Robert Allen’s Letter to Michael Jordan!

Dear Mr. Jordan,

My name is Robert Allen and I live and have lived in Charlotte since 1987. I am not the best with the written word but I will do my best to convey how passionate I am about the Hornets. Moving to Charlotte at the age of 10 and not being into sports at all I was amazed by the amount of “Buzz” was flowing through the city about a basketball team coming soon, It was everywhere! My dad bought tickets to the first home game against the Cavs and we sat about as far up as you could go. To watch my new home team lose by 40 points and my new home town stay and cheer at the top of their lungs the entire time was amazing. It was something you only see in fairy tales “True Love”! So if you piece it together the Hornets were the first sports team I ever cheered for and that was the first pro sporting event I ever attended. That point on; I bled Purple and Teal, I was consumed by it! I stayed with the Hornets through the hard times even when the city was turning their back on the ownership. We had the best arena in so many ways, seating, capacity and parking to name a few reasons. (Didn’t mean to get off track).

When the Hornets left us I was crushed! The team that I had grown up with, that I followed while overseas fighting for my country, that I attended childhood basketball camps with (Larry Johnson Camp) was gone. Because of that betrayal I felt that meant the NBA was also gone!
When the announcement of the new team came around I was swept up in Panther Pride and had no interest in getting involved in another NBA franchise. Slowly, because of the great love I have for my city I started to root for the B__cats. I would follow the box scores and attend the games when I could. I followed the drafts and the busts we brought in, etc. etc. etc. The only problem was I supported the B__cats because Charlotte was attached, I did not love them. I would never buy season tickets for the B__cats and that has nothing to do with their record. I didn’t just support the Hornets because they were in Charlotte; I supported them because I had a personal connection to them. It sounds funny to me writing that I had a personal connection to a sports team, but it is true.
Charlotte can be a bandwagon city and when you are winning the masses come out, but do they really give a damn? Sure, if the B__cats played at a higher level attendance would be greater but would they be true fans, I say no. For me Mr. Jordan not only would I buy season tickets to the Charlotte Hornets day one of their return but I would hold on to them and bring my son to games and pass that tradition on to future generations.
The plan is simple, be a hero to a city that has not yet felt they can embrace you.
1.    Acquire the name WHEN New Orleans releases it back to the NBA.
a.    If the costs are too great then go to the community, BOA or Wells Fargo may help as a show of good faith to the public.
2.    Announce the first home game as a landmark event, which it will be.
3.    During halftime of the first Hornets home game retire Mugsy and Dell’s jerseys to show a commitment to the history of the city and team.
Robert J Allen

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Rare is the sort of unconditional love and undying devotion that was once the hallmark of the relationship between the city of Charlotte and her Hornets. Night after night, year after year, "The Hive" was alive; impassioned Beelievers wreaked a unique aural havoc upon all who dared to enter that hallowed hall. From the 20-win seasons of Rambis and Tripuka, to the genuine Eastern Conference contenders of the late 1990's, this city; this jewel of the New South; provided both the NBA and the nation at large a perfectly-executed blue print of the power of civic pride. Then there were the lean years. Our once beloved owner...let's just say he became somewhat less beloved. This was followed by the acrimonious arena issue. And in a matter of a few short seasons, the one constant in this city of flux, our beloved Hornets, was gone. I defy any of you present for that final, crushing playoff loss to state that you didn't shed a tear as you filed into the parking lot. But hope, as they say, springs eternal. B** Johnson managed to bring the NBA back to the Queen City in 2004. As my mother taught me to refrain from speaking of someone unless I had something complimentary to say, this will be the last I will mention of Mr. Johnson. Let's cut to the chase. The B**Cats have been a PR disaster...the ownership has, in a round about way, admitted as much. Whether it was through their own doing (oh, I don't know...C-SET, anybody?!?) or factors outside of their control (the 'jilted-lover' scars of a fanbase done wrong), they've never taken hold in the city of Charlotte, much less on a national scale (stroll through the streets of any major city long enough, and you're bound to see a hip kid sporting throwback Charlotte Hornet gear. I don't think I've ever seen any B**Cats paraphernalia outside of the metro area...and not much inside the metro area). The Honorable Sir Airness himself vented his frustrations in a recent Charlotte Observer article: "Number one for 10 years!" Jordan said, his voice rising. "The community supported it and at that time, the Hornets supported the city. I want to duplicate that. I want us to be No. 1 in attendance and No. 1 in the community. "If we ask people to invest in us, we must invest in them." Let's face the facts, Mike. The swiftest, savviest, most crowd pleasing way to convince this community to "invest in (you)"? GIVE US BACK OUR HORNETS. The current New Orleans Hornets franchise has been embroiled in an unparalleled period of strife. Left high and dry by George Shinn (sound familiar?), the team was purchased by the NBA in 2010. Recently, League Commissioner David Stern has made%2

Posted on April 19, 2012, in Buzz Brothers. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Stephanie Denning

    Dear Mr. Allen, Thank you SO much for writing this letter. I love & miss the Hornets too! I was also devistated when they moved. I couldn’t believe that such a thing could be done. The Hornets will always and forever be from Charlotte (in my opinion). I have a signed Mugsy jersey that I will always cherish. I never really understood why they had to blow up the “Bee Hive”. Even if they do bring the Buzz back, it just won’t be the same. The big wigs of Charlotte gave up on our team & tried to replace them (all the while counting the dollar signs floating around their heads). Still I hope Mr. Jackson does what he can to get the name back to where it rightfully belongs!

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