Charlotte Hornets, American professional basketball crew situated in Charlotte, North Carolina, that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The group, initially known as the Bobcats, joined the NBA in 2004 as the association's 30th establishment. The group's proprietor was Robert L. Johnson, an American news big shot who, with the establishing of the Bobcats, turned into the principal African American greater part proprietor of an establishment in one of the four noteworthy group activities classes in the United States. In spite of the fact that the Bobcats included gifted youthful players, for example, Rookie of the Year focus forward Emeka Okafor and forward Gerald Wallace, the group was not an early achievement: it completed with a losing record and in last or second-to-last place in its division in every one of its initial five seasons in the NBA.
In 2006 basketball incredible Michael Jordan, a local of North Carolina, moved toward becoming minority proprietor and general supervisor of the group, and in 2008 Charlotte employed Hall of Fame head mentor Larry Brown to attempt to pivot the establishment's fortunes. In 2010 Jordan took over dominant part responsibility for Bobcats and surrendered his general administrator position. Charlotte completed the 2009–10 season with the principal winning record in establishment history, gaining the group its first playoff billet. The Bobcats' prosperity was fleeting, notwithstanding, and Brown left the group 28 diversions into its losing 2010–11 battle. During the lockout-abbreviated 2011–12 season, the group had a NBA-record-low .106 winning rate, losing everything except 7 of its 66 amusements. The Bobcats modified and immediately ricocheted once more from this nadir, posting a triumphant record and fitting the bill for the playoffs in the 2013–14 season.
In May 2014 the establishment was renamed the Charlotte Hornets—which was the name of the NBA group that was situated in the city from 1988 to 2002, preceding it moved to New Orleans and in the end ended up known as the Pelicans. (The group's name is a reference to the "hornet's home" of American radicals in Charlotte during the American Revolution.) The Hornets came back to the playoffs in 2015–16 yet again neglected to progress past the first round of the postseason. Be that as it may, in spite of playing in a generally powerless division, the Hornets neglected to fit the bill for the playoffs in any of the accompanying three seasons.