• Hornet free: New Orleans officially the Pelicans

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Apr 18, 2013
    This offseason is going to be a special time for the Pelicans." What's in a name? The New Orleans Pelicans hope it's a new era of winning, starting with the NBA draft lottery on May 21. "We have been looking forward to this day since we announced the Pelicans as the new name," owner Tom Benson said in a statement. Now, as the Pelicans era begins, the club might not be much more than another fruitful pick in the NBA's next draft lottery and a couple good free-agent signings away from becoming the type of team that no longer falls apart at the end of close games, as the Hornets did often this season, losing 15 games in which they led in the fourth quarter. "The pelican represents New Orleans, just like the Saints. They have incredible resolve. His numerous highlight-reel dunks and blocks, along with his solid mid-range jumper and instinctive defensive play, left little doubt about his potential to become an elite frontcourt player.
    Sources: ESPN.com nba.com

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