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So the Pelicans came up short in their season opener, but what’s really got people talking today is the new pelican mascot.

Maybe he’s just in the Halloween spirit, but Pierre the Pelican is sure giving people nightmares!

The Louisiana state bird is drawing some less than favorable comparisons, even Photoshopped into a few scenes from some of our favorite movies. He’s even featured in a Twitter account (@Pierre_Pelican … which we’re pretty sure is NOT his official Twitter account, but it sure is funny!).

So, love it or hate it? Join the discussion on our Facebook page:

As the Pelicans get ready tip off in their home opener, WGNO’s Jeff Womack decided to find out a little bit more about real pelicans and get some fan feedback on the basketball team’s change.

Monday evening, the New Orleans Pelicans hosted a preseason pep rally for fans at Manning’s on Fulton Street.

Players Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, Anthony Morrow, and Austin Rivers were set to appear along with the team’s dance team.

Fans showed up expressing their excitement about Wednesday’s regular season opener at the New Orleans Arena.

But before then, along with all the fun and festivities, there is some unfinished business.  The Pelicans still do not have a name for the team’s mascot.

The list is down to two, Pete and Pierre.

Fans are encouraged to vote to name the mascot at nba.com/pelicans/nameourmascot.

The mascot and its name will be revealed during Wednesday’s game.

 

The New Orleans Pelicans are asking for your help to name the team’s new mascot.

The list is down to five finalists:

1) Jacque

2) Pete

3) Pierre

4) Parrish

5) Seymour

The new mascot, and it’s name, will be revealed on opening night, Wednesday, October 30th.

Go online to http://www.nba.com/pelicans/nameourmascot

New Orleans resident Justin Lamb decided to make the New Orleans Pelicans the focus of his entry for the 2013 Texas Grand Slam, a poetry contest held each year in Bryan, Texas.

Thanks Justin … and congratulations! He won 3rd place for this work of art:

NOTE: Justin uses some language that might not be appropriate for children.

 

Since the then-Hornets arrived in New Orleans, the team’s practice facility has been a bit of an issue.

First there was talk of building a facility in New Orleans East, then in the CBD, then the team settled in at the Alario Center.

Team owner Tom Benson and his granddaughter Rita Benson Leblanc told reporters Tuesday afternoon that building a championship team meant building a top-notch practice facility.

It would be hard to imagine any other team’s facility could be better than the one revealed Tuesday.

According to Pelicans execs, the team spent $15 million on the new practice facility.  It has a fingerprint scanner at the door to give players 24 hour access as well as a barber chair in the team’s locker room.

To take a tour, watch the story above.

 

Catching a basketball game at the New Orleans Arena will be a whole new experience, now that the Pelicans unveiled what their home court will look like for the upcoming season.

You can see the new Pelicans logo with the navy, gold, red and white colors. Some Hornets fans are still unhappy with the new rebranding change.

Check out the virtual tour of the New Orleans Arena here: http://www.nba.com/pelicans/court-splash

Starting next season The Hornets will be no more, at least in name.

“First thing I gotta show is my new hat,” says owner Tom Benson at the grand unveiling of the new Pelican logo and team colors.

The colors are red, gold and blue.

Benson says the change from Hornets to Pelicans speaks to the culture and resolve of the gulf coast, “There`s a great future ahead of us not only do I think that I know it. Coaches and players were all very excited about it.”

The team will remain the Hornets for the rest of this season and will become the Pelicans after the season.

There is one primary Pelican logo and five secondary logos.

New uniforms will be unveiled this summer.

Team president Dennis Lauscha says hundreds of new team names were debated, “Over and over one name continued to come to the top and that name was the Pelicans.”

pelicansThe Pelicans will replace the Hornets as New Orleans’ NBA team beginning as soon as the 2012-2013 season has ended, the organization announced Thursday.

More details available in a news release from the organization below:

New Orleans Hornets Owner Tom Benson announced today that at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the name of the team will become the New Orleans Pelicans. A name that will represent the culture and resolve of the Gulf Coast region while also symbolizing Louisiana’s most pressing initiative of coastal restoration and wildlife conservation. Benson introduced the team’s new logos, as well as color scheme, during the announcement.

The team will use and remain under the name New Orleans Hornets until the end of the 2012-13 season.

The team’s cornerstone community platforms will focus on two initiatives critical to the future success and prosperity of the Gulf South Region; the health and sustainability of our coastal wetlands and the health and fitness of our region’s children. The message of a healthy habitat, in which the Pelican thrives, will provide the centerpiece for a program of healthy living, exercise and education to that of protecting, saving and restoring our coastal wetlands and wildlife. The Pelican will serve as that symbol.

Perseverance and renewal have been hallmarks of our community’s resurgence and the Pelican’s remarkable recovery closely matches that of the Gulf South Region. The Pelicans will be more than a namesake for the franchise, as New Orleans, the State of Louisiana and the Gulf South have a rich history connected to the name. Represented on Louisiana’s state flag and seal, the Pelican has been the state bird for over a century. The Pelican symbolizes the determination to not only survive, but thrive even when the odds are stacked against them as our region has demonstrated over and over.

“When we purchased the basketball team, it was a priority to change the name to reflect our culture, our community and our resolve. The Pelican does that,” said Owner Tom Benson. “Our region has been hard hit in recent years and the one thing that stands out is the resiliency and determination to comeback, to fight and overcome. The Pelican symbolizes that. The synergy of this name, this bird and the future of our state and region are intertwined and in three, five, ten years from now, it will be not only be a name of a sports franchise but it will also be the face of the continued recovery of our region. We will promote healthy habitats, not only for our youth but for our community, our coast and our wildlife. The Pelican name will do that. It is more than a name. It represents our way of life.”

The Pelicans’ colors will be blue, gold and red. The team’s primary color, blue, is taken from Louisiana’s state flag. The Pelicans and Saints will share the color gold, uniting the organizations, while celebrating the spirited life of New Orleans and its many celebrations (gold is also a commonly found color on the “crown” of the pelican). Red represents fraternity and is indicative of the blood provision of the mother pelican and the vibrant color underneath the pelican’s throat. All three colors are found on the City of New Orleans flag.

“Establishing the New Orleans Pelicans is a process of building a basketball legacy for our community that entwines our team image with the best qualities of our community,” said Hornets Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. “The Pelican is not only the state bird of Louisiana, but it is also representative of teamwork, the positive synergy of group dynamics and, as we’ve experienced recently here on the Gulf Coast region, regeneration. The strength, resiliency and loyalty of a Pelican are the core values our fans and team can be proud of. This identity change was an investment we had to commit to, in order to provide a fresh beginning for our fans. Forging a new and bright future for the Pelicans will bring awareness to the best of New Orleans, the Gulf South, and provide our fans with a team that they can identify as their own.”

Details regarding the uniform will be relayed in the coming months. A limited supply of Pelican merchandise will be available exclusively in the team store at the New Orleans Arena beginning on Thursday, Jan. 24 and online at the Hornets team store (www.hornetsnestonline.com).

More information about the Pelicans’ logos and brand can be found at www.pelicansnba.com.

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