CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets are back.
The NBA franchise announced Tuesday at a news conference it has officially changed its name back to the Hornets after 10 years of being known as the Bobcats.
The change comes nearly one year after owner Michael Jordan indicated he wanted to change the name back to the Hornets.
The league approved the change last July.
Jordan didn’t attend the news conference, but issued a statement saying it’s a “historic day for our franchise, our city and our fans.”
The Hornets resided in Charlotte from 1988-2002 before George Shinn moved the team — and name — to New Orleans.The name became available again when New Orleans owner Tom Benson changed his team’s name from the Hornets to the Pelicans.
Warriors introduce Kerr
OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr knows he has never been a head coach at any level and there are questions about whether he can do the job. He says he’s “willing to put the work in and put the right people around me” to prove he can.
The Golden State Warriors introduced Kerr as their new coach Tuesday at the team’s downtown Oakland headquarters. Kerr’s contract is for five years and about $25 million.
The former NBA guard said he turned down the New York Knicks and mentor Phil Jackson because “everything clicked” with the Warriors and it felt like “the right fit.”
GM’s status now interim
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man now temporarily in charge of the Grizzlies’ basketball operations said wants the job on a permanent basis.
However, general manager Chris Wallace said Tuesday he hasn’t discussed when the team’s majority owner Robert Pera will evaluate his interim status.
Wallace’s new position is part of the shake-up of the Grizzlies front office. Memphis CEO Jason Levien, who also ran basketball operations, and the Grizzlies’ director of player personnel left in a surprise move Monday.