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NBA Charlotte Hornets

Throwback Thursday: Charlotte Hornets Edition

#TBT: Old School Charlotte Hornets Pictures In Honor Of the Team's Relaunch

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After over a decade-long hiatus the Charlotte Hornets are back. Who would have thought that Michael Jordan would end up as the team's owner in 2014?

It's definitely a fresh breath of air for the fans in Charlotte, and it comes at a great time following the team's playoff run this past season.

Here's a glimpse of what the Hornets looked like back in the day:

1. Larry Johnson With a Sweet Jacket on Draft Day 1991

1991 NBA Draft: Larry Johnson
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1. Larry Johnson With a Sweet Jacket on Draft Day 1991

1991 NBA Draft: Larry Johnson

LJ was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1991 draft out of UNLV. He would go on to win Rookie of the Year honors in the 91-92 season.

2. Muggsy Bogues & Spud Webb

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2. Muggsy Bogues & Spud Webb

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Two of the shortest players in NBA history. Bogues stood just 5-3, while Webb was 'much' taller at 5-7.

3. Alonzo Mourning (1994)

ALONZO MOURNING
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3. Alonzo Mourning (1994)

ALONZO MOURNING

Zo always seemed to drape himself in his warmup jacket while on the bench.

4. Kurt Rambis Was a Hornet?

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4. Kurt Rambis Was a Hornet?

Charlotte Hornets

Rambis spent one season in Charlotte from 1988-89, the team's first year of existence.

5. Muggsy and Magic

Hornets V Lakers
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5. Muggsy and Magic

Hornets V Lakers

Talk about two different types of point guards. One was 6-9, the other was 5-3.

6. Kendall Gill and His Trademark Flat Top

Charlotte Hornets v Boston Celtics
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6. Kendall Gill and His Trademark Flat Top

Charlotte Hornets v Boston Celtics

Gill and his hairstyle were definitely a big part of the Hornets unique look back in the day.

7. Kobe Bryant During His Brief Time as a Hornet

1996 NBA Draft
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7. Kobe Bryant During His Brief Time as a Hornet

1996 NBA Draft

Kobe was selected No. 13 overall in 1996 by Charlotte. However, the story goes that management had no intention of making him a Hornet, as they had agreed to trade the pick to Los Angeles the day prior to the draft. Bryant was dealt to the Lakers shortly after this photo was taken.

8. Vlade Divac

Charlotte Hornets v Sacramento Kings
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8. Vlade Divac

Charlotte Hornets v Sacramento Kings

Who/what did the Hornets get for dealing Kobe? This guy -- Vlade Divac. He's one of six players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots. But he certainly wasn't a game-changer like Bryant.

9. Dell Curry, Father of Steph Curry, Draining Threes

1994  AT&T Three Point Contest
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9. Dell Curry, Father of Steph Curry, Draining Threes

1994  AT&T Three Point Contest

In the Curry family, draining threes is just tradition. Dell hit 1,245 of them over his career, with his best years coming in Charlotte during the early-to-mid 1990s. Through just five seasons, Steph already has 905 three-pointers made.

10. Grandmama

Larry Johnson shoot
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10. Grandmama

Larry Johnson shoot

There were a million of these type of photos of LJ back in the day. He was definitely one of the NBA's most marketed players in the early 1990s.

Bonus TBT - Little Steph Curry

1992 NBA Three Point Competition
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Bonus TBT - Little Steph Curry

1992 NBA Three Point Competition

What a shot this is. Steph Curry sitting on his father's lap, who's sitting next to Mitch Richmond and the late, great Dražen Petrović. As for the man behind them? Legendary coach Don Nelson.