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Charlotte Hornets. It's testament to the popularity of basketball in North Carolina that when the original owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets moved his team to New Orleans in 2001, it took only three years for an expansion franchise to take its place. And a decade later, the Hornets name has returned. Catch them at this Uptown arena. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Uptown, Charlotte, NC, 28202. 704/262–2287. www.nba.com/bobcats.
Charlotte Sting. Charlotte's original charter WNBA team. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Uptown, Charlotte, NC, 28202. 704/688–8600. www.wnba.com/sting.