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Owner Michael Jordan seeks Charlotte Hornets nickname for Bobcats

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 21 (UPI) -- Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan announced Tuesday he is asking permission for the NBA team to change its name to the Hornets.

NBA approves sale of Hornets to Benson

NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- The NBA Board of Governors has approved the sale of the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, the league said Wednesday.

NBA OKs its purchase of Hornets

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The NBA's Board of Governors Monday officially approved the league's purchase of the cash-strapped New Orleans Hornets, officials said.

NBA buys majority stake in Hornets

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The NBA will purchase a majority share of the New Orleans Hornets, Commissioner David Stern said Monday.

Hornets owner says Paul still key player

NEW ORLEANS, June 23 (UPI) -- New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn said Wednesday point guard Chris Paul remains a key component in the NBA team's rebuilding plan.

Hornets' lease extended through 2014

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Louisiana and the New Orleans Hornets have agreed to extend the team's lease through 2014, giving it an option to leave early if attendance is poor.

Hornets leaving Oklahoma City

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Hornets have let their temporary lease agreement with Oklahoma City expire, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Thursday. By missing Wednesday's deadline to renew the lease, the Hornets will play all of their home games next season at

Hornets acquire Stojakovic from Indiana

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 12 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Hornets acquired free-agent forward Peja Stojakovic from Indiana Wednesday in a sign and trade deal for cash and draft rights to Andrew Betts.

Oklahoma City to be home base for Hornets

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Oklahoma City will be home to the New Orleans Hornets for the 2005-06 season.

Displaced Hornets owner eyes Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Forced out of town by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn reportedly is looking at maybe moving to Las Vegas.

Hornets name new general manager

NEW ORLEANS, June 17 (UPI) -- Allan Bristow will add general manager to the numerous titles he has held for the New Orleans Hornets' franchise.

Byron Scott named coach of Hornets

NEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- Byron Scott was introduced Friday as the new coach of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.

Coach Tim Floyd fired by Hornets

NEW ORLEANS, May 7 (UPI) -- Tim Floyd was fired as coach of the New Orleans Hornets Friday after one season with the team.

Commentary: How about that NBA?

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- What is going on in the bizarre world of NBA coaches?
RON COLBERT

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NOP2002081902 - NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- New Orleans Hornets majority owner George Shinn, along with team mascot Hugo, unveil the new team logo during a press conference at Christian Brothers School in New Orleans, on Aug. 19, 2002. rlw/aj/A.J. Sisco UPI
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The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. They play in the Southwest Division of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise began play during the 1988–89 NBA season as the Charlotte Hornets, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they were located until the end of the 2001–02 NBA season.

In 1985, the NBA was planning to expand by four teams. George Shinn, an entrepreneur from Kannapolis, North Carolina, wanted to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area and he assembled a group of prominent local businessmen to head the prospective franchise.

Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County had long been a hotbed for college basketball. The four North Carolina schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference, in addition to three local college teams (the Charlotte 49ers, Davidson Wildcats, and the Johnson C. Smith Bulls), had large and loyal fan bases in the city. Charlotte was also one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and was previously one of the three in-state regional homes to the American Basketball Association's Carolina Cougars, from 1969 to 1974.

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