On This Day

Charlotte Hornets in History

Events in Sport

  • 1988-06-23 Charlotte Hornets & Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft
  • 1988-11-04 First NBA game at Charlotte Coliseum - Hornets lose to Cavs, 133-93
  • 1988-11-05 1st NBA game at Palace of Auburn Hills, Pistons beat Hornets 94-85
  • 1991-06-26 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Larry Johnson first pick by Charlotte Hornets
  • 1994-11-04 United Center in Chicago opens - Bulls beat Charlotte Hornets, 89-83
  • 1997-02-09 47th NBA All-Star Game, Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH: East beats West, 132-120; MVP: Glen Rice, Charlotte Hornets, F
  • 2003-01-10 NBA announces Charlotte, N.C. is awarded an NBA expansion franchise to be known as the Charlotte Bobcats and start play in 2004-05; eventually changes to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-15 season

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1936-12-14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1953-08-30 Robert Parish, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (Boston Celtics; 9-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958-02-25 Kurt Rambis, NBA forward (Lakers, Hornets)/Clark Kent look-a-like
  • 1961-09-17 Steve Clifford, American basketball head coach (Orlando Magic 2018-19; Charlotte Hornets 2013-18), born in Island Falls, Maine
  • 1963-01-19 Michael Adams, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1963-09-28 Johnny Dawkins, American basketball guard (NBA: San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers; Detroit Pistons) and coach (Stanford, UCF), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964-06-25 Dell Curry, American basketball guard and broadcaster (NBA Sixth Man of The Year 1994; Charlotte Hornets all-time points leader [9,839]), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1964-07-22 Rafael Addison, American professional basketball forward, 1986-97 (NBA: Charlotte Hornets, and three other teams; Italian League: Livorno, and Treviso), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1965-01-09 Muggsy Bogues, American NBA guard and the shortest player ever to play in the NBA (Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965-09-12 Vernon Maxwell, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1965-12-17 Jeff Grayer, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1966-05-22 Donald Royal, American NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966-12-14 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1967-05-28 Glen Rice, American basketball guard and forward (3-time NBA All Star; NBA C'ship 2000; Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks), born in Jacksonville, Arkansas
  • 1967-09-09 B. J. Armstrong, American basketball guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968-02-03 Vlade Divac, Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers)
  • 1969-02-25 Donald Hodge, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969-03-14 Larry Johnson, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks)
  • 1969-05-27 Travis Williams, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969-12-20 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1970-02-08 Alonzo Mourning, NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1970-09-03 George Lynch, American basketball forward and college coach (Charlotte/NO Hornets; UNC NCAA title 1993), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1970-10-09 Kenny Anderson, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trailblazers), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970-11-14 David Wesley, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics)
  • 1971-01-12 Scott Burrell, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1973-08-02 George Zidek, Czech NBA center (Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Zlin, Czechia
  • 1977-11-12 James Borrego, American basketball head coach (Charlotte Hornets 2018-19), bon in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1985-12-08 Dwight Howard, American basketball player (Charlotte Hornets), born in Atlanta, Georigia

Deaths in Sport

  • 2015-02-28 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • 2019-12-13 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), dies from complications of dementia at 82