I don’t know what happened to it – probably gave it away to Goodwill or something – but I once owned a Larry Johnson jersey. No. 2 in the Charlotte Hornets program, No. 1 in our Grandmama-lovin‘ hearts.
I picked it up during high school, on a trip to Six Flags Over Texas. The park was closing, the bus was about to leave, and I still hadn’t blown all my money. I wanted a jersey. I don’t recall which one I was looking for – probably a Lakers jersey – but the selection was thin. So I grabbed a teal Johnson jersey, because he was fun to watch.
All that to say, Larry Johnson isn’t coming back, but the Charlotte Hornets are. Kinda. The team that’s been known as the Bobcats since joining the NBA in 2004 is assuming the nickname of the previous Charlotte franchise, which took the Hornets nickname when it moved to New Orleans in ’02. But now that they’re the New Orleans Pelicans, the folks in Charlotte decided to reclaim their old moniker.
I remember quite well when Charlotte joined the league, which I guess makes me old, so this name change brings back a bit of nostalgia. Like the time the Lakers snatched Kobe Bryant away from Charlotte in what proved to be a severely lopsided trade.
Back to the present. Let’s go to Twitter to gauge the reaction to Charlotte’s name change.
I think w/ the return of the Charlotte Hornets, I’ll start wearing my Starter jackets again.
— KyrstenYork (@KyrstenYork) May 20, 2014
— johnoah. (@_johnoahblake) May 20, 2014
Going to take full credit for the Charlotte Hornets coming back cuz I’ve been wearing my vintage ’01 hornets tshirt lately. You’re welcome
— Meg Garl (@MEGula_) May 20, 2014
When your team sucks just change the name! #charlotteHornets
— Jared lee zandstra (@jaredzand) May 20, 2014
I used to have a full Charlotte Hornets track suit. It was so awesome.
— Wes Timm (@RobertWesleyOU) May 20, 2014
Welcome back Charlotte Hornets. Now it’s time to bring the Seattle Super Sonics back.
— elliott (@lottburger) May 20, 2014
Lol basically always did even when he played RT @HILHolla: Michael Jordan owns the Charlotte Hornets. How dope is that?
— Lateef Folarin (@Lateef_Folarin) May 20, 2014