People forget that Charlotte abandoned the Hornets their last 3 seasons, and those were playoff years. Having the name back would be nice but unless we improve, dramatically, it won't matter. If we were a 50-win team people wouldn't care if we were the Charlotte Taliban.
People abandoned the Hornets because it was a lame duck franchise with an owner that was almost hell bent on moving elsewhere while also letting Johnson and Mourning leave because he didn't want to pay them market value.
There is a reason why Stern promised Charlotte a new team almost immediately after the Hornets bolted for New Orleans, and thats because George Shinn was a bastard.