It is, by now, established that if and when the New Orleans Hornets change their name to the Pelicans, they'll have one of the best mascots in the league. Feisty, local, unique—its got everything you'd want in a mascot, and the Pelicans will rocket to the top of the standings based on their team name alone. New Orleans management, however, doesn't appear to be entirely settled on the proposal. Whether precautionary or because the response to the Pelicans rollout didn't please them, they've trademarked a few other names to toss around before the change. From Behind the Buck Pass:
Deadspin · Isaac Rauch
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