John Otano
Saturday May 18th, 2013

The Charlotte Bobcats are beginning the process of becoming the Hornets, again. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) The Charlotte Bobcats are beginning the process of becoming the Hornets, again. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Charlotte Bobcats are beginning the process to change their name back to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a CBS Sports report. According to the report, a source told CBS Sports the Bobcats hope to acquire digital assets to allow a return to their old nickname. Commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver told Bobcats season ticket holders in April that any change to the Hornets would take 18 months.

The Hornets relocated to New Orleans in 2002 but the team will now be known as the New Orleans Pelicans, opening the door for a possible return of the Hornets in Charlotte. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan recently acknowledged that the Bobcats were doing field research to asses how fans felt about a possible change back to the old nickname.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.