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Hornets nickname returns to Charlotte NBA franchise on Tuesday

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The NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats will officially become the Hornets on Tuesday, the team announced. The name change was appoved by the NBA in 2013.

The Hornets nickname has a long history in Charlotte, referring to the city’s reputation during the Revolutionary War as a “hornet’s nest of rebellion.” The original NBA franchise in the city, which began play in 1988, was the Hornets.

When that franchise moved to New Orleans after the 2001-02 season, the Hornets nickname went with it. New Orleans’ rebranding before last season to the Pelicans left the nickname available.

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