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New owner will mean new name, logo for Hornets soon

Apr 14, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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“Hornets” is not a name that fits with New Orleans.

It was a leftover from when George Shinn moved his team from Charlotte — a city nicknamed “the hornets’ nest” — but “Hornets” goes together with the spirit of New Orleans about as much as tacos go with gumbo.

New Hornets owner Tom Benson is a New Orleans native who gets the city. And you can put him on the list of people who wants a new name for the team. Tomorrow. Which is all that matters. Here is what Benson told the Times-Picayune:

“We need to find a name like (Jazz),” Benson said, referring to New Orleans first NBA team that relocated to Salt Lake City in 1979. “Whether we can get that or let us use that, you’ve got to know we’re working on it. We’d like to change it tomorrow. We have not gotten that approved, but we’re not letting up on it, either. Because we’ve got a good relationship with the commissioner and his people and we’re going to be on them daily to do something.”

At this point, Jazz is not going to happen, even though that name fits in Utah about as well as a crawfish boil. Look, Lakers fits a whole lot better in Minnesota than it does Los Angeles but they’re not giving it up either.

But there are a host of other potential names that can work and you can bet in a couple years Benson will have the Hornets called something appropriate.

And you know, that black and gold color scheme of the saints would look cool on an NBA uniform. Just sayin’.

  1. AlohaMrHand - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    New Orleans Gumbo

    New Orleans Gators

    New Orleans Shadows

    New Orleans Bayou

    New Orleans Crawdads

    New Orleans Cajuns

    New Orleans Pelicans

  2. ausernamethatisavailable - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    New Orleans Brass.

  3. MightyMoonWorm - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    New Orleans Dirge is probably a bit negative, context-wise.

  4. deiong - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    so i take it then that tacos dont go with gumbo???

  5. spacejamed - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    New Orleans Soul

  6. rushbacker - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    The Jambalaya.

  7. glink123 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    New Orleans Brass

  8. southpaw77 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Make a trade
    Utah Hornets (beehive state)
    New Orleans Jazz

    While we’re at it, drop Grizzlies in Memphis and become the Memphis Sound or Blues.

    Or give Charlotte the Hornets name since Utah won’t give Jazz up, then we’ll have the Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Gators or something.

    • fm31970 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      I actually like the new for this season retro Jazz unis, but they will get old quickly, and it might be a better idea to all New Orleans to re-brand itself anew…just don’t have a contest to decide then name. They’re still regretting that decision in D.C.!

  9. joelwrobinson - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    New Orleans levees?

  10. highlander24 - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Or keep it as the Hornets? You don’t HAVE to change the name.

  11. asublimeday - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    How bout Utah Mormons and New Orleans titties& beads , sounds good 2 me

    The New Orleans Titties & Beads would be amazing. I can only imagine the game-experience. Cheerleader lap dances for everyone court side!

  12. addict2sport - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    New Orleans Brees. Maybe Drew would be flattered enough to sign on the cheap then. (would naming a nba team after your QB count against cap?)

  13. billymc75 - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Let’s change everything so the fans have to buy all new stuff with new logos and colors, in this economy that’s a great idea. Especially in a city were the fans economy is much like the Charlotte economy? I’m pretty sure they don’t care what the mascot and colors are, hornets pretty much fly everywhere and those colors are brute like NO. Don’t change a thing help out the fan, for once.

  14. drew1969 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    As a stl blues fan,blues would work great,and no need to change the uni colors.

  15. rboyett - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I vote for the NOLA Mudbugs.

  16. cajunman22 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I think they should take the name from their minor league hockey team the New Orleans Brass…think that’s be the best name

  17. jdub01984 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    New Orleans Looters
    New Orleans George Bush Hates Black Peoples
    New Orleans I Bought My Tickets with FEMA Money
    New Orleans Refugees

  18. kylos13 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    New Orleans Breeze, reference to Drew and Katrina at the same time. Plus Black and Gold does look good as a Hardcourt Uni


  19. kylos13 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Or “New Orleans Outlaws” since OKC missed the boat on it.

  20. islamgrind - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    New Orleans FLAVA

  21. walrxs - May 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    New Orleans Hurricanes.. trollolololol 😀

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