With the Hornets being retired, the NBA announced the new name of New Orleans' basketball team. The New Orleans Pelicans are named for their home Louisiana, the Pelican State.

In the early 19th century, author Washington Irving generated publicity for his first major book by posting missing persons announcements around New York for Knickerbocker, a Dutch journalist visiting Manhattan. According to Irving, Knickerbocker left

Sports' Marc J. Spears, the organization is going to officially unveil a major mascot change on Thursday, as the team is set to become the New Orleans Pelicans: Hornets to announce new nickname of Pelicans, new logo tomorrow,source told Y! Sports.

It's a bird, it's a plane no, it's actually a bird. An angry one at that. The New Orleans Pelicans made their new name official and unveiled new primary and alternate logos.

The New Orleans Hornets officially announced the adoption of the “Pelicans” nickname on Thursday. The nickname switch, first reported in December, will occur after the 2012-13 season. The change will be accompanied by