The rebranding of the New Orleans Hornets to the New Orleans Pelicans has become a debate.
Across the board, people wondered why the project was a thing in the first place. The city had adopted the Hornets as they were, but a new era seemingly made it right.
Still dubious on the necessity of changing Hornets name/colors in the first place. But solid execution.— Evan Dunlap (@BQRMagic) January 24, 2013
At The Hive's Brian Ball looked past any opinion on the change regarding the aesthetics of it all. Overall, he writes that it's the final ushering in of the new. Ownership and managerial changes have gone with the product on the court as well. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon are in and Chris Paul is long gone, though, that doesn't mean the former Hornets point guard isn't expressing his opinion on the whole deal.
Pelicans??? #ImNotRollin— Chris Paul (@CP3) January 24, 2013
Now, here is where the debate breaks off. Regardless of what any one person's understanding of a pelican might be, the logo could perhaps take some heat. That's fair to criticize.
Nothing phallic about the new Pelicans' symbol. Nothing phallic at all nba.com/hornets/introd…— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) January 24, 2013
The New Orleans Pelicans logo looks less like an NBA franchise makeover and more like a new Batman villain. "Beware the PELICAN!'— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) January 24, 2013
I like the Pelicans name and really dislike the logo. Rote toughness stinks!— Eric Freeman (@freemaneric) January 24, 2013
That looks more like a Resident Evil kind of Pelican with the red, evil, blood-thirsty eyes bit.ly/V0bocs— NBA Trades (@nba_trades) January 24, 2013
Not everyone is being a hater, however. While the pelican is perhaps too intense, it's hard to argue that melding the bird with the Crescent City and NOLA nicknames, then with the fleur-de-lis symbol, isn't a pretty cool way to tie the team together with a city rich in culture.
I dig the name Pelicans and I dig the logos. Fight me.— Conrad Kaczmarek (@conradkaczmarek) January 24, 2013
Kind of into the "Bird de Lis."— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) January 24, 2013
I like the Pelicans' colors just fine, but I do wish that more cities adopted universal color schemes between sports. (cc: @therealgraydon)— Rob Mahoney (@RobMahoney) January 24, 2013
In the end, the Pelicans have arrived. They're here to stay, and with that, we can assure you that there will be a good bit of pun-making and pelican humor in the near future.
After an Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez swat, "Birds of a feather block together."— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) January 24, 2013
i'm tired of seeing so much anti-pelican agenda on here shame on y'all— Ben Swanson (@CardboardGerald) January 24, 2013
sweet jesus this is out of hand. RT @ericgardnermd: I just bought my Pelicans snap-back from City Gear. I hate it, the bill is enormous.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 24, 2013
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