New Orleans Hornets Changing Name To Pelicans?

New Orleans Hornets Changing Name To Pelicans?

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?




dare to dream
Also online at and

Related Posts

The Big NBA (Non) Trade & Why I Feel Bad For Pao and Lamar

Thursday was a bit of a roller coaster for Lakers' fans. The NBA was officially back in business - Commish David Stern announced that the owners and players had ratified a collective bargaining agreement, the final step to ending the five-month lockout - and teams could open training camps on Friday. The free-agency period for the 2011-12 season began at 11 a.m. PST.   Read more >

Playoff Fever: What's Happening in the NBA & NHL

If your house is anything like mine, the TV was on non-stop over the weekend and there may be some household members who have a bit of laryngitis this morning. In the world of basketball, the NBA play-offs are well underway and it was judgment day for teams that either had to step up or watch their seasons come to an abrupt end. Eastern match-ups saw the Celtics sweep the Knicks Sunday, while the Heat failed to close their series keeping the 76ers alive. For those that missed any of the action, here's a quick recap:   Read more >

Rex Ryan's Bizarre Ink Raises Questions about Jets' Future

The New York Jets crashed and burned this season, which resulted in the firing of general manager Mike Tannenbaum on Monday.  But that's not the most talked about NFL story right now.There's also been talk that Jets' QB Mark Sanchez could be traded (along with his high profile back-up Tim Tebow).Again - not headline news. Just when you thought that life with the Jets couldn't get any more bizarre, comes news that controversial coach Rex Ryan has been sporting a bizarre tattoo that may hold some clues to the franchise's future.   Read more >


In order to comment on, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.