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Steve Geller

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What should the new name be for the Hornets?

When the NBA announced the sale of the Hornets to Tom Benson, he made it clear that one of the first things on his agenda is finding a fitting new name for his basketball team.

"I would like all you to help me with this. We want to change the name from Hornets to something that means New Orleans and Louisiana. The Hornets don't mean anything."


Benson knows one way to endear this club to the region is to find a name that means something to the people in this state.  

The first names I started to think about were all animals/creatures.

The New Orleans Gators:  Seems like a pretty obvious choice to me.  I can see one of two logos...  An alligator dribbling a basketball OR one with its mouth wide open and the ball inside of it.

The New Orleans King Snakes / Serpents:  Not sure if either name really rolls of the tongue (haha) but there are countless amounts of cool and intimidating logos you could come up with.

The New Orleans Werewolves:  I grew up in New Jersey, and my favorite franchise name of all time is in the NHL.  The New Jersey Devils got their moniker from the legend of a creature that lives in the Pine Barrens of Southern NJ.  I even remember being asked to draw a picture of what I thought the Jersey Devil looked like as a kid in school.  Imagine kids drawing a devil as a project for class!?!  That would NEVER happen in our politically correct, uptight, no fun, society nowadays.

Anyway…I asked around about any local legends and was told about the “loup-garou” which is French for werewolf.  Pretty cool, the only issue is that Minnesota has the Timberwolves already.

The New Orleans Swamp Monsters:  Once again I'm not sure if the name really rolls of the tongue; I just know an awesome logo could be created.

OK, let's move on to a different genre before I get completely delusional.

Some other names I thought of…

The New Orleans Knights

The New Orleans Marauders

The New Orleans Nightmare

All right, it's your turn.  Chime in below with some of your suggestions. 

