The New Orleans Hornets recently gained a new owner and they look like they are gaining a new nickname. It appears the name could be changed to the Pelicans as soon as next season.
The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season, numerous sources told Yahoo! Sports.
I honestly do not know how I feel about that. I have loved the Hornets nickname but I guess the ownership group wants to leave their own mark on it. I believe that the team colors will be changing along with the nickname, but I can say that I am not a fan.
I have always enjoyed the color scheme that the team has had and I am not sure changing it will look so good right away. It might take time for them to get something figured out that works, but they should be able to do that down the road. However, it might not look so great in the present.
I had heard rumors of this but I did not think that it would happen so soon. It is a weird name but I guess if it is popular, it should be done. It might get some odd looks from other teams and fans but the hometown fans are all that matter.
It will certainly take some time to get used to. I know that I will end up calling them the Hornets for at least a year after the change.