The Charlotte Bobcats moniker is about to be a thing of the past, and all I can say is “Thank God for that!”
That nickname was the absolute worst. According to Deadspin, former owner Bob Johnson named the team after himself. If that is true, aside from being incredibly narcissistic to name a basketball club after yourself, naming a sports team after a person is absolutely asinine.
Animals are cool (Bulls, Grizzlies, Timberwolves), local themes are better (Celtics, Pistons, Trail Blazers) and creativity trumps all (Knicks, Cavaliers, Pacers). People? Not so much.
Nobody is going to root for the Charlotte Jordans, Brooklyn Jay-Z’s (when he was the part owner) or the Minnesota Schrei-Guys (a poor fantasy name I had one year).
Basketball fans in Charlotte need not worry, however, the NBA has a history of poor team names. It also has some pretty sweet ones that should never have gone away.
The following are four of my favorite names that are no more and four team names that never should have happened in the first place.