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04/17/2012 12:12PM
04/17/2012 12:13PM
New Name
BREEZE not snakes (sounds slimey). Also not sinners. Spirit and angels also good.
04/17/2012 12:14PM
Brass Band at every game!!!
04/17/2012 12:14PM
The New Orleans Tribe
04/17/2012 12:16PM
The Gamblers
04/17/2012 12:17PM
Just Me
I thought of Tomcats after the owner and the cheerleaders could be the kittens or kitty cats
04/17/2012 12:17PM
New Name
04/17/2012 12:19PM
The New Orleans Soul
The soul of the city,
04/17/2012 12:28PM
The New Orleans
04/17/2012 12:30PM
Lucky Doggs
What else and why not..??? all kind of marketing ideas can spring from this.
04/17/2012 12:39PM
Keep it similar to the Saints
Colors should be black and gold and a fleur de lis somewhere on the uniform. Maybe call them the Coastal Cajuns or the Crescent City Sound
04/17/2012 12:40PM
It's Luck Dogg again
I can hear the arena now...... “ WHO DAT LET DOSE DOGGS OUT, WHO DAT..??”
04/17/2012 12:40PM
The New Orleans Prophets
Its the saints and the prophets
04/17/2012 12:41PM
04/17/2012 12:41PM
The new name for New Orleans Hornets
The new name for New Orleans Hornets should be theNew Orleans Creoles.
04/17/2012 12:43PM
Second Line
Very New Orleans! (:
04/17/2012 12:44PM
Name change
The New Orleans Krewesaders.
04/17/2012 12:53PM
Louisiana Link in Sacto
The New Orleans Magnolias being named after our state flower
04/17/2012 12:56PM
New Orleans Jesters - Jordy Thibodaux LA
04/17/2012 12:58PM
New Orleans Hurricanes
04/17/2012 1:03PM
The New Orleans Kingfish
What is more Louisiana than that?
04/17/2012 1:08PM
New Orleans BBall Team Name
the New Orleans Raging Cajuns the Crescent City Cajuns the New Orleans Cajuns The New Orleans Boilers Crescent City Boilers
04/17/2012 1:08PM
no connection to a specific image or animal; marketing can go any where it wants; fans can be KREWE Members; lots of positives
04/17/2012 1:11PM
The New Orleans GATORS!!!
04/17/2012 1:11PM
The "Spirit"
It reflects the attitude and determination of the city.
04/17/2012 1:16PM
Hornets new name
New Orleans Revelers, Mardi Gras Revelers, Louisiana Revelers, The cheerleaders to be called The Reveletts by Howard Trahan
04/17/2012 1:16PM
New Name for the Hornets
The New Orleans Pride and the Honey Bees can be renamed to New Orleans Pride and Joy.
04/17/2012 1:19PM
Name change
New Orleans Gumbeaux
04/17/2012 1:20PM
The New Orleans Pelicans
04/17/2012 1:27PM
New Name for Hornets
New Orleans Sinners
04/17/2012 1:29PM
name suggestion
The New Orleans Spirits -
04/17/2012 1:30PM
Nawlings Nomads
04/17/2012 1:31PM
Hornets name
Mardi Gras Ball. by Howard Trahan
04/17/2012 1:34PM
With a connection to the Saints, how 'bout the Crusaders?
04/17/2012 1:35PM
hornets name
new orleans whiners
04/17/2012 1:35PM
New Orleans hornets new name
I think they should be named the Revelers to. Jonathan Roy. Pascagoula, MS
04/17/2012 1:37PM
New Orleans Buccaneers, New Orleans Sound, New Orleans Survivors, New Orleans Gators
04/17/2012 1:37PM
04/17/2012 1:39PM
ok fine,you don't like the Crusaders,well how'bout the Challengers?
04/17/2012 1:45PM
New Name
04/17/2012 1:52PM
how about the termites-- impossibe to eliminate
04/17/2012 2:01PM
New Name
Sinners, that way we'd have the Saints & the Sinners!
04/17/2012 2:01PM
brass, with black and gold colors
04/17/2012 2:09PM
04/17/2012 2:16PM
New Name
New Orleans JESTERS !!
04/17/2012 2:21PM
The New Orleans Sportsmen
Where do they play? The Paradise Arena! New Orleans and surrounding area is truly a "Sportsmen's Paradise" This name is appropriate and certainly not offensive. Actually, it is even somewhat noble.
04/17/2012 2:25PM
CBR girls
New Orleans SPICE
04/17/2012 2:25PM
New Name
The New Orleans Surge
04/17/2012 2:44PM
new name
the "New Orleans Renaissance". It is french for rebirth.
04/17/2012 2:47PM
The New Orleans Guardians
04/17/2012 2:54PM
The New Orleans Zydeeco's
04/17/2012 2:54PM
new name
New Orleans Saints! Saints Basketball Saints Football Saints Baseball And if a team leaves the city, the name HAS to stay!!!
