Tired of being involved in a team name version of musical chairs, the New Orleans Hornets wanted their own identity for their young franchise. After grabbing the first overall pick, Anthony Davis, last year, the team wanted to rebuild around him and decided it was a great time to give the franchise an image overhaul.
In comes the New Orleans Pelicans, named after a bird that is familiar in the region, but lacking a fierceness that many teams go for. Many people around the league have made fun of the name, and new All-Star acquisition, Jrue Holiday, is among them.
Pondering that question first requires the double-take that comes with the franchise’s new nickname, a Gulf Coast-centric moniker that drew some guffaws and raised eyebrows when the change from ‘Hornets’ was officially announced earlier this year.
“I mean, it’s funny, I’m not going to lie,” new point guard Jrue Holiday admitted Wednesday. “It’s funny saying it. ‘We’re the Pelicans.’ But I’ve said it about half a million times now, so I’m used to it.”
At first my reaction was the same as near everyone else’s “Pelicans...Pelicans?” (Iverson “practice” voice), but after hearing it some more, and especially since many writers have switched it to Pellies, it’s grown on me.