When the regular season came to a close, the city of New Orleans bid adieu to the "Hornets" moniker and prepared to embrace a nickname for its professional basketball franchise. Starting next season, the team will take the court as the Pelicans.
During a quarter of a century run that spanned three cities, the Hornets managed to peak just below the NBA's elite. The team earned its only division title in 2008 and made the playoffs 12 times in 25 years.
Young stars came and went throughout the franchise's history. Most of them managed to make bigger names for themselves with other teams. From Larry Johnson to Alonzo Mourning to Glen Rice to Baron Davis to Chris Paul, the Hornets franchise became a revolving door for young talent.
The main person to blame for the constant roster shuffling was former owner George Shinn. Shinn was notorious for being frugal, which was evident in his decision to deal away talent for less than market value in an effort to save a few pennies.
This year, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson took over the franchise and brought an end to an old regime that hamstrung the team's potential. Benson's arrival led to the changing of the team's nickname from Hornets to Pelicans, which happens to be the Louisiana state bird.
Today, we will take a look back at the history of the team formerly known as the Hornets. We will pay our respects to 25-year journey filled with promise and missed opportunities.
As a new chapter in the Big Easy is set to begin, let's close the last chapter by reminiscing on the logos, jerseys and style that made the Hornets so noteworthy.