Hornet's Top Rivals?

Hope everyone is having a good weekend! I’m a student at NKU and I wanted to learn more about everyone’s feelings on our rivals and why we feel this way towards them. With the help of message board members beginning in 2014, we—the students and professors of the Know Rivalry Project—began answering this question and others related to rivalry in the NBA. No one knows the rivalries of the Hornets better than this message board community. Please help us update and expand our results to ensure that the Charlotte Hornets are included by taking 9 minutes to complete our newest survey:


Our previous results have been featured in numerous sports media outlets, as well as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. You can view those results, links to media coverage, and learn more about us at our KnowRivalry.com website BUT we’d prefer you didn’t until you completed the survey via the link above… we don’t want to influence your opinions provided in the survey.

We use the Qualtrics online survey software for data collection. This academic research has been approved by two US universities’ Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and it poses no risks to respondents. You’ll find more information on the disclosure agreement that is required to start the survey. There are plenty of other teams you can look into as well on the site if you had other favorite teams. Survey aside I would like to know your personal feelings about your rivals. Thank you for helping us to include the Hornets by participating and please share this with any other fans that may also help.

Zachary Beal, Northern Kentucky University
Dr. Joe Cobbs, Northern Kentucky University
Dr. David Tyler, University of Massachusetts—Amherst

I got this y’all.

The way we play, all teams are our rivals.


I would say our biggest rival is the Miami Heat, historically they took Alonzo from us.

Plus in recent years we’ve met them in the playoffs twice and we’ve played a lot of games late in the year against the Miami Heat with a playoff birth at stake.

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Heat and Hawks for me have always been the 2 teams we are “rivals” with.

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Been bad a lot not sure hard to qualify as rival worthy, sure dislike more than others, for me Heat…but who has Hornets hate? Close proximity Hawks probably built up most mutual aminosity, played against most at 121 games at 57-64.

Closest W/L
Magic 54-55
Det 57-58
GS 31-31

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Took the survey. Much more in depth than I anticipated. Look forward to seeing the findings.

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Came into league together

Ronnie Seikly

Ef em

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