The New Orleans Hornets of the NBA will soon cease to exist, as new owner Tom Benson has announced that the New Orleans NBA franchise will be known as the Pelicans beginning in the 2013-2014 NBA season. David Stern and the rest of the league must still approve the name change, but the commissioner has already stated that he would not object to any nickname selected by Benson and his organization.
That means that the NBA could be without the Hornets nickname for the first time since the 1988-1989 season. That is when they were introduced in to the NBA in Charlotte. Back in the days of Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning and Mugsy Bogues. Younger NBA fans may not have known that the Hornets were originally based in Charlotte before relocating to New Orleans in 2002. This team was also relocated to Oklahoma City briefly following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, but will now be in the Big Easy for the long haul following the sale of the team by the league to Benson, who also owns the New Orleans Saints of the NFL.
Of course, this does nothing to solve all of the nickname and mascot issues of the NBA. Not even close.