Former Center Shaquille O'Neal Calls New Orleans Pelicans New Name "Terrible"

By Dave Daniels
Derick E. Hingle- USA TODAY Sports

Former All Star and wordsmith Shaquille O’Neal is not a fan of the New Orleans Pelicans new name, and he is not trying to hide it either.

You can check out the full piece below, but Shaq does show his ignorance by admitting he has never seen a Pelican before.

“It’s a terrible name” Shaq told NBC. “I told Charles on TNT, I don’t think I’ve seen a Pelican before. Pelicans, are they that big white bird? I would had named them Tigers, Crawfish or something. Pelicans — no. But I wish them well.”

Yes, Shaq. They are that big white bird.

Let me just stick up for Pelicans real quick here, because they are getting a bad rap. Pelicans are fierce creatures that are quite protective and have even been known to try and eat small mammals which is pretty awesome.

Also, know they are specific to the area, but the New Orleans Crawfish does not exactly have a terrifying ring to it either. Shaq needs to come up with some better ideas if he is going to bash what the Pelicans franchise decided to go with.

Shaq, you just worry about your show on TNT, and your new role with the horrible Sacramento Kings franchise. In the meantime, the “terrible” Pelicans will have a much faster rise in the West than the Kings will.

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