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Charlotte Bobcats to become Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday

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The new logo of the Charlotte Hornets is displayed on a video monitor during a halftime ceremony of an NBA basketball game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Utah Jazz in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Bobcats will change their name to the Hornets next season. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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The Bobcats can’t win the NBA lottery.

But the Hornets?

Well… they can’t either. Charlotte made the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history, and its pick from the Pistons is top-eight protected.

Still, the Hornets – and not the Bobcats – have a shot at the No. 9, 10 or 11 pick from the Pistons.

This is a great change for Charlotte, which actually has historic ties to the Hornets nickname. It’s a real step up from Bobcats.

Tuesday is also a momentous day for fans everywhere – a big chance to screw up the distinctions between the Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans. Some old-timers might even throw the New Orleans Jazz and Utah Jazz into the mix. Should be fun!