New Orleans Hornets Changing Name To Pelicans?

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Hawks, Falcons, Ravens, Eagles...these are birds that strike fear into the hearts of prey.

Pelicans? Not so much.

Brown Pelican via shutterstock

On Monday, it was reported that the New Orleans Hornets could re-brand as the Pelicans as soon as the 2013-14 season. The NBA team's new owner Tom Benson–who also owns the Saints–made it clear when he bought the team that he was interested in changing the name to something with local flavor.

Benson told the Times-Picayune last spring.

“We need to find a name like (Jazz),” Benson said, referring to New Orleans first NBA team that relocated to Salt Lake City in 1979. “Whether we can get that or let us use that, you’ve got to know we’re working on it. We’d like to change it tomorrow. We have not gotten that approved, but we’re not letting up on it, either. Because we’ve got a good relationship with the commissioner and his people and we’re going to be on them daily to do something.”

The Hornets name came with the franchise when former owner George Shinn relocated the team to New Orleans after 14 years in Charlotte. Shinn then sold the Hornets to the NBA in 2010 and Benson bought the team from the league earlier this year.

But renaming the team to the New Orleans Pelicans? Louisiana is nicknamed the “Pelican State” and the bird appears on the state’s flag, but really?

Report say the team also considered nicknames "Krewe" and "Brass."

Yesterday, NBA commissioner David Stern told reporters in New Orleans that a name change for the New Orleans Hornets would be received with open arms and a quick rubber stamp by the league office.

So, it appears the Pelicans are cleared for takeoff.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said via the New York Times, that he would be open to changing his team's name back to the Hornets should the New Orleans franchise change its name.

What do you think? Do you have any alternative names you think would be better for New Orleans?




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