The Story Behind Every NBA Team’s Name

The expansion team Charlotte got in 1987 was originally going to be called Spirit, which the fans were very much against. This was mainly because it could be associated with PTL Club, a Charlotte-based evangelical TV show that was being investigated for fraudulent fundraising activities. Owner George Shinn sponsored another naming contest and Hornets won by a landslide over Knights, Cougars, Spirit, Crowns and Stars. Shinn liked the name because during the Revolutionary War, a British commander reportedly called the area around Charlotte a nest of hornets.