04/17/2012 2:58PM
new name
The Cajons!
04/17/2012 3:02PM
The New Orleans Rhythm
04/17/2012 3:04PM
The Catahoulas (after the State Dog).
04/17/2012 3:09PM
New namw
New Orleans Jazz
04/17/2012 3:12PM
the New Orleans Gatorade
04/17/2012 3:16PM
new name
Mudd Bugg's
04/17/2012 3:16PM
The New Orleans Rougarou
In the Cajun legends, the creature is said to prowl the swamps around Acadiana and Greater New Orleans, and possibly the fields or forests of the regions. The rougarou most often is described as a creature with a human body and the head of a wolf or dog,similar to the werewolf legend
04/17/2012 3:18PM
New Orleans Cajuns!!!
Its the best....
04/17/2012 3:19PM
A name for consideration would be the "New Orleans Crecents" with the traditional Mardi Gras colors.
04/17/2012 3:21PM
The New Orleans Blues
04/17/2012 3:21PM
New Orleans Crime or New Orleans Bounties.
04/17/2012 3:23PM
Leave the name change the color - Black & Gold
04/17/2012 3:26PM
Saints Basketball
04/17/2012 3:28PM
The best new name
New Orleans Swamp Pirates, after Jean Lafitte and his gang
04/17/2012 3:33PM
Like the Swamp Pirates, lots of good marketing with that. Alternative might be the New Orleans MOJO.
04/17/2012 3:34PM
New Orleans Bounty
Name the team the New Orleans Bounty
04/17/2012 3:36PM
Bayou Who Dat Natio Pres.
Crecent City Connection
04/17/2012 3:37PM
04/17/2012 3:54PM
New Orleans Mardi Gras Mambos
New Orleans Mardi Gras Mambos
04/17/2012 3:54PM
New Orleans Sportsmen
Because Louisiana is the Sportsman's Paradise
04/17/2012 3:56PM
what about...
New Orleans Anglers
04/17/2012 3:58PM
New Orleans
New Orleans Doubloons( Mardi Gras )
04/17/2012 3:58PM
04/17/2012 3:59PM
New Orleans
04/17/2012 4:02PM
New Orleans
New Orleans Oysters
04/17/2012 4:02PM
using some of the voodoo ideas
New Orleans Reapers
04/17/2012 4:03PM
New Orleans Mardi Gras Mambos
New Orleans Swampers
04/17/2012 4:04PM
Rename the Hornets
The roueux ga roueuxs
04/17/2012 4:05PM
New Name
The New Orleans Cajuns !
04/17/2012 4:06PM
New Orleans
New Orleans Hot Sauce
04/17/2012 4:06PM
new team name
crescent city crusaders, crescent city gamblers, crescent city stormers,new orleans or crescent city bandits, bayou bruisers, gravediggers, warmongers have plenty more to list from renegade
04/17/2012 4:10PM
Like that one
Yeah, Swamp Pirates. Jean Lafitte's pirates hid and lived in the Louisiana swamps. Great for a mascot, and imagine the logo with a badass Pirate with Cypress trees and moss hanging down behind him.
04/17/2012 4:18PM
New Orleans
The Lagniappes or New Orleans Gumbo
04/17/2012 4:19PM
new name
The masquerades
04/17/2012 4:21PM
keep it simple
New Orleans Who Dats but i like the ideals of the Soul,Surge,Spirits and the Spice
04/17/2012 4:37PM
New Orleans
New Orleans Buccaneers. This was the nickname of the old ABA nola team.
04/17/2012 4:37PM
New Orleans GRIS GRIS! Put da GRIS GRIS on em'! Mascot a snake with red eyes. Colors- black, green and silver. Fans could wave a Gris Gris bag instead of pom-pom. Still uniquely Nola themed and no one has to share borrow or steal another team name.Brandi Collins
04/17/2012 4:42PM
new name
reclaim the voodoo name from football team & use it on nba team
04/17/2012 4:53PM
New Orleans BLUES
The New Orleans BLUES
04/17/2012 5:02PM
Bloody Mary
The New Orleans Tampons....They are only good for one period and don't have a second string.
04/17/2012 5:06PM
new name for the new orleans hornets
name them the new orleans hurricanes -john jmontouri83@gmail.com
04/17/2012 5:11PM
New Orleans Roux
Roux Dat!
04/17/2012 5:39PM
New Orleans Rhythm
Dat's it
04/17/2012 6:10PM
The New Orleans Gumbo
Like New Orleans...a little of this and a little of that!!
04/17/2012 6:12PM
No Change
No need to change the name. We've had it for over a decade in new Orleans. The Lakers and Jazz don't get name changes when they moved, those cities just wanted a team, just like us. Their OUR Hornets. But if your set on it. Krewe, Blues, or Gators are good. Crawfish, Soul, and Bounce are horrible. I'm In!
04/17/2012 6:14PM
