New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson has reportedly decided to change the team’s nickname—to the Pelicans. Love it or hate it, the Pelicans will certainly get some attention. And if this leads to the rumored reunion between the City of Charlotte and its beloved Hornets, we’re totally on board.
But, the Pelicans? Really? Sure, the pelican is Louisiana’s state bird, but it shouldn’t take long to come up with a giant list of better nicknames for the New Orleans NBA franchise. Here’s our list:
An ode to the seafood industry that has thrived in the Gulf Coast.
Look, if we can have the Philadelphia Phillies, we can have the New Orleans Cajuns.
This works for a helicopter or a meat cleaver. Either way, it’s stronger than a big bird.
Borrowing the UNLV nickname would work fine in a city where rebels helped fight British control.
We’d need video packages of a young Lil Wayne for the Jumbotron, but this should be doable.
How else could we honor the birthplace of No Limit Records? Make ’em say ughh. Obviously.
You started this, San Francisco 49ers. New Orleans was founded in 1718. So there you go.
Again, if the Philadelphia Phillies exist, The New Orleans NOLAs should, too.
The Cajun classic is synonymous with New Orleans. And it’s WAY more intimidating than a pelican.
Let’s go back to the 90s era when teams were given singular nicknames, like the Magic and Heat. The New Orleans Gulf? So crazy it just might work.
The New Orleans Basketball Club
There’s something so sophisticated about how European soccer clubs name their teams. Also, forgoing a nickname altogether would increase the buzz around the team.
The French influence is everywhere in New Orleans, so why not go all in by calling the team “The Frenchmen?” It’s also the name of a well-known street in The Big Easy.
The Big Easy
See how that works? It’s singular and echoes the city’s history. Think of the endless mascot possibilities.
Yeah, the city would probably get behind a team called The Bayou, don’t you think? Bayou at Heat tonight. Just rolls off the tongue.
Sort of self-explanatory. The team could do a whole nautical theme.
Swamp and marsh are probably a few things worth mentioning. It’s worked okay for LSU.
Sector New Orleans
Another attempt to capture the elegance of a soccer team’s naming style. Again, this would get the team tons of attention.
This has less to do with the city itself, but shouldn’t there be a team be called “The Horses” by now?
No city parties like New Orleans. With this nickname, every home game could be Mardi Gras.
Since the Jazz will be keeping their nickname, despite the facts that it’s a disconnect in Utah and that New Orleans is a jazz hotbed, at least use the new nickname to pay tribute to the brass bands that parade the streets. Also, the Brass is a minor league hockey team name.
This one works in multiple ways, both as a color and a mindset.
New Orleans called its style of hip hop “bounce,” and that’s reason enough to use it as the team name.
This nickname makes sense, because New Orleans is the fifth-largest port in the country.
Think Zatarin’s, gumbo, or any delicious food memory you have of New Orleans. Zatarin’s has been based out of NOLA since 1889.
It’s the nickname of a minor league team, but that never stopped anyone in the past.
Another minor-league team name that’s ready for prime time.
New Orleans is already nicknamed “The Crescent City.”
The local AFL team is called the Voodoo, and the Skulls would evoke more of the spooky background behind the city.
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