Charlotte Bobcats will once again go back to be named the Charlotte Hornets when the 2014-2015 season kicks off. That is still a year away but the team and its fans will be looking to get to that point on the back of a successful season. Last season didn’t really go according to plans which made the management sit up and take notice. “Mike Dunlap” was replaced by “Steve Clifford” as the head coach. Then players like “Al Jefferson”, “Cody Zeller” and “Gerald Henderson” were brought on board. The squad now looks more rounded than last year and expectations among supporters have started to rise too. Whether their team lives up to those standards remain to be seen in what promises to be a humdinger of a season.
Charlotte Bobcats are gearing up to welcome the arrival of a new dawn. They have a new coach and have bought a few new players. They now have a good blend of youth and experience in the ranks which bodes well for the future. Fans have high hopes for the latest season. Bobcats want to hit the ground running and will need the fans to back them in that mission. Charlotte Bobcats tickets are expected to be in demand this season as their supporters get ready to join the festivities.
Charlotte and NBA
Charlotte as a city has an association with NBA that dates back to the year 1988 when the city got its first professional basketball team by the name of “Charlotte Hornets”. They recorded their first win in the 1992-1993 season which was good enough to take them to the playoffs. Hornets put on board winning records every year till they moved to New Orleans at the end of the 2001-2002 campaign.
Inception of Charlotte Bobcats
Now that the city was without an NBA team, the league made a pledge to the Charlotte government that they will be awarded a new franchise to compete starting 2004-2005 season. It was in December 2002 that a consortium led by Robert L. Johnson had a big acceptance. He was joined by Nelly, the rapper as the other owner. Their performances on the court during the inaugural season weren’t anything to shout about as the team posted a dismal record. Things improved a little from that point onwards but Bobcats still couldn’t do anything noteworthy for the next few seasons.
The Arrival of Michael Jordan
Charlotte Bobcats fans were treated to great news when it was announced that one of NBA’s greatest ever player, Michael Jordan had become a minority stake holder in the franchise. That development did not have too much of a positive impact and the team’s fortunes remained modest.
Playoffs for the First Time
Charlotte Bobcats were in pretty good form during the entire 2009-2010 season. In February 2010 it was announced that Michael Jordan had purchased the team and was now the majority stakeholder. Bobcats celebrated the news by posting their first ever winning season. The record was good enough to rubberstamp their spot in the playoffs as well. Greg Wallace had a stellar year and his performances played a big part in the team making the postseason. The team squared off against Orlando Magic in the playoff first round but was swept by their more experienced adversaries.
Bobcats were riding high after making to the playoffs for the first time in history. That excitement didn’t last too long and their form once again began to suffer. The management decided to carefully measure what they needed. That is what forced them to change the coach and bring in good players. The change has provided everyone associated with them renewed hope. What they actually achieve still remains to be seen but it is going to be an interesting season; that much is certain.