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The New Orleans... Pelicans?

By December 4, 2012

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The New Orleans Hornets will change their name to the Pelicans, Yahoo! Sports is reporting. The change could take effect in time for the 2013-14 season.

The team has been known as the Hornets since 1988, when the then-Charlotte Hornets joined the NBA as an expansion club. Tom Benson bought the team from the league last April and has been considering a change ever since. "Pelicans" has some local significance; the brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana.

Benson also owns the NFL's New Orleans Saints.

Benson's wife Gayle has already revealed that she would like to see new uniforms using a navy, red and gold color scheme.

For what it's worth, I like the idea. If I had my way, teams would always change names when they change cities, and they'd use names with local significance as often as possible. Ideally, New Orleans' NBA team would call itself "the Jazz" - but that name moved to Utah along with Louisiana's original NBA team.

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