular in the '90s with Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson, and Mugsy Bogues.

The team hosted a party on Thursday evening to announce the change with Bogues, Rex Chapman, and Kendall Gill at the Charlote EpiCenter. The team will adopt the familiar turqoise and purple color.

Now the only question is if Hugo the Hornet will make his return.

The team began preparations for the change in May.

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