The Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans. Charlotte later got a new team that was called the Bobcats. Both owners have moved on and the new owners are in the mood to re-brand.
The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season, numerous sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14. Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans.
Some fans of the Charlotte Bobcats are hoping to get their old Hornets nickname back. The Hornets began playing in Charlotte in 1988. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan told The Charlotte Observer he would consider changing it back to Hornets if the name was available.
I think the Pelicans sounds a little silly at first, but the more I think about it, the more I like it in a quirky sort of way. Hope the Hornets name returns to Charlotte. I guess this ends my long standing dream to send the Jazz name back to New Orleans where it belongs. Also, I hear there are no lakes in Los Angeles, but whatever.