Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at 3:03 pm  |  167 responses

Hornets Owner Wants To Change Name, Logo

A leftover from when George Shinn moved his team from Charlotte, the “Hornets” goes together with New Orleans as much as “Jazz” goes with Salt Lake City. New owner Tom Benson is on the (long) list of people who want to change the franchise’s name. Via the Times-Picayune: “Benson said he is also trying to change the name of the NBA team to better fit the ambience, culture and charm of New Orleans. ‘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.’”

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  • Randy Brown

    The New Orleans Trumpets?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    The New Orleans Loosers?

  • robb

    The Jambalayas

  • Jer Dawg

    New Orleans Frenchies
    New Orleans Crawlfish
    New Orleans Coasters

  • Copelon J. Kirklin

    How about going back to the old hockey team name, New Orleans Brass? Or I wouldn’t be offended if we went to the New Orleans Hurricanes. Or how about the New Orleans Soul? I think those are good.

  • Roger J Diamond

    New Orleans Rogues, Lafitte-themed logo.

  • Fresh Boiardee

    swamp rats

  • http://slamonline.com KJ

    Wouldn’t it be funny if he named it the Saints?

  • PillMill

    Hornets actually goes well with Utah…it is the beehive state

  • shuttlesworth

    New Orleans Voodoo

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The New Orleans Blues

  • Jelte

    New Orleans Bourbons?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    These teams should just swap names… The Utah Raptors, the New Orleans Jazz, the Toronto Hornets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Treme’ Trumpets?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The New Orleans Chiefs
    The New Orleans Indians
    The New Orleans Satchmos
    I’m liking the New Orleans Brass and New Orleans Soul too.

  • heyheyhey

    The New Orleans Blues
    The New Orleans Notes

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    new orleans chris paul’s former team

  • MikeC.

    Charlotte Hornets
    New Orleans Jazz
    Utah Grizzlies
    Memphis New Names

    At least that gives us some semblance of name-based sanity.

  • MikeC.

    New Orleans Sterns?

  • RTF

    New Orleans Knights, New Orleans Jesters, New Orleans Bishops, or New Orleans Gators

  • J-Mac

    New Oreleans Flocka

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I’m guessing the Hurricanes is out the door.

  • Rainman

    New Orleans Hurricanes…thats horrible… LOL

  • Addam

    New Orleans Cajuns!

  • Andre

    New Orleans sonics

  • Andre

    New Orleans lions

  • Shecky Shabazz

    Go ‘Canes!

  • alphabeta

    New Orleans Katrinas
    New Orleans FEMAs
    New Orleans Uh-ohs
    New Orleans Gumbo
    New Orleans French Quarters
    New Orleans Mardi Gras
    New Orleans Beignets
    New Orleans Gators

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • luis

    the gators is perfect

  • dma

    I smell a social media marketing ploy to get local fans to ‘help name’ the franchise.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    The New Orleans Uuugghhh Nanana`s


    the no hurricanes is just pathetic. So far i like the New Orleans Soul & the New Orleans Beignets. its so appropriate

  • Joe Blackj

    How about “New Orleans Waders”.

    Maybe Utah will give the name back if the league let’s them use “Polygamists”.

  • goattree

    New Orleans Sinkers

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    New Orleans Jazzz

  • PnoyVibe

    New Orleans Royals

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    New Orleans Bebop
    New Orleans Harmony
    New Orleans Tune
    New Orleans Fusion
    New Orleans Boogie
    New Orleans Swing
    New Orleans Beat
    New Orleans Cadence
    New Orleans Motion
    New Orleans Tempo
    New Orleans Force
    New Orleans Pride




    New Orleans Spice, then Bosh gets traded there.

  • coggie13

    New Orleans hoplessnessers

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    lol, I was thinking the jazz should just swap with NO as well.

  • bike

    New orleans zydeco. Its so perfect.

  • Kabelion

    The New Orleans Limit

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    The New Orleans Gold

  • Weapon X

    I am Weapon X and I like men.

  • Neek

    New Orleans bounties

  • http://hotmail moses

    I like the gators aswell

  • MBE18

    I would love to see the Hornet name go back to Charlotte!

  • Anon

    New Orleans Bayou

    And give Hornets name and colors back to Charlotte.

    Move Kings to Seattle as SuperSonics.


  • furiousfunkfanatic

    The Easy Winners!

  • AC Martin

    I like the blues

    Keep it something in the NO culture

    New Orleans Lyons

  • MikeC.