I'm fully behind a rebrand of the old ABA team! Red, Navy, and White or stay with Mardi Gras colors. New Orleans Buccaneers!
04/17/2012 6:18PM
I second that
New Orleans Swamp Pirates
04/17/2012 6:21PM
New name
New Orleans Krewesaders.
04/17/2012 6:23PM
The Bayou Pirates or Bayou Gators
New colors too...
04/17/2012 6:23PM
New Orleans Hurricanes! Shows we're past Katrina and we're stronger than ever!
04/17/2012 6:33PM
New Orleans Voodoo
Buy the name from the arena football team!
04/17/2012 7:06PM
New Orleans Blues
04/17/2012 7:34PM
New Name
The New Orleans Bayou
04/17/2012 7:41PM
This came to mind because of the King of Parades and also the famous King Cakes
04/17/2012 7:43PM
Because of our bare traffic coming down river
04/17/2012 7:48PM
Skyline gleams always ready to welcome a party
04/17/2012 7:53PM
N'awlins Piranhas
Lots of fishes at the Aquarium
04/17/2012 8:19PM
New Name
Crescent City Rebounders
04/17/2012 8:38PM
How about the NEW ORLEANS BUZZ
This would satisfy those who still like the bees. It would satisfy Jazz folks because of the zzzz. It's catchy: people would say "what's the Buzz, tell me what's happening ? (from Jesus Christ Superstar) or What's up with the Buzz?" You could go in many directions for the mascot. Thoughts? Friday Night Reporter Tom Russo
04/17/2012 9:30PM
New Orleans Brass
How about New Orleans Brass New Orleans Hot Brass New Orleans Bishops New Orleans Swamp
04/17/2012 9:31PM
The New Orleans Surge
an unstopable force of nature that engulfs its opponentes in the "Marsh"
04/17/2012 10:14PM
I vote Swamp Pirates
I like the Swamp Pirates. Remember they helped save the city in the Battle of New Orleans.
04/17/2012 10:15PM
NEW Name Suggestions
New Orleans Revelers, New Orleans Mambo, or the New Orleans Gambit
04/17/2012 10:41PM
We need a mascot
A lot of people are coming up with good names that have to do with New Orleans and I love it. But we need something to do with N.O. that can also be a mascot. I vote Swamp Pirates because it's New Orleans history and would be a great mascot.
04/17/2012 10:46PM
New Hornets Name
04/17/2012 11:15PM
The New Name
04/17/2012 11:23PM
the new orleans Roux
04/18/2012 2:11AM
What we do best
04/18/2012 2:15AM
Name change
New Orleans Storm
04/18/2012 8:44AM
Swamp Gators
04/18/2012 8:48AM
Delta Blues
04/18/2012 8:52AM
The New Orleans CrawGators
The logo/mascot would be the top of a Crawfish with the claws and the mid to end would be the alligator...The logo would stand up (similar to a rattle snake)...
04/18/2012 9:07AM
New Orleans Rhythm
New Orleans RhythmPurple, Green and Gold
04/18/2012 9:22AM
Several names I like (Gumbo, Flambeaux, Moss, Crawgator and Buccaneers (Mascot could be Lefitte and the dance team the Buckettes)
04/18/2012 11:28AM
What about the New Orleans "Indians" to correspond with the Mardi Gras Indians?
04/18/2012 1:08PM
Hornets New Name
How about the Pistols after basketball great, Pistol Pete?
04/18/2012 1:56PM
Crescent City Crescents or New Orleans Crescents.
04/18/2012 3:51PM
New Orleans Sound
04/18/2012 4:01PM
New Orleans Tribe
04/18/2012 4:09PM
The Pelicans is a great name. It has local and regional flavor. No one outside of the viewing area remembers that the baseball team that hasn't been here for 50 years were the Pelicans. The Hurricanes is a great suggestion, too. Definitely a way of embracing our tragedy and turning it on its heels. Logo could be a Hurricane symbol with the Basketball in the eye and a fleur di lis in the basketball. No one outside of NOLA would even know how to pronounce Krewe. Pelicans or Hurricanes.
04/18/2012 5:04PM
New Orleans Generals
It is kind of generic but it embraces the history of the city. It would reference Jackson and Napoleon and the WWII museum. I'm also imagining some marketing done with hand grenades.
04/18/2012 5:19PM
Hornets Name Change
New Orleans Carnival. It represents a group coming together to celebrate and have fun. Definition: any merrymaking, revelry, or festival, as a program of sports or entertainment.
04/18/2012 5:49PM
New Orleans Navy Squadrons
