Now that Tom Benson owns his second New Orleans based team (the Saints and Hornets) he intends to change the Hornets name to something more relevant to the city of New Orleans.
“We need to find a name like (Jazz),” Benson said, referring to New Orleans first NBA team that relocated to Salt Lake City in 1979. “Whether we can get that or let us use that, you’ve got to know we’re working on it. We’d like to change it tomorrow. We have not gotten that approved, but we’re not letting up on it, either. Because we’ve got a good relationship with the commissioner and his people and we’re going to be on them daily to do something.”
I seriously doubt that Benson will convince the great state of Utah to just give them their name back after 30+ years in Salt Lake City. The Jazz spent 5 seasons in New Orleans before making their initial move to Utah, and have very deep roots in the NBA.
However, I do agree that the Hornets need a new name, which will ultimately give them a new logo. This would be an amazing opportunity for Michael Jordan and company to do their fans a solid and change the Bobcats awful name back to the Hornets. That name still means a lot to the people of Charlotte and they’d welcome it back with open arms.