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.'”