Curtis Lofton said the name needed to sound tough. He then suggested Nutria Rats.
ESPN would likely love the Pelicans nickname if it were preceded by the word Seattle.
Steve Kyler: There is no doubt that Ownership wants the team to be named the Pelicans... NBA has yet to approve it. Needs Board of Governors buy in. Twitter @stevekylerNBA
has this been put up yet?
This is all a PR stunt.
They are putting names out there to get fans reactions.
Here, he says no doubt this is what ownership wants and gives some reasons for why it might not happen (general). He does say the NBA may not let Charlotte rebrand to Hornets.
I'm sold on the name now. Right before the Kobe top 10 they accidently said..."New Orleans Pelicans"...NOT Charlotte or the Bobcats.
Hated the name before I read this. Hate the name significantly less after.
That said I'm jumping on the pelicans bandwagon 100%. Just realised that Sydney has two bird teams, the roosters and the swans, nothin wrong with a bird for a team name.
I'll miss the hornets logo an everything, but for me moving to new Orleans made me like the team more than before.
And you could shorten pelicans to Pelis, it's what us Aussies would do.
Last comment, I like the pelicans logo and all, but it reminds me a lot of the old warriors logo.
It's all about revenue... What will sell more merchandise? Charlotte Bobcats or Charlotte Hornets? No brainer!
Benson owns the rights to the name Pelicans, once a New Orleans minor league baseball team, but Stern says the Hornets have filed to protect five unspecified names.
The plot thickens.
Do we know all 5?