New Orleans Revelers, after the C-130 squadron VR-54 Or New Orleans Gators, after the C-12 detachment. Gator Done!
04/18/2012 8:01PM
New Orleans Knights
I have one of your suggestions. All the flavor of New Orleans, plus a fighting spirit to win, this is sports,ie, basketball, not music, food, or a certain people, get real ppl.
04/18/2012 9:53PM
new name
New Orleans Acadians
04/19/2012 6:34AM
New Orleans Angles
Mr Benson is a Saintly Man , Now he can clain two Titles A Saint and An Angle. The Logo for the Angles a Halo with a Basket Ball in the center of the Halo J Komidor
04/19/2012 7:03AM
The Kat 5's
The Category Fives
04/19/2012 8:12AM
New Orleans GATORS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From the swamp to winnnig.
04/19/2012 11:09AM
New OrleansSwamp Cats
Cheerleaders to be called the Kittens
04/19/2012 11:12AM
new name for team
I think the New Orleans VooDoo would be mesmerizing
04/20/2012 6:26AM
New name
Sinner's!!!!! Mascot could be the Grim Reaper throwing out beads!!!!!
04/20/2012 6:28AM
I like that one.
04/20/2012 8:21AM
New Orleans Legends!!
For a legendary city.
04/20/2012 8:33AM
The New Orleans Jester's
It's perfect for everything that is New Orleans!!!!!!
04/20/2012 2:45PM
New Name
You have to have something that's marketable across the country and you can't take a name that's already taken, like Gator's or Indians. Florida And Cleavland People!!!! NO Bucs, No Pirate's, none of those will work. I have seen some good one's though, Like Reviler's, Knight's, Jester's And Sinner's,All good suggestions. One last thing Sinner's is good but the mascot should be a serpent not the Grim Reaper. Goodby Hugo, Hello Cotton!
04/20/2012 3:42PM
Hornet's new name
I love the pistol's After pistol Pete. Jesters is good too.
04/20/2012 4:31PM
our team name should be the new orleans STYLE!!!!!!!!!
I think the new name for the hornets should be the new orleans(STYLE) becuse we have that in everything we do.so i reslly like the name NEW ORLEANS STYLE what do you think people?
04/20/2012 5:12PM
New Orleans Zulu's
What's more New Orleans than that?
04/20/2012 5:34PM
NAme Game
Spirits sounds ok, but i like the new orleans ghost's better.
04/20/2012 6:31PM
Jester's Jester's Jaster's
No doubt about it, Jester's is the best choice for a new team nickname. It fit's the city and it works nationally.
04/20/2012 8:39PM
How about the Witch Doctors?
04/21/2012 6:57AM
Don't over think it people, Creoles should be the obvious choice. Louisiana Lafayette already has Cajuns So we should go with Creoles.
04/21/2012 5:14PM
Not only do the mormons blend with the new owners nfl team, it can be used as bait to get the jazz back.
04/21/2012 5:17PM
Hornet's new name
"Fat Cats" "Hoop Dats"
04/22/2012 7:15AM
New Orleans Basketball
I vote for the Sinner's! Saint's and Sinner's baby!!
04/22/2012 10:05AM
My Turn
I say Showboat's. I think it would fit the city well. I could see Reviler's to but Showboats is the best new name in my opinion.
04/22/2012 10:51AM
The New Orleans Miracle
It's a Miracle we survived Katrina. Go New Orleans!
04/22/2012 11:04AM
New Orleans Mojo
Yes we got that Mojo goin on!
04/22/2012 11:05AM
New Orleans Cottonmouths
Aggressive. Also all over the Gulf South
04/22/2012 1:58PM
Best of the bunch
Reviler's, Jester's or Krew
04/22/2012 2:35PM
NO Swamp Pirates, like that one best can also go to black and gold like the saints. New Orleans Crustations, crawfish as the mascot, clawing a basketball New Orleans Hurricanes Fab 3
04/22/2012 8:11PM
Love the Sinner's Down here
04/23/2012 12:21PM
Hot Shot's
Because we like everything hot! our food, our music, and our team!
04/23/2012 3:53PM
New team Name = HALOS
Links the city's football and basketball teams. When the Saints are at home in the dome the light reflecting off thier helmets look like halos.
04/23/2012 4:51PM
New Name
The JAMMERS - as in "we be Jammin"..... we could all wear P.J.s to the games!!!!!
04/23/2012 5:24PM
In honor of so many of our state and local politicians
04/23/2012 5:34PM
New Orleans Spice
