Less than 24 hours had passed since the Hornets' season-ending loss at Dallas and already the franchise was announcing its formal conversion Thursday to its new ''Pelicans'' name, logo and color scheme of blue, gold and red.
After a 27-win 2012-13 campaign that was better than only four other teams in the NBA, the organization was understandably eager to adopt a new identity.
How long it takes for the club to acquire a winning identity remains to be seen.
''It's obvious that this whole season has been tough for all of us,'' point guard Greivis Vasquez said. ''Next year, there's not going to be excuses for us. We'll be a more experienced team, and hopefully our season next year is a lot better than this one.''
There have been some encouraging signs, starting with the play Anthony Davis.
The top overall draft choice in 2012 averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and nearly two blocks in his rookie season. His numerous highlight-reel dunks and blocks, along with his solid mid-range ju...