New Orleans Pelicans Logo Revealed
It’s officially the greatest day in the history of long-billed birds. The New Orleans Pelicans officially came into being today, with a press release, photo gallery through the NBA, and the unveiling of the team’s new logo.
The new logo features a fearsome oncoming pelican, doing something we can only assume is downright frightening to a basketball. Its red eyes glare at you, as if to say, “Yeah, we heard the New Orleans Hornets finished 14th in the Western Conference this year. That’s why we pecked them to death.”
Undoubtedly the coolest new incarnation of the Pelicans logo set is the “Bird-de-Lis”, which features a pelican embedded into a fleur-de-lis, with its downward-pointed bill as part of the symbol itself. (Thanks to Hornets247.com for the very cool Bird-de-Lis image – check out their full coverage of the press conference.)
Why the Pelicans?
The brown pelican was chosen in particular due to its hunting prowess, speed and loyalty. It is also the state bird of Louisiana, thus making it a more relevant selection to the Crescent City than the Hornets.
The team’s official colors, in order, are blue (to signify Louisiana’s flag), gold (indicative of New Orleans), and red (signifies fraternity). The team’s press release also states that gold “represents the championships we intend to win”. Baby steps, Pelicans. You need to waddle before you can fly.
If you love the new look, the Pelicans have official gear for sale online at the Hornet’s Nest (which we presume will have to change its name eventually). If you hate the new look – well, you can always root for a team that won more games in 2012-13. There’s 25 of them.
So are you a Pelicans lover or a Pelicans hater? The debate officially rages in and out of New Orleans. We’d love to know what you think!
- Hornets officially change name to New Orleans Pelicans, launch new website (nba.si.com)
- Fans cheer on new era during last home game as the Hornets (wwltv.com)