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Bobcats officially begin return to Hornets name

The Charlotte Hornets are on their way back, according to a report from CBS Sports. The news was later confirmed by Rick Bonnell at The Charlotte Observer.

There’s still a lot that’s up in the air. While the league hasn’t approved the change yet, that seems like it’ll be a formality. Incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver has previously said that he’s “fine with whatever the Bobcats decide.”

It’s likely there won’t be any change until the 2014-2015 season, but no timetable has been set. While the former New Orleans Hornets were able to fast-track a change to the Pelicans brand, it doesn’t appear that the league will be doing the same for Charlotte.

What form the new Hornets will take is also unclear. Bonnell’s source wouldn’t comment on whether the iconic teal-and-purple color scheme would also be returning, but it’s hard to believe ownership would go in a different direction.

The Bobcats name wasn’t liked by many, and some of that had to do with the mixed feelings people had about Robert Johnson’s run as owner. I’m happy to see the Hornets return, but I don’t see much point in spitting on the Bobcats’ grave. Despite a rough nine years (and counting), the team brought professional basketball back to Charlotte — and that means more than how little-loved the name might have been.