The New Orleans Hornets are planning on changing their nickname to The Pelicans starting in the 2013-2014 season.
There are some people out there who are not happy about this, at all. Apparently pelicans aren’t tough/scary/intimidating enough. The name is just to lame for these folks.
Let’s take a look at the toughest/coolest NBA nicknames in the league with incredibly simple analysis on each name.
The Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder without lightning is just a noise that scares young children.
The Denver Nuggets
It’s a golden fruity pebble.
The Orlando Magic
Scary scenario: Someone comes up to you and says “Hey! I do Magic!”
San Antonio Spurs
Look at those rounded edges on the silly wheel that you wear on the back of your cowboy boots.
The Philadelphia 76ers
Are you shaking? Their team is named after a year in history.
The Miami Heat
Uncomfortable climate. When I think of heat I think of swimming pools.
The Brooklyn Nets
It’s a net. That’s what their name is. You catch butterflies in nets.
I repeat — IT’S A NET.
So in conclusion: Pelicans are not scary enough.