New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - New Orleans has officially become the
The name change from Hornets, announced back in January, became effective
after the conclusion of the 2012-13 regular season.
"We have been looking forward to this day since we announced the Pelicans as
the new name," said owner Tom Benson in a statement Thursday. "The Pelican is
a symbol for our city and region and we're excited to start a new era in
Louisiana basketball history. This offseason is going to be a special time for
The first official business as the Pelicans will come on May 21 when the team
participates in the draft lottery after completing a 27-55 season.
After relocating from Charlotte for the start of the 2002-03 season, the team
kept the Hornets nickname. New Orleans had previously been the home to the
Jazz from 1974-79 until the franchise left for Salt Lake City and kept the
The colors for the Pelicans are blue, gold and red. The primary color of blue
is taken from Louisiana's state flag. The Pelicans and NFL's Saints, also
owned by Benson, share the color gold, uniting the organizations. Red
represents fraternity and is indicative of the blood provision of the mother
pelican and the vibrant color underneath the pelican's throat. All three
colors are found on the flag of the City of New Orleans.
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