This coming season, NBA teams are paying homage to some of the things that made them great in the past. It provides nostalgia and great memories for longtime fans of their respective teams. The peak of the Charlotte Hornets took place in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. They were known for bringing the excitement of professional basketball to North Carolina.
In 2018-19, the 30th anniversary of Hornets basketball, the current team will have a few games where they pay homage to the greats of the past. Not only will they be wearing their classic jerseys, the court will look similar to them as well.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) August 7, 2018
Today, the Hornets revealed the design of the classic court that will be used for six “Classic Night” games during the upcoming season. This court was made similar to the design used at the old Charlotte Coliseum during the 1995-97 seasons. The biggest moment from that time was the 1996-97 season where the Hornets finished with a franchise record 54 wins under hall of fame center Dave Cowens. That season ended with Patrick Ewing’s New York Knicks sweeping them out of the playoffs.
It is great that the Hornets and all of the other NBA teams are bringing throwback jerseys back into the mix. With Nike sponsoring the uniforms for the NBA, they’ve been able to bring back some of my favorite uniforms from previous teams. As a Hornets fan, this is a great PR move from the organization to get fans to relive the best memories of the peak of Hornets basketball.
Overall, the Hornets have started their 30th season on a very high note. It is now up to the players to provide a great product. Despite back-to-back seasons with a positive point differential, the team has missed the playoffs in each of the last two years. There are a lot of new faces on the team and in the front office.
The team will once again be led by two-time all-star Kemba Walker. This is a contract year for some key free agents including Walker, Jeremy Lamb, and potentially a few others depending on player options. With a new court and classic uniforms potentially coming, the Hornets have to capitalize on this great idea. We will see if the Hornets can make a return to the postseason for the first time since the 2015-16 season.