The Internet was buzzing when word came out that the New Orleans Hornets possibly could change their name to the New Orleans Hornets. In a report by USA Today, the Hornets did not necessarily say that they would or not. According to USA Today, the decision is not up to them, even if they did want to proceed with the name change. Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman stated,
Been getting flooded with calls. Telling everyone that any name and color changes are controlled by the NBA and that process has yet to take shape.
This changing of names was an idea when Tom Benson bought the team several months ago. Benson also owns the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and reports state that he has the right to the name Pelicans.
For those that are wondering, the Brown Pelican is the official state bird of the state of Louisiana. The name would fit the NBA team’s name change fine in that case. On the other hand, how intimidating is playing against a “Pelican” anyway? Yes, there have been worse team names. Just the fact that they want to be a “Pelican” is hilarious. Imagine a newspaper headline that states, “New Orleans Pelicans are the new NBA world champions!” Okay, maybe that is taking this a bit too far.