The Charlotte Hornets are getting ready to party like it’s 1988.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the NBA in Charlotte. On Tuesday, the team will announce a handful of fan-focused, nostalgic ways to commemorate the anniversary. One major element will be the debut of Muggsy Bogues, one of the most popular players in Hornets history who was also the shortest player in NBA history, as a Hornets ambassador for the season.
“We wanted to embrace (Bogues) and have him be part of the Hornets family again. He’s extremely excited to be part of the celebration,” Hornets President Fred Whitfield told the Observer.
Bogues joins former Hornet and current FOX Sports Southeast analyst Dell Curry as a team ambassador. This means Bogues and Curry will be integrated into virtually every 30th anniversary activity the Hornets have planned, including appearing at “classic nights,” when Hornets players will wear their popular throwback pinstriped jerseys.
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l classic uniforms last year, and it will be unveiling more colors this year, Hornets’ Chief Operating Officer Pete Guelli said. The team will host six to eight classic nights honoring popular Hornets stars from the team’s early years, including Alonzo Mourning, Glenn Rice, Larry Johnson, Bogues and Curry.
“It’s exciting to go back and have those players and their legacies be attached to our history. It’s about being able to celebrate NBA in Charlotte from 1988 to 2018,” Whitfield said.
The classic nights will be an ode to the team’s early years in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and the music and game presentation will reflect the theme. Giveaways on those designated nights will include bobbleheads and T-shirts that highlight popular players and moments in Hornets history.
“We’ll do our best to transport people back to 1988, when the team started in Charlotte,” Guelli said. The dates of the classic nights will be determined once the team schedule comes out in August, he added.
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