The Charlotte Hornets are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team was founded in 1988 and played in Charlotte until 2002, when they moved to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. In 2004, the NBA awarded Charlotte a new franchise, which was named the Bobcats. The Bobcats played in Charlotte until 2014, when they officially changed their name back to the Hornets. The team plays in the Eastern Conference of the NBA and has made the playoffs multiple times in their history. Their team colors are teal, purple, and white, and their mascot is a hornet named Hugo.