The Charlotte Hornets officially retu

rned to the NBA on May 20. The team has been holding draft workouts under the new "Hornets" name and even unveiled its new practice court featuring a honeycomb pattern.

On Thursday, another integral piece of the Hornets franchise returned — atop Time Warner Cable Arena — early in the morning: Hugo the Hornet!

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The team is set to unveil its new uniform design on June 19. In the meantime, Hugo will spend Thursday making the rounds throughout Charlotte. Welcome back.

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