HAAA. They'll be called the Pelicants before they stich up the jerseys. All the great original nicknames they could have picked and they go with that. Be the ****ing Gumbo, Bourbons, Quarters, Monsieurs, Po' Boys, RED beans, Captains, CRESCENTS, anything before that trainwreck of a mascot.
Lol and the others options were krewe and brass
New Orleans Hurricanes... Nice ring to it. Too soon?
Professional sports teams are starting to walk a fine line here... I mean, what are we watching now? Lady sports?
New Orleans Katrinas
Pelicans is just a dumb name. Although, I do agree that the Hornets name should go back to Charlotte. I've never understood why more teams don't leave the names behind when they move. The Jazz makes no sense in Utah. Lakers is a stupid name in L.A. Supersonics would have been out of place in OKC. I'm glad we left the name in Seattle.
Just to piss off Seattle even more we could have gone with OKC Sonic for our inaugural season but have it be like the drive-up restaurant with an overweight Jerry West("the NBA logo") like figure for our logo ... Anyone? Okay nm then
Ragin' Cajuns is a badass name, they shoulda stole that
Wasn't the name Pelicans formerly for their minor league baseball team?
I kinda like it
Thunder is to Oklahoma as Pelican is to Louisiana.
Thunder colors are represented in the state flag. The pelican is seen on the state flag.
I like the name. It's unique and unusual at the same time. The main logo and other logos are badass!
Although, it sounds kinda weird saying New Orleans Pelicans as it doesn't roll off tongue nicely. One of the logos has Crescent City on it.
Crescent City Pelicans sounds better than New Orleans Pelicans.
They tried to fight our parents in the stands at a hockey game. Fortunately, a sibling is a MMA champ and got everyone out.
I hate the entire state.
I'm on board with Ed Harris up there ^.
Pelicans is a name that makes sense for the region, and it's unique in that it's not used by any other franchise in the big four major sports or the NCAA (that I'm aware of).
It's not a dumb name, and there are plenty of those out there: Nets, Suns, Heat, Nationals are all boring and lifeless. I'd include Thunder but I'm biased and that bias has led me to actually like it over the last few years.
to me, the worst name in the 4 major sports would be the Raptors. I could be wrong, but they are called the Raptors because of the popularity at the time for Jurassic Park.
Jazz and Lakers don't make sense as to where they are now but they originated where they made sense in Minnesota and New Orleans. I think with the early success of the Lakers in MPLS and the continued success of the Lakers in LA, it would be weird to have a name change as the "Lakers" name is well associated with many championships.
Jazz could have changed but with the years of Malone and Stockton together and Sloan as the coach, they became known as, imo, what the JAZZ were all about in Utah. All 3 are gone and I think the Jazz name needs to retire.
Lakers name will be forever.
Someone mentioned in the threas earlier the Magic being a dumb name. That's not correct at all. Magic and Disney go together. It makes sense.
I agree with Heat being a lame name for Miami. There's no "heat" in Miami when comparing it to Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, and Nevada.
Nets is boring but it makes sense, since it's basketball related.
Memphis should not be called the Grizzlies anymore. It made sense for the area it was in before in Vancouver. When the Kings move to Seattle and are called the SuperSonics again, the Grizzlies should be renamed to the Kings to honor Elvis.
Houston Oilers moved to Nashville and for two years were called the Tennessee Oilers. They were already in the hint for a new name and they came up with Titans which sucks. Oilers was better even if Tennessee is not known for Oilers.
I like it. I think it is cool that they are trying to be meaningful; to have a name which actually significant to the locals. There is an interesting article on ESPN.com that goes into detail about what Pelicans mean to people down there.
The problem with Utah is they probably couldn't think of a nickname. The Mormans maybe?
Ironically the best one I could come up with would be Saints.
Love the name, love the logo.
Good fit for NOLA and the league.
Name and logo are fine, colors are not. Should have stuck with the Hornets' colors or gone with a Mardi Gras theme.
Or ThunderCats, with Cheetara as the mascot.
Pelicans sounds lame at first, but it's the state bird so there's that.
Thunderbirds? Really? That would have been a dumb name.
The Thunder is a cool team name and it fits the team. If not Thunder, I think the Aviators would have been cool.
Should have asked Marvel for the licensing rights to Thor as a mascot. Asgard was located in Oklahoma for a while in the comics. /nerd
I still like the barons
I like the Thunder but liked the Barons color scheme better.
I like the Thunderballs.
I kind of like the Pelicans. I think they could do some cool logos with it. The one up there ^ is pretty good, but maybe some different colors or what not.
I think Utah should be the Outdoorsmen or something. Maybe the Mountain Men. And have a man on a mountain for their logo. That would be sweet. And he could be wearing invisible glasses and magic underwear.
New Orleans Jazz though is really good. Too bad Utah won't change their name to the Mountain Men and let the Pelicans be the Jazz again. Maybe their logo could be a pelican playing a saxophone. Or maybe his giant pelican beak is a saxophone beak. That would be awesome.
And it's here you guys
When I first saw the new twitter account...
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They first approached the Jazz about buying that name from them. Jazz should be the name in New Orleans, but the Jazz wouldn't even talk to them. So Tom Benson came up with the Pelicans. Staff and board people told him they didn't like it. He said he would give them a week to come up with something better and if they did he would consider that. No one could come up with anything that they all deemed better. Pelicans it is.