The Hornets had Mugsy and Dell Curry for years.
But still, I think The Bugs dropped in popularity because they were never able to keep their stars for very long. Every few years they had to recycle and bring in new good players. You had the Tripucka-then-Kendall Gill beginning. Afterwards there was the LJ/Zo period. You had the Glenn Rice/LJ-into-Mason time. You had the Eddie Jones stretch, and then the Jamal Mashburn/Baron Davis period, if memory serves. It was great to have so many solid players come through here, but that's kind of too much change.
That said, WHO could be the face of this franchise moving forward??
I was hoping it was going to be Gerald Henderson. Seems like a good guy. Has a good TV face. Should have some brains since he went to Duke. He's been through our best season into the playoffs, and he's been through our awful season as the worst team in NBA history. He seemed to really care about getting us out of the gutter this season. He was Dunlap's choice for a captain. He's survived three coaches. But I fear nagging injuries and roster circumstances will keep him from developing here much further.
Then I'm thinking MKG. Plays very hard, which REALLY translates live at the arena(see Gerald Wallace being worth the price of admission for years). Youngest player in the league. Still plenty of hope with this guy. But there's that whole shyness/stuttering issue. So I'm not sure how marketable he is in that regard.
Then there's Biyombo. By most accounts a great kid who wants to be good. Maybe he could work.
But I think I'll go with Kemba. The kid has made great strides. He has a winning smile. Seems comfortable giving an interview. He was no academic slouch himself in college. Plays an exciting little man style. Hits the floor multiple times a night to get the right angle for a basket or grab a loose ball.