Phills' No. 13 jersey raised again in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Bobby Phills' retired No. 13 jersey has returned to Charlotte.

The Hornets raised Phills' jersey to the rafters at their downtown arena during a ceremony at halftime of Saturday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

His widow, Kendall Phills, said: ''I'm humbled and filled with unspeakable joy for all of you bringing Bobby's jersey back home.''

Phills' jersey was originally raised at the Charlotte Coliseum on Feb. 9, 2000, following his death in an automobile accident. When the Hornets moved to New Orleans, his retired jersey went with the team. Now that the Hornets are back, so too is Phills' jersey.

Members of Phills' family, former coach Paul Silas and former teammates David Wesley, Todd Fuller and Chucky Brown were present for the celebration.

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