BASKETBALL — 23 January 2013

The New Orleans Hornets are set to officially announce their name is changing to the New Orleans Pelicans at a news conference being held on Thursday.

The official nickname, colours and logo will be unveiled Thursday and put into effect for the 2013 season. The colours are said to be blue, gold and red. (The photo used in this article is not the officially released logo of the Pelicans).

The Hornets have been planning to change their name since Tom Benson, who also owns the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team in April. Benson coincidentally owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans.

Although ‘Pelicans‘ don’t strike me as the best team mascot, they don’t exactly provide the toughest image, I respect why it was chosen as the mascot. The Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, also known as the Pelican state. The pelican has long been a symbol of the state, seen on license plates and even the state flag.

I think the name will be the topic of some jokes and skepticism, but eventually everyone will get used to the name. There’s always someone who’s going to be critical of whatever name they decided to use. Some might think the names Lakers, Heat, Celtics and Thunder sound dumb, but they’ve all become widely accepted.

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