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skotler
05-20-2012, 03:15 PM
Have the Hornets been swatted? Sprayed? Maybe it’s the climate change? Whatever the double entendre you want to use, the climate in New Orleans is certainly changing. The Hornets are out and Tom Benson is in. The new owner of the New Orleans Hornets, along with the city’s fans, is keen on a name change. And in the process they are killing my childhood dream, that one day the Hornets, a team embodying mediocrity and the underdog spirit, would one day rise from the ranks to win a championship.
The city of New Orleans may one day win an NBA champion but not the Hornets, and it's becoming clear the two were never really one in the same. New Orleans wants a basketball team; they just don’t want it to be the Hornets. This is understandable. A city stricken with turbulence deserves a title reflective of its tenacious attitude. But couldn’t the franchise just have easily been an expansion team? Does the New Orleans agenda needs to vanquish the Hornets moniker? I was initially relieved when Benson purchased the team, glad for the stability, but now I feel as if something precious is being taken. The Hornets never had a lot of out of state fans, so whenever people were surprised to hear I was a Hornets fan I always felt a sense of pride and ownership. Now I feel like a child who helps start a club only to be kicked out.
In reality, the Hornets have come to embody mediocrity, largely because former owner George Shinn would never allow further progress. Talent would come and go, but a solid foundation was never set and a team could never solidify. Shinn would never dish money when it mattered most. Why would he? Shinn made more profit selling a midrange team to children than he did a champion to Charlotte. When he failed to continue profiting this way he upped and left town.
I have heard New Orleans fans complain that the team is still, on occasion, mistakenly called Charlotte or that nobody takes the franchise seriously. The team isn’t taken serious because of the name or colors, but because of a lack of competitiveness. My suggestion is for New Orleans to embrace the franchise in a way never before seen. Retire jerseys. Bogues, Rice, and Mashburn are a few names synonymous with the team’s better years. Next, extend the contracts of general manager Dell Demps, coach Monty Williams, and shooting guard Eric Gordon, establishing a solid foundation for the franchise. Lastly, and most importantly, do everything it takes to win a championship. This last piece of the puzzle would be enough to distance the team from former, frugal owner George Shinn.
But I know this is all in vain. I know the days are numbered until the franchise undergoes a major rebranding, but the dream isn’t completely dead. There is a shred of hope that one day the Hornets will be champions, and that hope rests with the worst team in NBA history: the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte fans have begun an online campaign aptly titled “Bring Back the Buzz”.
So this is what remains of my childhood dream, that either the Charlotte Hornets or the New Orleans Hornets or some incarnation of the Hornets one day wins a championship. But I’m a man now and perhaps it is time to just let it rest. The league, and perhaps all professional sports, isn’t made to produce dreams, maybe on occasion, by chance. The league, rather, is made for the reasons George Shinn understood, to make money. Teams’ changing cities and names is nothing new; the league adapts in a way that is most profitable. So what if a few dreams are crushed in the process? They’ll produce new dreamers. I’m no fool; I know when I’ve been suckered. The realization has set in that I’ve been branded. The Hornets are just a team after all, be it by whatever name. What difference should it make what they are called? It makes a difference because I’ve grown accustomed to the logo in the way an infant attaches to their blanket. The colors, logo, and even the written word “Hornets” all stand out to me the way religious symbols stand out to the devout. The Hornets have provided me comfort and stability in times of personal turmoil. Maybe I have been duped to believe a basketball franchise could improve my life. Maybe I’m gullible to think a small market team can grow into a champion. Or maybe it’s just time to bring back the buzz.

HYFR
05-20-2012, 03:21 PM
Great read:rolleyes:

D12 fan
05-20-2012, 03:23 PM
Great read:rolleyes:

I hope you were being sarcastic.

DR_1
05-20-2012, 03:26 PM
Good article, but shouldn't this be in the Hornets forum?

JeffG20
05-20-2012, 03:26 PM
as a New orleans fan. i really hope to see charlotte get their name back to its rightful place and for us to being a fresh start as the New Orleans _______ whatever it is.

Tom Benson for some reason or another has the trade mark of Pelicans. Gayle Benson has already stated she wants red, gold, black as the team colors. while i'm not the biggest fan of the pelicans it has grown on me. whatever there called the people need to support them and here's the make or break moment for the city

JeffG20
05-20-2012, 03:27 PM
Good article, but shouldn't this be in the Hornets forum?

probably, but its nice to see a topic on the hornets every blue moon instead of the typical stuff going on.

yaswaggin
05-20-2012, 03:27 PM
When I saw this thread, I thought it was about Elton brand on the run from the cops :laugh:

JeffG20
05-20-2012, 03:29 PM
When I saw this thread, I thought it was about Elton brand on the run from the cops :laugh:

x2..... i was thinking he finally snapped or something

PhillyFaninLA
05-20-2012, 03:30 PM
TC what is your real screen name.

5ass
05-20-2012, 03:34 PM
When I saw this thread, I thought it was about Elton brand on the run from the cops :laugh:

i thought the same

Cal827
05-20-2012, 03:36 PM
When I saw this thread, I thought it was about Elton brand on the run from the cops :laugh:

X4 :laugh:

freedas
05-20-2012, 03:49 PM
x5:hi5:

NoahH
05-20-2012, 06:18 PM
Cool story bro

sixer04fan
05-20-2012, 08:46 PM
New Orleans has a team?

blastmasta26
05-20-2012, 11:44 PM
x6 :laugh:

Definitely misleading title.

StinkEye
05-20-2012, 11:51 PM
When I saw this thread, I thought it was about Elton brand on the run from the cops :laugh:

Samesies, hahaha

Gram
05-20-2012, 11:51 PM
Too long, didn't read.

Punk
05-21-2012, 12:08 AM
Does the Hornets Name and Jersey change happen next season?

thekmp211
05-21-2012, 12:19 AM
yeah, move em back to seattle. i started the badwagon on here, hop right on.

the NOLA Hornets ship has sailed. nba fans want a team in seattle.

Gram
05-21-2012, 12:22 AM
yeah, move em back to seattle. i started the badwagon on here, hop right on.

the NOLA Hornets ship has sailed. nba fans want a team in seattle.

I miss my Sonics. :cry:

bucketss
05-21-2012, 12:33 AM
New Orleans has a team?

philly become relevant this year and you decide to pick on the little guys :pity:


:p

greg_ory_2005
05-21-2012, 12:45 AM
Somebody summarize this for me please.

Knicks21
05-21-2012, 12:48 AM
Elton Brand on the run from the po po.