The Charlotte Bobcats
are an Americann basketball
team which will play in the National Basketball Association
starting in 2004
. The team is located in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Founded: January 10, 2003
- Formerly known as:
- Home Arena: Charlotte Coliseum 2004-05, New Uptown Arena 2005
- Uniform colors: Orange, blue, black and silver.
- Logo design: Side profile of an orange bobcat.
When the Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans
for the 2002-03 season, the city successfully managed to have the NBA
award the town an expansion team for the 2004-05 season. Several ownership groups made bids for this team, in the end, a group led by BET
multi-millionaire Robert L. Johnson
won out. Johnson is the first prominent African-American owner in U.S. sports. The "Bobcats" nickname is said to be based on him.
The team will play in the Eastern Conference. The NBA has confirmed that the Hornets will move to the Western Conference.