CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is changing his team’s name to the Charlotte Hornets.
Jordan said at a Tuesday press conference he has informed the league of his decision and is optimistic the NBA board of governors will approve the name change when they convene in July.
Charlotte will remain the Bobcats next season, but if all goes as planned Jordan anticipates his team will become the Hornets for the start of the 2014-15 season.
Jordan said his organization is just giving the fans what they want.
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Some of the players were old, though the New York Knicks say their team is young in its development.
So they feel they need time, not an overhaul, to get further next season.
“We’re just fine. I love our team just the way it is,” point guard Raymond Felton said Monday. “When you start making too many changes, you can’t build on something. If you’re going to be successful, you’re going to be good, a team has to be a team, has to be together for a while. This is our first year together.”
Most of the ones who spoke Monday considered it a good one, though Iman Shumpert said not reaching the Eastern Conference finals made it a failure. To have done that, the Knicks would’ve needed to win Saturday at Indiana, then win a Game 7 that would’ve been played Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Instead, they were holding exit meetings at their training center, believing they’re not far from being at the level of the Pacers or even Miami Heat, who open the East finals on Wednesday.