The Charlotte Hornets announced today that the team will pay tribute to two Hornets legends for their contributions to the franchise’s history in Charlotte this season, as Dell Curry and Alonzo Mourning will be honored in halftime ceremonies as part of the team’s “Buzz City” nights. Curry will be honored at halftime of the December 2nd game, in which Stephen Curry, his son, will lead the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors into town to face the Hornets, while Mourning will be honored on February 5th, when the Hornets square off against the Miami Heat, in which he serves as the team’s Vice President of Player Programs.
“I am pleased to announce our plans to celebrate the careers of Hornets legends that have left an indelible mark on our franchise. With our Buzz City Nights being a reflection of our fans enthusiasm of the Hornets, we are excited to have this opportunity for our organization and our fans to support Dell and Alonzo for the immerse impacts they made on this community, both on and off the court.” said Fred Whitfield, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hornets Sports & Entertainment.
Currently in his 7th season as color analyst for Hornets telecasts on Fox Sports Southeast, and also serving as a Hornets ambassador and Special Project Advisor for the organization, Dell Curry was the very first player taken by the Hornets in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft, and spent 10 seasons with the Hornets from 1988-1998, averaging 14.0 points per game, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, and he still remains the all-time leader in Charlotte NBA history(since 1988) in games played(701), points scored(9,839), field goals(3,951), three-point field goals(929), and double-figure scoring games(592). Curry was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year during the 1993-94 season, and was ranked in the NBA’s top 10 three-point percentage in 5 of his 10 seasons in Charlotte and represented the franchise in the Three-Point Shootout at the 1993 and 1995 NBA All-Star Weekend. He currently ranks 27th among the NBA’s career leaders in three-point percentage(.402), 42nd in three-point field goals(1,245), and 63rd in free-throw percentage(.844).
Alonzo Mourning, who was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014, was selected by the Hornets with the number 2 overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, and spent the first three seasons of his career with the franchise. He appeared in 215 games from 1992-95, averaging 21.3 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game, and 3.2 blocks per game in 35.2 minutes during his Charlotte Hornets career. He is the all-time leader in Charlotte NBA history in blocks(684), and blocks per game(3.2), while ranking second in franchise history in points per game(21.3) and rebounds per game(10.1). Mourning was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team after the 1992-93 campaign, represented Charlotte in a pair of NBA All-Star games in 1994(DNP due to a left calf injury) and again in 1995. “Zo”, as the fans called him during his tenure with the Hornets, would be best known for what would eventually become known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round The Carolinas”, one of the most iconic moments in Charlotte NBA history, as he would knock down a buzzer-beating jump shot with 0.4 seconds remaining in Game four of the first-round of the 1993 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at the Charlotte Coliseum, to give the Hornets its first playoff series win in franchise history.
These two games are a part of the Hornets “Buzz City Nights” this season, in which the Hornets will wear their new “Buzz City” pride uniforms. These nights will celebrate the fans excitement of the Hornets, past and present, and the City of Charlotte. For the games on December 2nd and February 5th, the nights in which Curry and Mourning will be honored, the first 10,000 fans entering Time Warner Cable Arena will receive a “Buzz City” jersey t-shirt featuring the players name and number.