The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division, and play their home games at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte. The Hornets are mainly owned by Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who acquired a controlling interest in the team in 2010.
The Charlotte Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team owned by George Shinn. In 2002, Shinn moved the Hornets to New Orleans as an expansion team. They continued to play as the Hornets until 2013, when they changed their name to the New Orleans Pelicans.
As part of an agreement with the NBA, Charlotte returned for the 2004–05 NBA season, known as the Charlotte Bobcats. In 2013, the Bobcats announced they would rebrand to the Charlotte Hornets beginning with the 2014–15 season. On the day the name change became official, the Charlotte franchise reclaimed the history and records of the 1988–2002 Hornets from the Pelicans. As a result, the league considers the Hornets retrospectively, having suspended operations from 2002 to 2004.