With all of the free agent happenings and trades this summer, the start of the NBA season is highly anticipated. One new aspect of the NBA this year is that there will be one new team, sort of. With their name change now official, Charlotte NBA’s team will be called the Charlotte Hornets. The name change has received strong support from the city itself, as fans are excited to be supporting the Hornets, a name that has actual ties to the city as the Charlotte Observer detailed last December:
The Hornets nickname in Charlotte dates back to the Revolutionary War, when British General Charles Cornwallis compared the resistance in Charlotte to a hornet’s nest. It has been used in sports by a minor league baseball team (1901-73), an upstart football league team (1974-75) and the city’s first NBA franchise.
Yesterday, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the Hornets held a Legends Fan Camp where former Hornets players, Muggsy Bouges and Dell Curry coached fans in a friendly game of basketball. Fans of all ages showed up for an opportunity to be coached by Curry and Bogues. Many of these fans sported various Hornets apparel but two fans showed their team support through their unique haircuts:
If you think getting the images of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry is a bit extreme then you are not as extreme as Phillip Graham. Graham not only sported the Kidd-Gilchrist haircut but also got Curry, Bogues and Hornets mascot, Hugo to sign his Hornets tattoo. After the event was over, Graham headed to a tattoo shop to get those autographs to be a permanent fixture on his body:
The season hasn’t even started yet but with fans like Graham, Charlotte is definitely buzzing with excitement about the Hornets.