    New Orleans Tittyflash.

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    New Orleans Bounties??

  • al jordan

    I would really like to see Michael Jordan get the rights from New Orleans to have the hornets name, and change the Bobcats back into the Charlotte Hornets, and return to their roots.

    Then, New Orleans can change their name to what they like.

  • http://slamonline.com Fut.

    New Orleans Diggity.

    Or NO Diggity in shorthand.

  • YeP



    New Orleans Jazzers

  • RTF



    New Orleans f’ers

  • qwerty

    i read at noyz it should be horcats

  • Ali

    new orleans louisianans
    new orleans floods
    new orleans weezys
    new orleans shrimps
    new orleans oilspills
    new orleans wave

  • fernandogarcia

    New Orleans CP3 to Tyson Chandler’s (Throwback going back to when we thought they had something going for them)

  • lud

    new orleans deepwater horizons

  • faqrul

    new orleans bomb
    new orleans tiger
    new orleans dragon
    new orleans money
    new orleans budget
    new orleans boss
    new orleans gang

  • c.a.

    New Orleans Sacre Blues

    France. Music. Play on words. Sorted.

  • George

    How about the New Orleans Soundwaves (music feel) or New Orleans Angels (saints feel).

  • Bash

    They should just call them the GOOD. The plain old N.O GOOD.

  • Hizonfire

    I like the New Orleans Voodoo suggestion

  • i_ball

    New Orleans Survivors

  • Wasabi

    New Orleans Tunchis

  • Hart

    New Orleans Bounty Hunters?

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    New Orleans damage
    New Orleans flood
    New Orleans disaster
    New Orleans tank doggs

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    How about they pickup the old ABA name. Weren’t they the Buc’s at one point? Or the Cresent City CrawDaddys! I like the Voodoo too but it will never get approved. And I hope they turn the Superdome into a two sport arena. The Jazz played there back in the day, didn’t they?

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    New Orleans uglies

  • DeeDre

    New Orleans Bourbon
    New Orleans Basket Makers
    New Orleans Shooters (pun intended)
    New Orleans Rims (play on the Nets)
    New Orleans Sweat
    New Orleans Rave
    New Orleans Cool Guys

    Pick one

  • DeeDre

    @ball i kinda like the Survivors btw

  • quest

    Whoever said brass thats nice their logo could be the trumpeters with swords on their waists and funny moustaches. Theyd have the mascot too

  • hushabomb

    How about the “New Orleans Padres” (its like the Saints, just the spanish name) or like @RTF said “New Orleans Gators”

  • angus

    New Orleans -Category 5

  • Steps Around Lue

    how bout this…

    new orleans jazz (music is not even allowed in utah)
    utah hornets (beehive state…this is a crime if these two teams dont swap names)


    seattle supersonics (sacramento kings move to seattle)

  • d.macaroni

    the Sand Baggers

  • What

    New Orleans Swamp People

  • scottbluett

    If we (New Orleans Hornets) can’t get “Jazz” back…how about a name that reflects the history and people of the unique New Orleans region….New Orleans Rhythm. The people and city of New Orleans do indeed have Rhythm!

    Utah can become the Utah Faith or Utah Buttes….something representing their unique region.

  • riggs

    hornets =/= bees, for anyone talking about the beehive state.


    New Orleans Waves

  • Jay

    New Orleans Louisianimals

  • Hunter Pratt

    New Orleans Hurricanes!

  • Bwill

    so obvious… New Orleans Young Money Cash Money Billionaires

  • Melissa

    New Orleans Brass?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    “I’m from Nawleans!
    We kill fa’real!”
    (Wayne Carter)

  • noel

    lol you guys are horrible
    i do like the new orleans angels thou
    new orleans blues is really good to

  • Top$helf

    The New Orleans Easy like the Miami Heat

  • Wall Ball

    I like New Orleans Rhythm, Soul and Spice

  • ken

    They have a team

  • Ja


  • YeP

    New Orleans Horns

  • IamYOU

    New Orleans No Cp3

  • jbone23

    New Orleans BEADS!
    New Orleans Squirrel Pies (This here Karl Malone!)

    Brass is ok. Soul is pretty good.

  • Jamareo Davidson

    The N.O. Sinners to play off the saints.

  • Tim

    New Orleans Chocolate City


    New Orleans WTF

  • Jay cole

    New Orleans Bounce?

  • Mike From Spain

    New Orleans Blues is good… going by the tradition of naming teams with animals, maybe some animal as dangerous as the team would be a good fit. An animal that lives in the Mississipi. How about New Orleans Catfish?

