Charlotte Bobcats

Charlotte Hornets from 2015 (planned)

The Charlotte Bobcats are a U.S. basketball team's professional league NBA, in which they play since the season 2004/ 05. The franchise is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team plays in the Southeast Division, together with the teams Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards. The team colors are orange, blue and silver. The logo represents a dar. in orange held Bobcat Basketball legend Michael Jordan is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.


When the Charlotte Hornets left Charlotte in 2002 and settled as New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans, the NBA promised the city as quickly as possible to get a new NBA team. 2004, the Bobcats were added as an expansion team in the NBA, and the TV millionaire Robert " Bob" Johnson was the first owner of the franchise. The name " Bobcats " ( dt: bobcat) was taken because the Bobcat is typical for North Carolina and Bob Johnson was able to contribute part of his first name. First coach was Bernie Bickerstaff. In the first expansion draft, they secured the services of center Emeka Okafor and committed small forward Gerald Wallace. The Bobcats experienced an expected difficult season and won only 18 of the 82 season games, the defensive strong Okafor was NBA Rookie of the Year, and Wallace soon established himself as captain. In the second season 2005/ 06 point guard Raymond Felton and Sean May were drafted power forward, both from North Carolina. Because both May and soon Okafor suffered many injuries and Felton never stepped out of the shadow of the future All-Stars and Olympic champion Chris Paul and Deron Williams, who was drafted in front of him, the Bobcats won only 26 games.

In summer 2006, a native of North Carolina NBA legend Michael Jordan co-owner and manager of the team was. College star Adam Morrison was pulled in the Draft, the small forward tore the Achilles tendon, and he never gained after the hoped- form. The Bobcats won 33 games and missed the playoffs again. After Coach Bickerstaff was dismissed for failure and replaced by Sam Vincent, the shooting guard and multiple NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner Jason Richardson was traded to Charlotte for the 2007 /08 season. Richardson was never able to build on the high expectations, and the Bobcats won only 32 games. After Vincent was fired, took over veteran coach and former NBA champion Larry Brown the job. In the Draft of Point Guard D. J. Augustin has been committed to and Richardson was traded for the two versatile winger Boris Diaw and Raja Bell. Under Brown, the Bobcats last played for the playoffs. Augustine became the first draft pick for a long time, the fulfilled expectations, the team just missed the playoffs.

In 2009/10, the injury-prone Okafor for the experienced Tyson Chandler was traded, led by Captain Wallace and the newly obligated swingman Stephen Jackson Bobcats won 44 of their 82 games and qualified as seventh in the Eastern Conference for the first time for the playoffs. They allowed per game just 93.8 opponent points, league record was. Gerald Wallace established itself as one of the strongest defensive and rebounding wing players in the league and went on February 14, 2010 in Dallas was the first All-Star of the franchise in history. In around 16 minutes played, he was able to enter with 2 points and 3 rebounds in the statistics sheet. In the playoffs, the Bobcats were defeated by the Orlando Magic 0-4.

The season 2010/11 was used to rebuild the team again. Tyson Chandler moved to Dallas and Raymond Felton and Gerald Wallace were delivered to Portland. This place in the squad should be created in order to begin a rebuilding can. After only 34 wins and 48 defeats, the Bobcats missed the play offs. In the 2011 Draft, the Bobcats committed two talented young players with Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo. However, the 2011/12 season was the weakest season of a franchise in NBA history. In the shortened 2011/12 season the Bobcats reach only seven victories in 59 defeats. The season ended with 23 losses in a row. Head coach Paul Silas was fired shortly after the season then, as the relationship between coach and team because of the many defeats was no longer intact. Due to the poor performance of the Bobcats in the 2011/12 season the Bobcats had the best chance of all non-qualified for the playoffs teams in the NBA Draft Lottery for the draft in 2012. Yet despite a probability of 25% on the "First Pick", the first option in the Draft, the Bobcats were only drawn against the second pick, the "First Pick" the New Orleans Hornets were able to secure.

June 2012 was presented with Mike Dunlap, a new head coach. Previously, he was for several years Assistant Coach at St. John's University and the Denver Nuggets. In the draft, the Bobcats finally secured Michael Kidd - Gilchrist. Likewise, the experienced players Brendan Haywood, Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon were obliged to bring more quality in the squad. For the 2012/2013 season, the Bobcats also presented a color- modified logo and new jerseys in the main colors of blue and white. In Dunlap, the team presented competitive again and finished the season off with 21 victories and 61 defeats. Directly after the season gave the Bobcats the separation of head coach Mike Dunlap known.

May 2013 was presented with Steve Clifford, a new head coach. Clifford had previously worked several years as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. He received a contract for two years in Charlotte. A short time later presented the Bobcats with center Al Jefferson, the first notable signing ago. Jefferson was active for the Utah Jazz before. At the same time broke the Bobcats Forward Tyrus Thomas with the Treaty on using the option.


The home games will be held in the " Time Warner Cable Arena ," an opened 2005 Multi -function hall in the heart of Charlotte ( Uptown ) with 18,500 seats. During the 2004/05 season, the Bobcats played in the Charlotte Coliseum ( 24 042 places). The Charlotte Bobcats are a relatively young team; Founding date was January 10, 2003 The team was initiated by the city of Charlotte and the NBA, as the Charlotte Hornets (now the New Orleans Hornets ). Moved to New Orleans. Thereupon the city decided in a bidding process, to call a new basketball team on the basis of a financially sound investor to life.

The intended name change

In April 2013, the franchise New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans has renamed Pelicans, thus the nickname " Hornets " for an NBA team was free again. The management of the Bobcats is aiming for a name change, as it is a growing awareness and increasing revenue for the franchise expect to. The fan base in Charlotte is split on whether the team should return to the old name, a Fansurvey stands out. The name change will take statements from NBA officials at least 18 months to complete, as many legal aspects need to be clarified, thereby causing enormous costs.

Current squad

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Head coaches

The first coach in the club's history was Bernie Bickerstaff. Bickerstaff previously been head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards had been and took over the Bobcats also the post of General Manager. After the 2006/ 07 season Bickerstaff stepped back. He remained, however, executive vice president of the Bobcats. On 25 May 2007, Sam Vincent 's new coach, who was previously an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks and three years head coach in the NBA Development League (Fort Worth Flyers). However, Vincent was only one season head coach of Charlotte. On 26 April 2008, the former NBA player was dismissed from the Bobcats. On 29 April 2008 it was announced that the legendary coach Larry Brown is the third Bobcats coach in club history. On Larry Brown followed Paul Silas (2010 to 2012), and Mike Dunlap (2012 to 2013). Since May 2013, Steve Clifford head coach of the Bobcats.

Honors and significant achievements