The New Orleans Hornets is a New Orleans, Louisiana based professional basketball team. Noe a days Hornets play in the Southwest Division of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Charlotte Hornets franchise began play during the 1988-89 NBA season, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they were located until the end of the 2001-02 NBA season.
In the year 1985, the NBA announced plans to expand by four teams. George Shinn who was an entrepreneur from Charlotte, North Carolina, announced planed to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area. He gathered a group of prominent local businessmen to head the prospective franchise.
Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County had long been a breeding ground for college basketball. The four North Carolina schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference, in addition to three local college teams i-e the Charlotte 49ers, Davidson Wildcats, and the Johnson C. Smith Bulls, had large and loyal fan bases in Charlotte. Charlotte was one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. It also had previously been one of the three in-state regional homes to the American Basketball Association's Carolina Cougars, from the year 1969 to 1974. According to some critics Charlotte could support a National Basketball Association team. In fact, one Sacramento Bee columnist made fun in this way, the only franchise Charlotte is going to get is one with golden arches.