  • MELO

    another vote for New Orleans Blues.

    plus Utah vs N.O games would have 1000 bands outside. Blues & Jazz. (not in Utah tho!)


    New Orleans Blues it is then.

  • jimmer

    New Orleans Blues. Change the uniforms to block colors. It’s just too neat not to do it.

  • Larry Johnson’s Gold Tooth

    New Orleans Sound
    new ORLEANS Brad Pitts

  • sam

    I like blues, jazz, royals and lyons.

  • lakernation

    New Orleans Jazz sound like music to my ears! I love it!

  • Anon

    No Blues! I’m hoping the Grizzlies will someday become the Memphis Blues.
    Blues != Jazz
    I do love the New Orleans Brass. Isn’t the Vodoo the name of the arena league football team down there?

  • timbo slice

    new orleans basketball reasons ftw!

  • allen3
  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Did I miss the part that said this was a Name Contest?

  • sam j

    New Orleans shamans
    New Orleans bayou
    New Orleans blues
    New Orleans smoke
    New Orleans fleur de lis

  • JD

    If this happens, does it mean the Bobcats can become the Hornets?

  • GFoyle

    N.O Cayenne
    N.O Peppers
    N.O Soul
    N.O Gators
    N.O Cajuns
    N.O Salty Dogs
    N.O Deltas
    N.O Zydeco

  • Rugulose

    The Ragin’ Cajun

  • allen3

    to keep the medieval note why not the NO Chandlers

    or a religious side with the NO Chris’s

  • allen3

    All the “Saints” persons in New orleans are very happy

    PENNY hardaway di not play there

  • bike

    The N.O. Blackened Souls.

  • ab40

    So the hornets name can go back to charlotte and they can honour mourning, mashburn, johnson and bogues with jerseys in the rafters now?

  • http://yahoo.com Ed Garcia

    I Have a good nome The New Orleans Bayou Blues that’s sounds like a good one

  • Vandy

    Mew Orleans Mir d’Noms

  • MELO

    Tom Benson purchased the rights to the New Orleans Pelicans name (former baseball team) according to Wikipedia. That would be awful.

  • Billy Jay T

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The New Orleans Bayou (which is better than the Minneapolis Lakers, and WAY better than the Los Angeles Lakers. Both L.A. team names make no sense in relation to the City of Angels.)
    The New Orleans Charm
    The New Orleans Accent
    The New Orleans Crescendo
    The New Orleans Hot Sauce
    The New Orleans Skeeters
    The New Orleans Desire
    The New Orleans Humidity (The Humidity vs. The Heat would be one hot ticket game.)
    The New Orleans Brass is an excellent suggestion.
    Not the New Orleans Sorta Frenchmen.

  • Jason

    It doesn’t matter what they rename the team, fans are still going to stay away because pro hoops in the Big Easy just are NOT a draw & never have been!
    Don’t give me the line of “they just need to win and then the fans will show up” that’s juts BS! either your fans support your team or they don’t and if attendance hinges SOLELY on winning then you are in the wrong market!
    I find it crazy that David Stern allowed that team to stay there as long as he did without a real owner, it took HOW long to find not just a local buyer wanting to keep the team there but ANY buyer?
    In addition the value of that club – according to Forbes is 280 million which means that Benson paid about 30 million more than what the club is worth AND he did so knowing the league was having trouble finding a buyer.
    New Orleans lost the Jazz to Utah in ’79 and it’s only a matter of time before Benson loses lots and lots of money and the novelty of being a part of David “Napoleon” Stern’s exclusive club wears off and he wants out.
    Sure fans will buy the merch of whatever the new team name is but will they show up and will they do so in consistent #’s commiserate with a successful NBA franchise thus allowing Benson to reap a profit?
    The answer to that remains to be seen but if the past is indication of the future and perception IS reality than Mr. Benson & Mr Stern are in for a RUDE awakening, for Stern it COULD be an epiphany about the non viability of pro basketball in New Orleans but he’s so stubborn & obstinate NOTHING short of a full bankruptcy of the club would illuminate his thinking the least bit.

  • Lonnie

    Just swap with Utah. And get the name that make the most sense the Jazz.

  • price

    They should just trade their name to Charlotte. Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Stray Cats.

