Plenty have reports have now surface indicating that the New Orleans Hornets will become the New Orleans Pelicans as early as next season.
As such, plenty of questions have risen about the name change. The most important question of all though centers on the Charlotte Bobcats, and whether or not they’ll jump at the chance to snatch up the Hornets name now certain to be ditched by New Orleans next year.
Since the NBA technically owns the rights to the name (the league did own the Hornets for a while), league officials have said that would make it easier for the Bobcats to switch names in a timely manner, and Michael Jordan has said he’s open to bringing the name back.
The most vocal proponents of a name change back to the Hornets is the group Bring Back the Buzz, which has a petition that’s already garnered over 7,000 signatures of folks who want Hugo (the Hornets mascot) back in the Queen City.
So how likely is a name change?
Well, the Charlotte Observer, and ESPN ran articles not too long ago that indicated a willingness to take the name back if it came up.
Personally, I think the Bobcats are well on their way to some sort of name change. Removing the “Bob” from their jerseys and switching up their color scheme this year, in my eyes, was just the beginning. The team needs a total re-branding (not to mention a successful season) to fully rid itself of the stench that was the worst NBA season ever last year.
I also think that name change will involve bringing the Hornets likeness back to Charlotte.