NBA Season 2012-13. Draft and off-season 2013.

But the Wizards beat the Heat. Surely they're a championship contender now?

Sorry New Orleans............

I understand it's the state bird and all, but is anyone fired up to root for the Pelicans?

*Edit*
Any players fired up to play for the Pelicans?

Why does the NBA have the worst names among the big 4 NA sports? At least the MLB can point to historical weirdness for some of their names.

Seems to be a thing that you need a logo redesign every 4 years or so so you can sell a whole new bunch of apparel. But changing the whole nickname?

To the Pelicans?

I had heard that Charlotte wants to be the Hornets again. I still think the New Orleans team should be the Jazz again. Not sure what I would change Utah to, I just don't associate Utah with anything but Mormons.

Stele wrote:

Seems to be a thing that you need a logo redesign every 4 years or so so you can sell a whole new bunch of apparel. But changing the whole nickname?

To the Pelicans? :?

Stele wrote:

Seems to be a thing that you need a logo redesign every 4 years or so so you can sell a whole new bunch of apparel. But changing the whole nickname?

To the Pelicans? :?

I think they're changing it to free up the "Hornets" name to go back to Charlotte. If it means bringing the Pelicans into the league, I'd rather they leave it be.

Utah could be the Saints (Latter Day)?

fangblackbone wrote:

Utah could be the Saints (Latter Day)?

That would be incredible.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Not sure what I would change Utah to, I just don't associate Utah with anything but Mormons.

It's the beehive state so they can be the Bees. Their entrance video can be this:

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I like Pelicans. It ends in a plural, which is a positive (see crappy team names like Heat and Thunder). It represents something unique about the region. It cuts ties with the franchise they took from another city. What's not to like?

carrotpanic wrote:

I like Pelicans. It ends in a plural, which is a positive (see crappy team names like Heat and Thunder). It represents something unique about the region. It cuts ties with the franchise they took from another city. What's not to like?

I actually prefer team names that don't end in 's'. Jazz and Thunder are plural already. I'm no wordsmith but I believe Heat is also plural. Hockey has the Wild, Lightning, and Avalanche.

If I'm picking a sea-bird for a team name it's the New Orleans Albatross. Geographic accuracy be damned.

Imagine the amazing acronyms they could make for national TV. Or the puns the reporters could use. The Pelicans is a gold mine.

S0LIDARITY wrote:
carrotpanic wrote:

I like Pelicans. It ends in a plural, which is a positive (see crappy team names like Heat and Thunder). It represents something unique about the region. It cuts ties with the franchise they took from another city. What's not to like?

I actually prefer team names that don't end in 's'. Jazz and Thunder are plural already. I'm no wordsmith but I believe Heat is also plural. Hockey has the Wild, Lightning, and Avalanche.

If I'm picking a sea-bird for a team name it's the New Orleans Albatross. Geographic accuracy be damned.

Yeah, I think those names are all awful 90's and newer styled marketing "hip" names that don't stand the test of time in my eyes (yes I know the Jazz are from prior to that). Edgy marketing dreck. Whatever floats your boat, though.

Some ESPN article wrote:

Yahoo! Sports, citing numerous sources, reports the team also considered Krewe and Brass as potential nicknames.

Pelicans seems like a great name now.

While Pelicans isn't my favorite nickname, I like that Tom Benson is trying to "reboot" the team, endear it to the local community, and make it feel like less of a transplant. If a nickname with some history does that, then I'm all for it.

I'm not so sure why Charlotte is so eager to get the Hornets name back. I mean, I understand why they want to jettison Bobcats, but it's not like the Hornets had a storied legacy in Charlotte before they moved. They were only there for 14 years.

B Dog wrote:

While Pelicans isn't my favorite nickname, I like that Tom Benson is trying to "reboot" the team, endear it to the local community, and make it feel like less of a transplant. If a nickname with some history does that, then I'm all for it.

I'm not so sure why Charlotte is so eager to get the Hornets name back. I mean, I understand why they want to jettison Bobcats, but it's not like the Hornets had a storied legacy in Charlotte before they moved. They were only there for 14 years.

Probably because they drew fans while they were the Hornets and not so much now Any kind of hope might help.

B Dog wrote:

I'm not so sure why Charlotte is so eager to get the Hornets name back. I mean, I understand why they want to jettison Bobcats, but it's not like the Hornets had a storied legacy in Charlotte before they moved. They were only there for 14 years.

They should be the Charlotte Grandmama's.

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See, I always think of Larry Johnson as a New York Knick.

B Dog wrote:

See, I always think of Larry Johnson as a New York Knick. ;)

That bullsh*t 4-point play against the Pacers... I'm still mad.

Did somebody say 4-point play?

Counterpoint:

Kush15 wrote:
Stele wrote:

Seems to be a thing that you need a logo redesign every 4 years or so so you can sell a whole new bunch of apparel. But changing the whole nickname?

To the Pelicans? :?

I think they're changing it to free up the "Hornets" name to go back to Charlotte. If it means bringing the Pelicans into the league, I'd rather they leave it be.

To clear up the reason, Tom Benson (new owner, Saints owner) doesn't like the name Hornets.

Happy Holidays from the Timberwolves!

If that still-frame doesn't give it away, watch it. So dumb!

Nikola Pechovik is fantastic! For all of the 1/4 of a second he's on the screen.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Counterpoint:

Still should have a called a foul on that push in the back...

I knew someone was going to mention that. I always thought it was a good no-call, incidental contact.

Oh, NBA-related weird videos? Those are my favorite kind!

I'm noticing a trend here.

Well congrats to Kobe. That's a hell of a small club, 30k points.

Stele wrote:

Well congrats to Kobe. That's a hell of a small club, 30k points.

As much as I can't stand the guy.. you have to be impressed with that achievement. Especially how much better he got in the league over time.. clearly he was/is driven to be the best and I have to respect that..