New Orleans to make name change to Pelicans official on Thursday

Jan 19, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after missing a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at the New Orleans Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hornets, 116-112. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. Come Thursday, it will also be the nickname of the city’s NBA franchise.

New Orleans will also unveil its new logo on Thursday.

The reported name change has been met with a considerable deal of criticism and mockery but in time fans will likely grow comfortable with the team’s new nickname.

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