The New Orleans Hornets will reportedly become the New Orleans Pelicans next season, further illustrating just how committed new owner Tom Benson is to giving the team a new identity.
While not the best choice of nickname, other teams should take note. After all, the Hornets are not the only team in need of a name change.
Look at it this way: A team's nickname should not only be somewhat intimidating, but also have something to do with the local culture, if at all possible.
For example, Detroit is the Motor City, and thus, their basketball team has been given the Pistons moniker. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776, giving us the 76ers.
Pelican technically makes sense for New Orleans since Louisiana is "The Pelican State," but isn't a pelican a little too goofy to be a mascot?
The Hornets and several other NBA teams are due for a name change—the sooner the better.