New Orleans Hornets Changing Nickname To ‘Pelicans’

December 8, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; A logo for the New Orleans Hornets is displayed on the court for a game against the Detroit Pistons at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 NBA season, per Yahoo! Sports. The Hornets had been planning a name change since New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson bought the team in April and they have decided that Pelicans is the way to go.

The Pelicans new colors will be navy blue, red and gold.

Per Yahoo! reports, the Hornets also considered changing their name to the Krewe — groups of costumed paraders during Mardi Gras — or Brass, which would have been a tribute to jazz music.

Out of the options, Krewe had the best ring to it but Benson and company decided to roll with Pelicans. The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana and appears on the state flag and seal.

With New Orleans vacating the Hornets nickname, there has been speculation that Michael Jordan would considered changing the Charlotte Bobcats back to the Charlotte Hornets.

What do you think of the new nickname? As always, sound off in the comments section and let your voice be heard.

Topics: New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

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