04/23/2012 8:26PM
With black and gold colors
04/24/2012 1:39PM
New Orleans Vampires
Ann Rice will love it!
04/24/2012 10:53PM
New Orleans Wraiths
How about a name to honor the victims of Katrina such as the "Floodwraiths" or "Wraiths" for short
04/25/2012 3:30PM
Hometown name
The New Orleans "Mardi Gras." Nothing else is as unique to NO as that...
04/25/2012 5:33PM
new orleans trumpets.....we could honor louis armstrong, and we need gabriel!
04/25/2012 6:14PM
envision this
the name of the basket ball team should be the New Orleans Bounshing the n it comes to baty Hounters. The country ain't talking bout nothing else when it comes to bashing the N.O. all we did was play football, so let's make the basket ball team one people will love to hate, and respect the team's ability to get the job done ... on fire N.O.B.H. saints and sinners, consistent i would say.
04/25/2012 6:15PM
Bounty Hunters
that is a typo above, it should have been the Bounty Hunters
04/27/2012 9:30AM
A good choice
I think that a good choice for the new name of the team would be the Revilers. Because the name Revilers would represent the spirit of the people who make New Orleans such a special place!
04/30/2012 5:20PM
This is the one!
The New Orleans Armor.
05/01/2012 11:50AM
New Orleans Surge
Surge barriers protects the after the Hurricane. Surge means to rise, roll, move, or swell forward in or like waves. a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the colors should be Black, Gold, Purple and Green. Mardi Gras colors plus Black
05/01/2012 11:56PM
05/07/2012 11:31AM
too bad the zephyrs and jazz are taken...but the crescent city crescents should do it
05/07/2012 1:30PM
Lagniappe, Gumbo, Jambalaya or Pelicans
New Orleans Lagniappe (we're something extra) - New Orleans Gumbo or Jambalaya (sp?) We're a team of mixed talent and all things good. And yes, the old baseball team (I remember them) the Pelicans. With the Pelicans and the fleu de Lis, you could come up with a great logo. Colors black and gold.
05/14/2012 6:56PM
miami has the heat
how about the new orleans humidity
05/14/2012 7:00PM
how about this
new orleans locos
05/15/2012 4:35PM
New Orleans Blues
YES!! I love it ....The New Orleans Big Easy Blues!!!
05/15/2012 4:40PM
New Name!!
New Orleans On Fire!!!
05/17/2012 12:55AM
New Name
Ballers, Shooters,
05/27/2012 2:22PM
New Orleans PoBoys
The Cheerleads can be the Dressing!
06/02/2012 1:35PM
You can go in a lot of different directions with the name the "Spirit". I believe the mascot for Tom Benson's arena football team "the Voodoo" was Spirit. If you name the team The Spirit or the Spirits you could have a voodoo theme or even go in another direction with it. In the Spirit of Marie Leaveau lets call the team "the Spirit".
06/10/2012 11:18PM
Best by a mile!
Krewe! Krewe! Krewe! Krewe! Krewe! Krewe! Krewe!
07/02/2012 11:48AM
give charlotte their name back
Cresent city crusaders is very catchy
07/03/2012 1:30PM
why not capitalize on all the fuss in a positive way !! or, better yet--- change the Saints to the BOUNTY H8UNTERS and name the Hornets the SAINTS !!!!!
10/31/2012 7:55PM
Double meaning
New Orleans High Steppers. The logo could include a silhouette of a second line transfoming into a player dunking.
10/31/2012 7:57PM
new orleans high steppers
high steppers
11/01/2012 4:08PM
The Rhythm
12/03/2012 9:28AM
Team name
New Orleans Niggers.
12/04/2012 6:20PM
^^^^^^^ this guy above
Some folks can't help but to be racist no matter what. Hiding behind a computer screen.
12/05/2012 11:12PM
The Revelers
I like the Revelers. Think about it. What city shuts down for days to revel in the streets for days with costume, etc.? None other than N.O. We are the Revelers! Better than the Cavaliers. The REVS! Rev it up baby! Mardi Gras colors. Every fat Tues will look like a Rev Party. New Orleans Revs!
12/06/2012 9:16PM
12/08/2012 4:50PM
Team name
The cresent city patrol would be an awsome team name that picks on none of our local stereotypes
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