After years of constant change, both in location and name, the New Orleans Pelicans appear to be here to stay. After starting out in Charlotte, NC then moving to New Orleans, furthermore being bought by Saints owner Tom Benson, the Pelicans have had its share of transition.
Tom Benson is a man who knows New Orleans. As owner of the Saints for nearly 30 years and a lifelong New Orleanian, he knows how deep residents’ and fans’ connect to the city is. That’s why upon purchasing the Hornets, he quickly announced he planned to change the name of the team. Benson wanted a name that was more meaningful to the city and the area.
After originally trying to take the “Jazz” nickname from the Utah Jazz, which originated in New Orleans, and failing he considered names such as “Brass” and “Krewe.” Benson finally settled on the “Pelicans”, Louisiana’s state bird, specifically the brown pelican.
So, with the help of some local connection, the Pelicans can hopefully start to turn their losing record around. Regardless of a winning record, with some fan love, maybe the Pelicans can get the same kind of Nola love as the Saints.