Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm  |  33 responses

New Orleans Hornets to Officially Launch New ‘Pelicans’ Nickname

It has been reported that the New Orleans Hornets will change their team name, logos and colors. And after sorting through various options, the franchise appears to have settled on “Pelicans”. A press conference is scheduled this week, during which the branding change will reportedly be made official. Per the Times-Picayune and Yahoo! Sports: “The New Orleans Hornets have scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m. Thursday in which it is expected that the team will announce its new nickname. [...] The pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. NBA Commissioner David Stern said last year that he would expedite any name change which makes it likely that it would happen for the 2013-14 season. The team declined to comment Wednesday on the topic of Thursday’s press conference. [...] The new nickname, colors and logo will be used during the 2013-14 season. The colors will be blue, gold and red. [...] The Hornets had been expected to change their identity since being purchased by Tom Benson on April 14. Benson owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans. It has not been determined when Pelicans merchandise will be available. The Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, which is known as the Pelican State. The Pelican is also on license plates, the state flag, the state seal and the state painting. The bird symbolizes Louisiana’s environmental recovery from oil spills. There was also a minor-league baseball team in New Orleans called the Pelicans from 1887-1959 and 1977 of which Benson was fond. The name ‘Pelicans’ has received a lot of criticism from Hornets fans and NBA followers. During the news conference, a video is expected to be shown explaining the history behind the nickname and what it means to New Orleans and the state.”

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  • Max

    Turrible, absolutely turrible..

  • http://twitter.com/RyanDeahn RyanDeahn

    Pelicans are a genus of large water birds comprising the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and large throat pouch used in catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing. They have predominantly pale plumage, the exceptions being the Brown and Peruvian Pelicans. The bills, pouches and bare facial skin of all species become brightly coloured before the breeding season. The eight living pelican species have a patchy global distribution, ranging latitudinally from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America as well as from polar regions and the open ocean. Fossil evidence of pelicans dates back at least 30 million years, to the remains of a beak very similar to that of modern species recovered from Oligocene strata in France.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    oh well…. charlotte better be the hornets again

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui


  • Redd

    Hold fast to dreams
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird
    That cannot fly.
    Hold fast to dreams
    For when dreams go
    Life is a barren field
    Frozen with snow.

  • Redd

    I’ll never like the New Orleans “Pelicans” because they decided to go with fricking Pelicans over an amazing name.

    I mean..”New Orleans Krewe”, that’s potentially the best NBA team name ever.

  • roscoe

    but do pelican’s B.B.Q. well?

  • Salty

    They considered being the mosquitoes too? What is wrong with these people?

  • 1982

    Even New Orleans Birds would have been better

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    while it’s not my first choice, I’m sure I’ll get used to it. I managed to be okay with the Magic, Raptors, Wizards, and Thunder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    How about going back to the f*cking Jazz? What the hell is a team in freaking Utah doing with the Jazz name to begin with?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    “pelican fly, come on pelican”

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Incredibly stupid.

  • Warren G

    Should have gone with Hurricanes.

  • Redd

    Mormons like Jazz, geez man.

  • http://twitter.com/Lauren99designs Lauren Gard
  • k2

    That’s interesting since Joseph Smith and Bringham Young had mentioned black music being of the devil. They actively discouraged Mormon’s from listening to black music. Geez man

  • Redd

    Clearly was joking & you’re a loser that clearly was the only 1 not to realize that.

    Geez man.

  • k2

    Clearly you’re and idiot and you’re the only 1 here who doesn’t know that. Joking my azz, dummy.

  • bringbackthesonics

    some of those logos actually look decent, especially the one with the top hat

  • Lz _ Cphfinest3

    Should have gone with Indians or Big Chiefs.. Pelicans is just horrible..

  • slamfan4life

    hope Charlotte becomes the hornets again!

  • Redd

    “You’re and idiot”.

    Feeling stupid for not realizing it was a joke huh? Loll

  • Brickshooting J

    Those two names can be pretty racial-sensitive, so I think it’s unlikely that the NBA would allow any of its teams have that type of name.

  • Brickshooting J

    There are some stunning logos there! Thanks for the link.

  • k2

    You’re still known as the site’s dumb azz. How do you feel about that?

  • Redd

    By who? You? Jeez, I’m so offended.

    Save it, you’re an idiot that got emotional & now look dumb and feel stupid. People misinterpret things online always, but you’re the dude calling me dumb yet are the complete idiot.


  • k2

    Says me and the countless other commenters that call you stupid here on a regular basis….Plus the hundreds of up votes they got when they did it.

  • Redd

    LOL, you really are taking looking like an idiot to heart aren’t you?

    If you think I care what commentators on a discussion board think..you’re sadly mistaken. LOLLL you actually think I care.


  • RayJr

    First thing I thought of when I saw the headline!

  • RayJr

    “Hey lets go watch the _________ /Pelicans game tonight!”…wow that sounds lame

  • k2

    Redd, you’re too dumb to make anyone look like an idiot. You are the verbal punching bag of Slam. Nobody respects your opinions.

  • Redd