Warning: This Video May Cause Goosebumps
As their players and coaches continue to prepare for the upcoming NBA season, the resurrected Charlotte Hornets have announced that individual game tickets are now on sale, and they make a very compelling case to buy whole mess of them in their new TV commercial. For those of you who were living here during the era of the original Charlotte Hornets basketball team, it will bring back so many exciting memories. And those of you who arrived after their bitter and ill-advised departure will get a glimpse into a glorious past.
I moved to Charlotte in the spring of 2000, a few years after the Hornets’ true heyday, but I did get to experience the frenzy of their final two playoff runs at the Charlotte Coliseum. “The Hive” was buzzing and it made me wish I had been here in the 1980s and ’90s when every game was a sellout and the Hornets led the league in attendance during their first seven seasons. An apartment community called CityPark View has been built where the Charlotte Coliseum once stood. It was a great place to watch basketball but I actually prefer Time Warner Cable Arena and its uptown location.
The ugly discord between the original Hornets ownership and the city, as well as with the fans, does not need to be rehashed here. The team was taken to New Orleans and the NBA eventually awarded Charlotte another expansion franchise. But it somehow wasn’t the same with the Bobcats. What does deserve to be mentioned again is how we got to where we are today. Thanks to the efforts of owner Michael Jordan, his current organization, diehard Hornets fans like John Morgan with his grassroots “We Beelieve” campaign, and the support of a city that never forgot the good times, the Hornets name and colors are back where they belong.
The Hornets’ regular season begins Wednesday, October 29th with a home game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Tickets may be harder to come by this year but I have every intention of taking my family to the arena and cheering on the purple and teal. It may not be exactly as it was when the likes of Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Glen Rice, Dell Curry, and Baron Davis wore Alexander Julian’s pinstripes, but it doesn’t make this time any less special.
I began this post with something about a TV commercial. It’s called “The Comeback.” Look for the K104.7 tent at 0:24…