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The New Orleans Hornets To Become The New Orleans…Pelicans?

Submitted by on December 5, 2012 – 10:19 am2 Comments

This may be the last year that the New Orleans Hornets will be known as such. As early as the 2013-14 NBA season, the New Orleans franchise are expected to become the New Orleans Pelicans.

Yes, Pelicans. Although it initially sounds awkward, it fits with New Orleans as reported by ESPN.

The Hornets have planned to change their name since New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who also owns the rights to the Pelicans nickname, bought the team in April.

The pelican is Louisiana’s state bird and appears on both the state seal and flag. A New Orleans minor league baseball team held the Pelicans nickname in all but nine seasons from 1887-1959, and again in 1977.

The Hornets moved to New Orleans from Charlotte in 2002, and when Benson bought the team earlier this year, he said he would like to change the name to something more fitting of Louisiana. His wife, Gayle, reiterated that idea and added that the franchise also would like to change the team colors from teal and purple to red, gold and navy blue.

As for the Hornets name, it could go back to the Charlotte franchise. If you recall, the Charlotte Hornets made waves with a squad that featured Larry Johnson, Kendall Gill, and Alonzo Mourning. Those jerseys are still popular in the Charlotte area and the name would be a welcome addition to the city after some tumultuous years under Michael Jordan. Jordan himself would welcome the name change.

“It’s definitely an interest down the road, but right now it’s the New Orleans Hornets,” Jordan told the Charlotte Observer. “We would definitely entertain the opportunity. That’s as much as we can say right now. We’ve heard the community ask the question, and we would listen.”

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  • BasketballRobinHood says:

    That would make the NBA an epic classical again!!
    So far…

    Great Securable Future:
    Atlanta Hawks
    Boston Celtics
    Charlotte Hornets
    Chicago Bulls
    Cleveland Cavaliers
    Dallas Mavericks
    Denver Nuggets
    Detroit Pistons
    Golden State Warriors
    Houston Rockets
    Indiana Pacers
    Los Angeles Clippers
    Los Angeles Lakers
    Miami Heat
    Milwaukee Bucks
    Minnesota Timberwolves
    New York Knicks
    Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA Finals 2012 vs Heat)(I respect them)
    Orlando Magic
    Philadelphia 76ers
    Phoenix Suns
    Portland Trail Blazers
    Sacramento Kings
    San Antonio Spurs
    Toronto Raptors
    Utah Jazz
    Washington Wizards

    Uncertain (as of yet):
    Brooklyn Nets (Suggested name: Bulldogs, Bombers, or Rapids) (Nets name back to New Jersey)
    Memphis Grizzlies (If Vancouver can work it out…)
    New Orleans Pelicans (if name approved) (my suggestion: Dynamites)

    Can’t wait for return: Seattle Supersonics

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