SBD/June 4, 2012/Franchises

Bobcats Say Possible Change In Uniform Colors Would Not Affect Potential Name Change

A hat circulating on the Internet features a new, lighter shade of blue on the bill
The Bobcats "appear to be contemplating a change to their uniform colors, but a team spokesman says that has nothing to do with a potential nickname change," according to Rick Bonnell of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Pictures "circulated on the Internet Friday night of a Bobcats cap tied to" the '12 NBA Draft. Most of the cap "looks like the Bobcats' current blue primary color," but the cap's bill is a "new, lighter shade of blue." The "only orange in that cap is the small 'Charlotte' stenciling." Bobcats Dir of Basketball Communications B.J. Evans said, "We're always trying to explore accenting our colors in different ways." Bonnell noted there has "been a grassroots effort of late, lobbying the Bobcats to acquire the Hornets nickname from the New Orleans Hornets." Evans said that "a possible color change would neither increase nor decrease chances of the Bobcats considering a name change." Evans: "We haven't been orange-heavy for a while. For a couple of years we went with blue-and-silver and orange has been an accent" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/3).

POSITIVE SPIN: After missing out on the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft, the Bobcats are now promoting possible picks at the No. 2 slot. The team ran a full page ad in yesterday’s Charlotte Observer and showcased eight players: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, Andre Drummond, Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard and Perry Jones III. The bottom of the ad also touted their latest season-ticket sales initiative, "Buy this season, get next season free!" (THE DAILY).
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