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Look at the Oklahoma City Thunder.. Rebranded and new colors when they moved.. And yes it was due to the fact that the city of seattle kept the sonic name and colors, but what do you think would happen if they stayed the sonics. People would still refer to them as Seattle..
New Orleans Fleur de Bees! And then just have that logo as the main one.
I'm sick of going to a lids store and all I can find I Charlotte Hornets hats. I prefer the Brass and would like a new set of colors not incorporating any form of teal. Krewe kinda grows on me too.
Ugh, the rebrand discussion again.
I'd like it to remain the Hornets (I support the Hornets brand as well as the New Orleans brand). But I understand where people come from in New Orleans when they say they want a new name. I just can't think of anything that would be cool when it comes to a name.
I like Gators the best out of all of them or maybe even Buccaneers (the old name). But again, I'm in love with the Hornets brand.
I like basketball
To my knowledge the owner of OKC either left the naming rights to the city of Seattle or still retains them. Either way I will applaud his move being that in this day and age, moving a franchise can be a bit finicky for fans on both sides. I'm more than sure that had he chosen to keep the name and colors of the Sonics, he would have undoubtly pissed off Sonics fans even more so, but those of OKC I fail to believe wouldn't be all that mad because they stood on the side of gaining a franchise.
Had Shinn's ultimate plan come to fruition in keeping the team in OKC, would there still have been home grown fans there clamoring for a re-brand? Yes, there always are! It still wouldn't have happened since the Hornets were his baby and thus why we weren't given that option when the team moved here. It's understandable. If it were me I probably wouldn't have want to change it either, but then again we're talking about a guy who left because of more pressing issues outside the want of a new stadium. Rebranding the Hornets into something else was the furthest thing from his mind.
This is one of the reasons IMO that Shinn's baggage still casts a pall over this franchise til' this day despite a few changes here and there. Keep in mind that we were his fall back option once his inital plan to move to Memphis got booted in favor of the Grizzlies relocation there. Also a factor is that Memphis chose to keep it's name but at least a few years in the decided to change colors, graphics, etc. to leave behind those of their Vancouver days. I can say that yes it worked because their fans buy into their brand.
I'm not saying that we don't. We however were given a re-hashed product from an owner on his way out but desperatly trying to kindle a feel of his days in Charlotte. Would a new color scheme, no pinstripes, etc. have worked? Yes! People always buy into the new no matter how ugly it is which would bring me back to OKC. They have quite possibly the dumbest logo and color scheme in the NBA yet there fans buy into it because it is THEIRS!!!
OKC made the Thunder theirs. Memphis made the Grizzlies theirs. We haven't after all these years, shaken the ghosts of Charlotte's past. This being one of the many reasons that analysts across the world do not respect our franchise! Do you think we would have had the same problem had we gotten the T-Wolves and rebranded them into the Brass? No, because they would be N.O.'s franchise, new uniforms, new name, new look and that is what it takes these days to get peoples attention.
The Kings move from Sacramento to Anaheim and re-brand as the Royals. Nobody is going to call them the Kings! The Oakland A's are possibly moving to San Jose, people are still going to call them the Oakland A's! It's just the ways sports teams are preceived now and it sucks for us because we have a unique culture and city to go with that with all it's beaming creativity, we still have to rely upon a name that until it's gone, very few will associate with this city!
^^^^^^. Like the Brass,Krewe, and how about New Orleans JAM...short for Jambalaya!
I like the creativity, but Jam just feels too... 1990's to me
The New Orleans Name that Irritates Fans Who Only Support a Team Because of Its Name and Awful Teal Uniforms. It just slides of the tongue, no?
New Orleans My Lil Ponies
You can assume the NBA would pressure Clay to sell the name and imagery back to Seattle if and when they get a team, but he doesn't hate too ... that was part of the exit deal and it was posted online for all to see.
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