Just about everybody assumes that when the Hornets nickname returns to Charlotte in approximately 18 months, the classic teal and purple color scheme will as well.
While that might make sense, the return of the distinctive colors is far from certain. At the news conference to officially announce the name change, Michael Jordan said he had not decided what colors would accompany the rebranding. The official website featured a teal and purple palette, encouraging folks who still fit into their Starter jackets.
If the team goes back to the teal and purple of the Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson days, it would have a ready-made fan base in Charlotte and beyond. The team attracted a wide following after its inception in 1988 due to its unique color scheme, and young fans who were not even alive when the Hornets moved to New Orleans now attest to be bigger fans of the Charlotte Hornets than the Charlotte Bobcats. The former fashion designer who dreamed up the original uniforms even wants in on the creative process for the new Hornets, if they will let him.