History of the Charlotte Hornets

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The history of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets goes back to 1985, when George Shinn first thought up the idea of bringing professional basketball to Charlotte, North Carolina.wikipedia
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Charlotte Hornets

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The history of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets goes back to 1985, when George Shinn first thought up the idea of bringing professional basketball to Charlotte, North Carolina.
The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn.

National Basketball Association

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The history of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets goes back to 1985, when George Shinn first thought up the idea of bringing professional basketball to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Charlotte, North Carolina

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The history of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets goes back to 1985, when George Shinn first thought up the idea of bringing professional basketball to Charlotte, North Carolina.

George Shinn

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George Shinn, an entrepreneur from Kannapolis, North Carolina, wanted to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area, and he assembled a group of prominent local businessmen to head the prospective franchise.

Kannapolis, North Carolina

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George Shinn, an entrepreneur from Kannapolis, North Carolina, wanted to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area, and he assembled a group of prominent local businessmen to head the prospective franchise.

College basketball

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The Charlotte area had long been a hotbed for college basketball.

Atlantic Coast Conference

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The Atlantic Coast Conference's four North Carolina teams, as well as local teams UNC Charlotte, Davidson, and Johnson C. Smith, had large and loyal fan bases in the city.

Charlotte 49ers men's basketball

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The Atlantic Coast Conference's four North Carolina teams, as well as local teams UNC Charlotte, Davidson, and Johnson C. Smith, had large and loyal fan bases in the city.

Davidson Wildcats men's basketball

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The Atlantic Coast Conference's four North Carolina teams, as well as local teams UNC Charlotte, Davidson, and Johnson C. Smith, had large and loyal fan bases in the city.

Johnson C. Smith University

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The Atlantic Coast Conference's four North Carolina teams, as well as local teams UNC Charlotte, Davidson, and Johnson C. Smith, had large and loyal fan bases in the city.

American Basketball Association

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Charlotte was also one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and was previously one of the three in-state regional homes to the American Basketball Association's Carolina Cougars, from 1969 to 1974.

Carolina Cougars

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Charlotte was also one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and was previously one of the three in-state regional homes to the American Basketball Association's Carolina Cougars, from 1969 to 1974.

The Sacramento Bee

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Some critics doubted that Charlotte, then a city mostly known for banking, could support an NBA team; one Sacramento Bee columnist joked, "The only franchise Charlotte is going to get is one with Golden Arches."

Golden Arches

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Some critics doubted that Charlotte, then a city mostly known for banking, could support an NBA team; one Sacramento Bee columnist joked, "The only franchise Charlotte is going to get is one with Golden Arches."

Charlotte Coliseum

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However, Shinn's ace in the hole was the Charlotte Coliseum, a state-of-the-art arena under construction that would seat almost 24,000 spectators – the largest basketball-specific arena ever to serve as a full-time home for an NBA team.

Commissioner of the NBA

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On April 5, 1987, NBA Commissioner David Stern called Shinn to tell him his group had been awarded the NBA's 24th franchise, to begin play in 1988.

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On April 5, 1987, NBA Commissioner David Stern called Shinn to tell him his group had been awarded the NBA's 24th franchise, to begin play in 1988.

1988–89 NBA season

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On April 5, 1987, NBA Commissioner David Stern called Shinn to tell him his group had been awarded the NBA's 24th franchise, to begin play in 1988.

Miami Heat

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Franchises were also granted to Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Orlando.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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Franchises were also granted to Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Orlando.

Orlando Magic

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Franchises were also granted to Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Orlando.

British people

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The name was derived from the city's fierce resistance to British occupation during the Revolutionary War, which prompted the British commander, Lord Cornwallis, to refer to it as "a veritable hornet's nest of rebellion".

American Revolution

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The name was derived from the city's fierce resistance to British occupation during the Revolutionary War, which prompted the British commander, Lord Cornwallis, to refer to it as "a veritable hornet's nest of rebellion".

Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis

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The name was derived from the city's fierce resistance to British occupation during the Revolutionary War, which prompted the British commander, Lord Cornwallis, to refer to it as "a veritable hornet's nest of rebellion".

Minor League Baseball

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The name had been used for Charlotte sports teams before, including a minor league baseball team that was located in the city from 1901 to 1972, as well as a World Football League team that played there from 1974 to 1975.