Michael Jordan writes a monthly "Chairman's Corner" column for the Bobcats website, and in this month's column he addressed the Bobcats vs. Hornets debate -- sorta.
In fact, what MJ said was very little at all. Read the relevant excerpt here and tell me what you think -- to me it sounds like an owner who really hasn't decided on this topic. But some believe he is cushioning the blow for the pro-Hornets faction (of which I am one -- I believe the name should change) when and if he decides to stay with things "as is" and keep them as the "Cats" as he prefers to refer to them.
From Jordan's column:
The most popular topic this month was our team’s nickname. With New Orleans announcing their decision to become the Pelicans, some of you have asked if we would consider taking the Hornets nickname.
We have been in contact with the NBA and we are conducting our own research to determine if that is the best course of action. As some of you may be aware, we have engaged a national polling group to survey both our current season ticket holders and randomly selected individuals in our local area to see how our fans and stakeholders feel about this topic.
Judging from the e-mails you’ve sent me, the opinion seems to be very mixed. Some of you have said we should change the name and some of you have said we should not. In fact, a few of you even suggested that we should change the name to something new altogether, and not use Bobcats or Hornets.
There are a lot of factors to take into account and a lot of information to sift through. This is a decision that we will not take lightly and we will not make hastily. We want to do what we believe will be in the best interests of our organization and our fans.
OK, this is Scott again -- if I'm Jordan and I'm really going to make this change, not sure I would have used the word "mixed" -- I might have implied more support for my side. But then again it's Jordan. He just turned 50, he owns the team and, as usual, he's going to do what he wants. It's just interesting reading the tea leaves on this one because it means a lot to some people.
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