  • mark064

    New Orleans Brass or New Orleans Crescent

  • RedRum

    I think if they don’t get Jazz the Blues would make the most sense

  • iknowmybasketball

    i think new orleans and charlotte should combine their teams and form a super team called the new charlotte horn-cats

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    We should have been the Bullets.
    We’ve got the crime for it.

  • LA Huey

    Shouldn’t have kept the team there in the 1st place. We should have kept our Sonics and Stern should have had Bennett buy the Hornets. Katrina may have leveled New Orleans but screwed the NBA in Seattle.

  • Jerome

    I can read the headline now … !!BRASS, BALLIN’ OUT OF CONTROL!!
    It works.

  • CC Rider

    Name that team is an exciting game, but I’m not sure everyone realizes the collateral costs involved. The team isn’t the only entity which would be financially affected. Benson can afford it but some of the others can’t.

  • JerseeJerry55

    How about the New Orleans Bounty Hunters. Fits in well with a rich tradition with New Orleans sports teams

  • http://artcabral.com Artca

    I agree with Bash- the name should or could be “Good”
    or “alibi as in N.O. Alibi

  • http://artcabral.com Artca

    I agree with Bash (posted on the 15th) the name should (or could) be GOOD-
    or the ALIBI
    AS in N.O. ALIBI or N.O. GOOD

  • OD

    I agree with Jersee……….NO Bounty Hunters would be a fitting and appropriate name.

  • voobah

    New Orleans Mudbugs

  • susan

    New Orleans Kings!

  • http://same Joe C

    Shorten it to the HORNS

  • Nashty


  • hayden pfister

    the new orleans “benson’s”

  • hayden pfister

    bourbon st. ballers


    New Orleans penis

  • al dankk

    It makes ALL the sense in the world. The name of the team
    has mostly to do with the city. If the team moves it SHOULD

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Was thinking about all these name changing shenanigans, and here is what should happen in my opinion.

    Utah Jazz become the Utah Raptors.
    New Orleans Hornets become the New Orleans Jazz.
    Toronto Raptors become the Toronto Huskies again.
    Charlotte Bobcats become the Charlotte Hornets.

    Those names not only sound better in every case (except maybe the Toronto Raptors), but make a lot more sense geographically.

  • http://averysmith.org Avery

    New Orleans Seraphs…It’s a celestial being, like a Saint…You’re welcome.

  • http://Slamonline Suita_J83

    The new Orleans Gumbo
    The new Orleans Bayou
    Or even the bounties Lol

  • VoodooFan_16

    For those of you that are to stupid to know that Voodoo is already taken in the Cresent city. The New Orleans Voodoo is the name of the AFL team since 2002. Do some research or shut the hell up.

  • Björn Atli

    New Orleans Purple Drank

  • Björn Atli

    New Orleans Sizzurp

  • VoodooFan_16

    For the fans that are serious about the name change I like the ideas. However some of y’all need the taste knocked out ya mouths.

  • http://lreinh@gmail.com Linda Reinhardt

    Cresent City Crawdads and the Cresent City Trotters

  • Jen Welsh

    I like New Orleans Who Deaux, have a witch doctor for a mascot and the colors can be black and red.

  • http://lreinh@gmail.com ammarettadelight

    New Orleans View Carre’

  • Bruce Jordan

    I think that a good name would be the Jestors, because the color symbolizing Jestor would really fit the spirit of a vibriant and colorful city. The uniforms could be designed with some really classy colors that would make the team really stand out.

  • http://Altonic ALTON TURNER

    This the the sound NEW ORLEANS will make when we win the NBA championship. Our new name the NEW ORLEANS SOUND of the NBA. SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE IN – I’M IN.

  • Pippen what u smokin?

    New Orleans Soul
    New Orleans Bayou
    New Orleans Creoles
    New Orleans Bishops
    New Orleans Krewe
    Louisana Pelicans

  • ROGUEdenied

    New Orleans Phoenix
    New Orleans Dragons
    New Orleans Griffons
    New Orleans Minotaurs
    New Orleans Creatures

    New Orleans Monsters

    And finally the best one….
    New Orleans ZOMBIES

  • http://slamonline.com Matthew LaNoue

    It should be the New Orleans Archangels.

  • Johnny

    Krewe of New Orleans

  • Greg


  • Cody

    New Orleans Jazz
    New Orleans Sound
    New Orleans Soul
    New Orleans Knights
    New Orleans Buccaneers
    New Orleans Touch
    New Orleans Krewe
    New Orleans Bullets (even)
    New Orleans Caps
    New Orleans Nightmares

  • psop3

    for sure it should be New Orleans Gators