Bobcats changing name, colors next season

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan announced Sunday that the team will switch to purple and teal as its main colors when it changes its name to the Hornets next season.

It will also be accented by black, gray and light blue as secondary colors. It is the same color scheme the team used from 1988-2002 before it moved to New Orleans.

The NBA returned to Charlotte when the Bobcats became an expansion team in 2004.

The Hornets name became available after the New Orleans franchise changed its name to the Pelicans this season.

"It was important to us to acknowledge the heritage of the Charlotte Hornets when bringing the name back to the market," Jordan said in a statement.

He also said "the purple and teal color scheme was instantly recognizable as being associated with the original Hornets."

The team will begin a three-week campaign focusing on "painting the city" with the return of the original team colors to Charlotte.