Pop question: You own an NBA team. Should you change your name from the Hornets to… wait, this can’t be serious… the Pelicans? Of course not!
Yet as you probably heard, next season the New Orleans Hornets will become the New Orleans Pelicans. Tom Benson, if you happen to read this, please halt turning New Orleans basketball into a joke. More so than the 15-31 team already is of course. Do it for the pride of the players on that team. Do it for the pride of the good people of New Orleans. Hell, do it for the pelicans. But please stop the worst possible team name in NBA history from becoming a reality.
Benson, the GM of the Hornets, has swallowed whole the idea of naming a competitive team after a state bird. Yet no amount of Louisiana connection to the albatross can make up for the fact that in a league of Bulls, Raptors, Grizzlies and Timberwolves, pelicans just don’t fly.
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