Posted January 23, 2013

Report: New Orleans Hornets to become “Pelicans” next season

NBA

The New Orleans Hornets will officially switch their nickname to the “Pelicans” in an announcement Thursday, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears on Twitter. The team plans to use the new name starting next season.

The move had been expected since Yahoo! reported in early December that the team wanted to change its mascot to the Pelicans. Owner Tom Benson had previously said he wanted a new nickname that was more tied to the region. The Hornets nickname followed the franchise when it moved from Charlotte.

Spears reports the team’s colors will be blue, gold and red.


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RockyFortune
RockyFortune

everytime i see a pelican..i think of the part in scarface..tony..in the tub..smoking a stogie watching nature channels...

 

fly pelican..fly!!

Madman829
Madman829

I suppose too soon to suggest that Hurricanes might be more intimidating?

Cool
Cool

Well they certainly picked out a threatening mascot.  I know that whenever I see a pelican my first thought is that of a sleek and fast bird..

mksea
mksea

It is good to see a team developing a more appropriate name after a franchise move. Some of the team monikers have no relationship to the team's current location. The Utah Jazz? What's "jazzy" about Salt Lake City? And the Los Angeles Lakers? Lakers was OK for Minnesota, but LA? Ad what about the Los Angeles (Trolley)Dodgers? Don't get me going about the Cardinals. That's a St. Louis name, how can they be in Phoenix?

zactschp2
zactschp2

"Alright, give us back the Hornets' name, logo, and all other associated rights." – Charlotte and NC residents.