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Jazz nickname staying in Utah, David Stern says

Apr 16, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

David Stern AP

The New Orleans Hornets are going to change their name to something actually fitting for the city. New owner (pending the rubber stamp from the league) Tom Benson echoed that again Monday.

How about something like… Jazz? That was the New Orleans teams’ name until it left for that other jazz music hotbed of Salt Lake City. (Read that last sentence again in a sarcastic tone.) So as talk of a possible name change has floated around the idea of New Orleans taking back the Jazz moniker has bubbled to the surface.

Not going to happen, David Stern said at the press conference announcing the 2014 All-Star Game going to New Orleans. Here is the quote, via The Times-Picayune.

“It belongs to Utah,” Stern said. “I wouldn’t make it such an important point. There are many things that are indigenous to the area. I’m sure there will be some wonderful nicknames (suggestions).”

That idea is now DOA. The team in Utah isn’t going to give it up. They now have a long history with it in Utah — how else to you think of Stockton and Malone? — and they are not going to surrender it.

But Stern is right, there are a lot of options. Just know that due to marketing and jersey concerns this is likely a two-year process — nothing changes next season, it would likely be the 2013-14 season when any switch occurs.

  1. jumbossportsblog - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • raidmagic - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      get a life

  2. bearsstillsuck - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Does NBC go to your blog and post “reblogged this on”

    • hoytdadd64 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      If you were to look at that site almost everything on it is reblogged from NBC protalk blogs. The one original piece I did open had two questions in it. And I’m quoting….”Remember Linsanity?” “What ever happened to that?” That was the whole article!!! Those two lines…the whole article!!!

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:31 AM

        Damn, you got suckered into checking in on that site?

  3. rap49er - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Just like all those Lakes in Los Angeles!

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:11 AM

      I’m a devout Laker fan, but yeah rap49er, I must admit, I am very, very curious as to why there was no name change on the move to LA back then. Couldn’t be a worse fit to any team and their city then Los Angeles and Laker. I choose to look at it as Laker has a whole new meaning though. Like it’s an old long forgotten language that means championships.

  4. 4thquartermagic - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    ” There are many things that are indigenous to the area. I’m sure there will be some wonderful nicknames (suggestions).”

    Let’s see, The New Orleans:

    Head Hunters
    Hired Goons…

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:29 AM

      weak, get over it. It’s not like it wasn’t happening on other teams.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:02 AM

      New Orleans Hurricanes?

      • drunkenjunk - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:28 AM

        lol, Miami has it why not N.O.?

  5. glink123 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    New Orleans Brass

  6. queenlivekillers - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I have always thought that a team which moves to a new city should change its name to fit their new home. The Jazz are a prime example. Another are the Lakers. That team originated in Minneapolis, the “Land Of 10,000 Lakes”. At least the New Orleans franchise will get a new name more befitting the community. Hopefully it is not a lame name like “Raptors” or “Grizzlies”.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:25 AM

      Raptors or Grizzlies is what you chose to go with out of all team names? How about Knickerbockers…for real!? Naming a team after an early 1900’s pants style of baggy short pants? That like naming a team the New Orleans Skinny Jeans, then living with that choice a century later (as if the name alone wasn’t bad enough when it was in “fashion”)!!

  7. lbroberts123 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    No because NBC actually writes its own work and doesn’t replay stuff from other websites.

  8. jordanaires - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    New Orleans Po’ Boys?

  9. jordanaires - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    New Orleans Po’ Boys

  10. jordanaires - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    New Orleans Ol’ Hickories in an homage to Andrew Jackson?

  11. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    New Orleans Party Animals….I’m just sayin. lol

  12. hojo20 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    NO Looters?

  13. jkrall920 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    To follow the lead of the Bobcats, perhaps they should be named after their owner Tom Benson, the New Orleans Tomcats. Or if we follow the Thunder’s lead, perhaps the New Orleans Flood. Lol!

  14. rushbacker - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    New Orleans Mormons. New Orleans Salt Flats. Take that, Utah!

  15. vols84 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Louisiana Swamp People

    New Orleans Ragin Cajuns

    Bayou Ballers

    New Orleans Storm (too soon?)

  16. bigtalljoe - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Hmmm something that is catchy and that fits the area? How about New Orleans Outlaws?

  17. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    new orleans voodoo imo

  18. halbert53 - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Gumbo. If the team is lousy, just remember the team would have the same name as the Saints’ dog mascot (at least one of whom ran away).

  19. AlohaMrHand - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    I notice he didn’t say anything about Charlotte getting the Hornets name back.Perhaps that option is viable.


  20. southpaw77 - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Hornets go back Charlotte so they can turn it around.
    New Orleans and Memphis choose new names.
    New Orleans Blues and Memphis Hound Dogs

  21. gmen4life33 - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    New Orleans Mannings
    New Orleans Jumbo Shraaamp
    New Orleans Other Saints
    New Orleans Flashers

    Any of these will due to the job

  22. hahapapa - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM classic.

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