In the 1996 NBA draft, holding the 13th picks the Hornets draft pick the previous day with the Lakers a seemingly very cost-effective deal was reached. Hornets draft picks was traded to the Lakers, for when the play of the year of the European Star Center . Lakers until 5 minutes before the draft, to inform the Hornets their candidate: at age 17, Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant basketball success in the world in the future still makes the deal the hornets ‘ biggest laughing stock.
1996-97 season, new coach of the team led by NBA50 legend –David Cowens , created history when the team’s best record of 54 WINS and 28 losses. Main striker pressure on Jordan to become the all-star most valuable player (MVP), in the 1996-97 season, averaging 26.8 points, averaged 27.7 points and good performance of the playoffs ranked third. But unfortunately is only at the time of 54 WINS team ranked 6th in the eastern part of the cloud, encounter Knicks 3-0 swept out in the first round of the playoffs.
As for team name of origin has two species claims: a said is United States independent war period, United Kingdom one named Charles of General, in to United Kingdom Royal of war front report in the described summer Charlotte of situation: here war tragic, like “group Hornets in cellular in battle”, so summer Charlotte left “revolution of hive” of reputation; addition a claims is United States civil war period, summer Charlotte near of Hornets group help stationed in local of South army playing run North army. Since then, the Hornets Charlotte, was regarded as patron. In 1988, when you set up the first NBA team in Charlotte, took the Hornets to the team name. In 2002, the Hornets moved to New Orleans, ‘ New Orleans “this name was moved to New Orleans.