Charlotte Hornets

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Charlotte Hornets
First Season
Team History
Charlotte Hornets (1988-2002, 2014-present)
Charlotte Bobcats (2004-14)
National Basketball Association (1988-present)
  • Eastern Conference (1988-89, 1990-present)
    • Southeast Division (2004-present)
    • Central Division (1990-2002)
  • Midwest Division (1989-90)
  • Atlantic Division (1988-89)
Spectrum Center (2005-present)
Charlotte Coliseum (1988-2002, 2004-05)
Key People
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The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team. After the conclusion of the 2001-02 NBA season, the franchise relocated to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. In 2004, the NBA established the Charlotte Bobcats, which was regarded as a new expansion team at the time. In 2013, the New Orleans franchise announced it would rebrand itself the New Orleans Pelicans, ultimately returning the Hornets name, records, and official history (spanning from 1988 to 2002) to Charlotte. The Bobcats were officially renamed the Hornets for the 2014-15 season.


Home programs by season

Season/Date Type Opponent Venue
Charlotte Hornets
November 4, 1988 Regular Season Cleveland Cavaliers Charlotte Coliseum
October 20, 1992 Preseason Orlando Magic Asheville Civic Center
2002-04 Franchise Inactive
Charlotte Bobcats
November 22, 2013 Regular Season Phoenix Suns Time Warner Cable Arena

Media guides and yearbooks by season

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1980s 1988-89 • 1989-90
1990s 1990-91 • 1991-92 • 1992-93 • 1993-94 • 1994-95 • 1998-99 • 1999-2000
2000s 2000-01 • 2005-06
2010s 2014-15 • 2016-17 • 2017-18 • 2018-19 • 2019-20
2020s 2020-21 • 2021-22


1980s 1988-89
1990s 1993-94 • 1994-95
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