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Hornets to become Pelicans in nod to state tradition

Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics (C) fights for a rebound between Jason Smith and Roger Mason Jr. of the New Orleans Hornets during on January 16, 2013, at TD Garden in Boston. The NBA's New Orleans Hornets will become the Pelicans beginning in the 2The NBA's New Orleans Hornets will become the Pelicans beginning in the 2013-14 season, team owner Tom Benson announced on Thursday. Benson said the new name -- unveiled complete with a logo of a stylized bird with a fierce glare -- is nod to the pelican's long association with the state of Louisiana, nicknamed "The Pelican State".