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NBA 5-on-5: Charlotte Bobcats
After a tough 21-win season in 2012-13, the Charlotte Bobcats are still trying to figure out who they are. Who is the face of the team? Are they building to win now or in a few years? Are they going to compete in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.
Charlotte's NBA franchise has been the Bobcats for many years now, but the name has never quite resonated with its fans. That'll all change shortly, however, as the team is planning on announcing a return to the Hornets name. Charlotte isn't the first NBA franchise to change its name -- one in particular has gone through several nicknames in its history. Can you name all of them? Take our quiz now!
Check out more quizzes in our Quiz Archive!Designer Alexander Julian and Kelly Tripucka show off the original Hornets uni in 1988.
As you've probably heard by now, the Charlotte Bobcats will become the Charlotte Hornets beginning with the 2014-15 season.
It's not yet clear, however, whether these new Charlotte Hornets will wear the same uniforms as the old Charlotte Hornets. Team owner Michael Jordan says he has not yet decided whether the team will even use the Hornets' old purple and teal color scheme.
Let's make that decision for him. It's time for Uni Watch readers to redesign this team! Consider this the official call for entries.
As you may recall, we held a similar contest when the New Orleans Hornets announced that they'd be getting a new name. One of the top finishers in that contest correctly forecast the franchise's eventual new name.
In this case, of course, we already know what the Bobcats' new name will be. Your job is to figure out what they should look like. Here are the contest rules:
• Your entry must include a new primary logo, a new home uniform, and a new road uniform. (If you like, you can also include secondary logos and one alternate uniform, but those aren't required.)
• Your designs can be created in any digital or analog medium (Illustrator, Photoshop, crayon, whatever) and can be submitted in any standard digital format (JPG, PDF, tiff, etc.).
• Please include your name and email address somewhere on the image, like this. Also, your image file names should include your full name (example: Paul Lukas.jpg). If you're submitting multiple files, please either number them (Paul Lukas1.jpg, Paul Lukas2.jpg, etc.) or use some other designation (Paul Lukas-home.jpg, Paul Lukas-road.jpg, etc.).
• Given the Hornets' historic ties to the accursed color purple, Uni Watch's longstanding prohibition on purple will be suspended for the Hornets contest. However, entrants are not required to dress the Hornets in purple (or teal, or any other color), and designs that propose a new color scheme for the team are welcome.
• Email your entry here. If you have more than one concept, feel free to enter as many times as you like.
• Deadline: Friday, June 7, 5 p.m. ET.
The winning entries will be showcased in a future Uni Watch column. Get crackin'!-- Paul Lukas
As a player, Michael Jordan was the consummate winner. Regarded as the greatest NBA player ever, Jordan could just about do it all on the court. As an executive, well ... let's just say things haven't gone quite as well. Jordan's ownership of the Bobcats hit another bump in the road Tuesday as the team fired head coach Mike Dunlap after just one season. It's the second time Jordan has hired a coach from the college ranks only to dump him after 82 games (he did it with Leonard Hamilton in Washington). So will the coaching change help turn around the dreadful Bobcats? Or is the real problem in Charlotte at the top?
Not the man for the job?
MJ and Mike Dunlap were all smiles before the 2012 draft, but a 21-61 season soured the mood.
Started from the bottom and they're there
The Bobcats haven't exactly been loaded with household names as they've won just 62 games over the last three seasons combined.