The Incredible Beginnings of the Charlotte Hornets

When the NBA decided to expand for the 1988 season the Charlotte Hornets were one of 11 teams in the running for the new teams. The oddsmakers had them bringing up the rear, but an incredible sales job and the NBA’s love of being the only big league in town led to the Hornets being born. The little big city embraced the new team with enthusiasm unknown to a continually losing expansion team (354 consecutive sellouts to start the franchise). Charlotte Magazine details how Muggsy Bogues, Kurt Rambis, and Kelly Tripuka helped establish the NBA in college basketball country.

‘The Place Went Nuts’: An Oral History of the 1988 Charlotte Hornets, November, 2013