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As crazy as the Lakers' season is, it's not as ridiculous as the potential nickname changes for the New Orleans Hornets.
Per Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune:
"When teams may be looking at a possible name change, it is standard practice for the NBA league office to file trademark applications on the team's behalf," Bass said Wednesday evening. "We filed trademark applications for multiple possible team names for the New Orleans franchise."
The league's attorney in charge of intellectual property, Anil V. George, filed trademark paperwork regarding five possible nicknames: Pelicans, Rougarou, Mosquitos, Swamp Dogs and Bullsharks.
Of course, the franchise went with the most sensible of those names, picking the Louisiana state bird and most accessible mascot in the Pelicans.
That said, just think of what made the final cut as alternatives.
The bullshark is one of the lesser-known species of shark native to the Gulf of Mexico, while swamp dog is a nickname for alligators that is specific to the region. Rougarou would have been the least comprehensible name, drawing inspiration from a French-American iteration of the werewolf.
And then there's the mosquito. Someone almost named an NBA team the Mosquitos. There is nothing left to say.