To be fair, the New Orleans Hornets never sounded right to me and once Tom Benson became the majority owner of the team, he promised to possibly change the nickname in the next couple seasons.
At this time, there is a rumored report from Yahoo Sports Marc Spears that the Hornets could change their name as soon as next season and the team will be re-branded as the “New Orleans Pelicans”:
The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14. Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans.
The Hornets also considered the nicknames Krewe (groups of costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans) and Brass.
Louisiana is the Pelican State. The brown pelican is the state bird and appears on the state flag and seal, and official state painting. Moreover, the Pelicans played minor league baseball in New Orleans in all but nine seasons from 1887-1959 and in 1977.
Gayle Benson, Benson’s wife, told Fox Sports New Orleans recently her preference for new team colors was navy blue, red and gold.
Man, I can wait for the logo design photos….