New owner, new name for the Hornets?

  • Andy Flint

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.


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10 Responses to New owner, new name for the Hornets?

  • Name them the New Orleans Blues…

    • This is the new sound NEW ORLEANS will make when we win the NBA championship. Our new name the NEW ORLEANS SOUND of the NBA. SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE IN – I’M IN.

  • Changing the name of an already established team is just stupid. No one really like it when the team first moved here, but we got used to it. It would be like changing what we identify the team with. If you wanted to change it, should have done it when they moved here

  • I disagree, Nick. I feel like the city of New Orleans never really identified with the name and the fact that “The Hornets” even settled in the city was almost like a chain store or restaurant coming in unwanted.

    With Tom Benson buying the team, this means the city and the struggling franchise get a new start. Benson has the pulse of the city and will do what is right. They badly need a new identity, imo. I personally like the New Orleans Gators. I always like animal names for sports teams. Plus a alligator would make for a pretty legit floor and jersey logo. Plus the gator is an obvious staple in Louisiana history.

    I also feel like the Bobcats (who have been mulling a name and logo change) should take the Hornets name back. After all,Charlotte is “The Hornets Den”.

    • What about the NEW ORLEANS SOUND of the NBA. SOUNDS LIKE TOU’RE IN -I’M IN. Let’s hear it for your NEW ORLEANS SOUND.

  • N.O. ‘tits”, in honor of all the young women at Mardi Gras.

  • new orleans is know for it s dixie bands so new orleand dixie band

  • New Orleans Brass **** will kick some a**

  • Great article. As a former CHARLOTTE HORNET’S fan, bringing the name back to Charlotte would rejuvenate a once proud fan base. The people of Charlotte have never latched on to Bob’s cats. We had a 15 year history with the Hornets & had attendance records until George Shinn screwed us, just like he did the people of New Orleans. I like the name Gators but I also like the Spirit. Lets see if the powers that be have the common sense to fix both franchise’s with a more fitting name. Jazz is perfect for that area but Utah has had the name for over 30 years now, it would be difficult for that change to happen. Hopefully the Charlotte Hornets can live again & New Orleans has plenty of great names to choose from. Good luck!


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