The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Bobcats were established in 2004 as an expansion team, two seasons after Charlotte's previous NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, relocated to New Orleans. The team is owned by former NBA player Michael Jordan, who acquired the team in 2010. The Bobcats play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in center city Charlotte. As of the end of the 2011–12 season, the Bobcats have compiled a record of 229–411. In their 9-year history they have qualified for the postseason just once, which was during the 2009–10 season when they achieved a franchise-best record of 44–38.

The team will be renamed the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014–15 NBA season after the New Orleans franchise's 2013 relinquishment of the name

2012–present: The Last Years As the Bobcats and the Return of the Hornets

Despite having the best odds of winning the draft lottery, the Bobcats did not obtain the first overall pick. In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick. They also selected Jeffery Taylor with the thirty-first pick. They added Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions and Brendan Haywood. The Bobcats first game was against the Indiana Pacers, and they won the game 90-89 in a heated last minute battle. On November 13, 2012 the Bobcats traded guard Matt Carroll to the New Orleans Hornets for power forward Hakim Warrick. After a surprising 7-5 start to the season in which 6 of the 7 wins were by 4 points or less, the team went on an 18 game losing streak. The Bobcats were unable to recover since the losing streak, finishing 21-61. On April 23, 2013, Dunlap was fired by Bobcats management. Dunlap would be replaced by former Los Angeles Lakers assistant head coach Steve Clifford.

On May 21, 2013, Bobcats team owner Michael Jordan officially announced the organization had submitted an application to change the name of the franchise to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014–15 NBA season, pending a majority vote for approval by the NBA Board of Governors at a meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 18, 2013. NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Adam Silver had previously said it would take about 18 months for the team to change its name, but pointed out the fact that the league owns the rights to the Hornets name could speed up the process. The New Orleans Hornets had recently changed their name to the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2013–14 NBA season

Charlotte Bobcats Roster

Player # Number Position
Kemba Walker 15 Point guard
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 14 Small forward
Ben Gordan 8 Shooting guard
Bismack Biyombo 0 Center
Byron Mullens 22 Power forward
Ramon Sessions 7 Point guard
Josh McRoberts 11 Power forward
Tyrus Thomas 12 Power forward
Gerald Handerson, Jr. 9 Small forward
Jeffery Taylor 44 Small forward
Jeff Adrien 4 Small forward
Jennero Pargo 5 Point guard
Brendan Haywood 33 Center
DeSagana Diop 2 Center
Reggie Williams 55 Small forward