By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on May 29, 2014
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:
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.
Two of the shortest players in NBA history. Bogues stood just 5-3, while Webb was 'much' taller at 5-7.
Zo always seemed to drape himself in his warmup jacket while on the bench.
Rambis spent one season in Charlotte from 1988-89, the team's first year of existence.
Talk about two different types of point guards. One was 6-9, the other was 5-3.
Gill and his hairstyle were definitely a big part of the Hornets unique look back in the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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