By now, you’ve probably seen the Yahoo! Sports report that says the New Orleans Hornets are considering changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans as early as next season.
Having a tough time embracing the name change? You’re not alone.
When Wizards swingman Martell Webster was asked what he thought of the big-billed bird becoming an NBA logo, his face twisted in disgust.
“That’s terrible,” said Webster, who will face the Hornets tonight at 8 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet HD.
When informed that the Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, Webster replied, “I don’t care. Keep it the state bird!”
Before you start throwing french fries at the idea of an NBA team named the Pelicans, it’s worth noting it’s hard to find a jazz club in Utah, right?
In fact, New Orleans was home to the minor-league baseball Pelicans from 1887-1959 and again in 1977. Among the Pelicans’ notable players were Shoeless Joe Jackson, Earl Weaver and Tony LaRussa, along with manager Danny Murtaugh.
But before you run out looking for your Pelicans jersey, here’s a word of caution: the NBA has not yet been asked to approve the change.
"Been getting flooded with calls,” Hornets spokesman Harold Kauffman told USA Today. “Telling everyone that any name and color changes are controlled by the NBA and that process has yet to take shape.”
So, if you had the choice, what would you re-name the Hornets? The Gumbos? Join the conversation below: