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excitablehonky:

Barry Petchesky makes an entertaining (if not compelling) case for why the Pelicans are the “NBA’s Best New Team Name”:


You’re probably picturing a big, clumsy poof of a bird stumbling around in the shallows, picking at weeds. Wrong. The pelican is fearsome. Take a raven, for example: it’s omnivorous. It eats bugs, and seeds, and fruit, and carrion. Compared to the well-rounded citizen that is the raven, the pelican is the serial killer of birds. Not only is it a carnivore—it is a hypercarnivore. (That’s a scientific term; look it up.) The pelican eats meat, and only meat. The pelican doesn’t eat anything that didn’t used to be alive. What’s more—unlike an eagle or a falcon—the pelican almost never scavenges someone else’s kill. It craves warm flesh, so it gets the job done itself.
Oh, it splashes around in the water and gulps down fish that are just swimming by, that’s not hunting, is a thing that fools say. While it’s true that the White Pelican dips its head underwater and scoops out the fish, that’s not the pelican we’re talking about here. The Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, and it’s the only species of pelican that dives to catch its prey. The Brown Pelican is a raptor, without the stupid purple dinosaur logo.
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The truly classic names aren’t aggressive—Yankees, Packers, Browns, Maple Leafs—and yet they’d never get past the first public Facebook vote today. Not edgy enough. For the last couple decades, franchises have just been picking whatever deadly local animal springs to mind. And so we’ve ended up with “cool-sounding” names like the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Diamondbacks, and Devil Rays, which sound like they ought to be Arena Football teams. Barring that, the default has been the predatory cat, and just in the last 20 years, we have the Jaguars, Bobcats, two different Panthers, and the oh-so-imaginative Predators, whose logo is a saber-toothed tiger.




If you couldn’t tell from my #PelicanIdeas tweet barrage, I really do love the Pelicans name, it’s grown on me with rapid progression. 
There’s just so much you can do with a Pelican as your mascot, like have it zip-line down from a nest in the rafters or have a robot pelican fly around pooping out t-shirts on fans.
Hopefully someone in the New Orleans front office is brilliant enough to use my ideas. 
@Suga_Shane

excitablehonky:

Barry Petchesky makes an entertaining (if not compelling) case for why the Pelicans are the “NBA’s Best New Team Name”:

You’re probably picturing a big, clumsy poof of a bird stumbling around in the shallows, picking at weeds. Wrong. The pelican is fearsome. Take a raven, for example: it’s omnivorous. It eats bugs, and seeds, and fruit, and carrion. Compared to the well-rounded citizen that is the raven, the pelican is the serial killer of birds. Not only is it a carnivore—it is a hypercarnivore. (That’s a scientific term; look it up.) The pelican eats meat, and only meat. The pelican doesn’t eat anything that didn’t used to be alive. What’s more—unlike an eagle or a falcon—the pelican almost never scavenges someone else’s kill. It craves warm flesh, so it gets the job done itself.

Oh, it splashes around in the water and gulps down fish that are just swimming by, that’s not hunting, is a thing that fools say. While it’s true that the White Pelican dips its head underwater and scoops out the fish, that’s not the pelican we’re talking about here. The Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, and it’s the only species of pelican that dives to catch its prey. The Brown Pelican is a raptor, without the stupid purple dinosaur logo.

The truly classic names aren’t aggressive—Yankees, Packers, Browns, Maple Leafs—and yet they’d never get past the first public Facebook vote today. Not edgy enough. For the last couple decades, franchises have just been picking whatever deadly local animal springs to mind. And so we’ve ended up with “cool-sounding” names like the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Diamondbacks, and Devil Rays, which sound like they ought to be Arena Football teams. Barring that, the default has been the predatory cat, and just in the last 20 years, we have the Jaguars, Bobcats, two different Panthers, and the oh-so-imaginative Predators, whose logo is a saber-toothed tiger.

If you couldn’t tell from my #PelicanIdeas tweet barrage, I really do love the Pelicans name, it’s grown on me with rapid progression. 

There’s just so much you can do with a Pelican as your mascot, like have it zip-line down from a nest in the rafters or have a robot pelican fly around pooping out t-shirts on fans.

Hopefully someone in the New Orleans front office is brilliant enough to use my ideas. 

@Suga_Shane

thescore:

Photo: The New Orleans Pelicans Mascot.
Source: Reddit.com

Oh my, this is perfect!

thescore:

Photo: The New Orleans Pelicans Mascot.

Source: Reddit.com

Oh my, this is perfect!

(via nba-4-life)
Fear this.

(via nba-4-life)

Fear this.

When Reggie Evans is on the court, Los Angeles is FLOP CITY.

Hope this isn’t what the Clippers had in mind when they promised to protect Blake Griffin from now on

New Orleans Hornets center Solomon Jones has the entire state of Florida tattooed on his back. Oh, and a giant alligator. You know you’ve got a pretty bold tattoo when the afterthought describing it is “…oh yeah, and a giant alligator.”
This might the best combination swing state/reptile back tatt I’ve ever seen. Granted, I can’t see my own back which has a tattoo of an Iguana straddling the state of Pennsylvania.
—SlapClap 

New Orleans Hornets center Solomon Jones has the entire state of Florida tattooed on his back. Oh, and a giant alligator. You know you’ve got a pretty bold tattoo when the afterthought describing it is “…oh yeah, and a giant alligator.”

This might the best combination swing state/reptile back tatt I’ve ever seen. Granted, I can’t see my own back which has a tattoo of an Iguana straddling the state of Pennsylvania.

SlapClap 

NBA Haikus - 2011-2012 Season Preview - The Southwest Division

It’s going to be a short season after an even shorter off-season. We had limited time to track player movement, team development and bring you in depth team analysis, like we did last year. So the bros and bro-ettes at NBAO decided we’ll follow in the footsteps of the NBA and provide you with abbreviated team previews in the best way possible, haikus.

Our last installment of NBA Haikus is dedicated to the Western Conference’s Southwest Division. Divorces, drama, veto’d trades, new coaches, suspensions, injuries, more trade talk, and that’s just the Los Angeles Lakers. Will the Lobs Angeles Clippers finally break their curse? Welcome to the Reality TV Division. 

Western Conference - Southwest Division:

Dallas Mavericks:
Dirk saves legacy
Cuban steals the Candyman
Khloe does Dallas
__________

Houston Rockets:
Gasol trade falls through
Still no big men! McHale asks
“Can we sign Joe Smith?”
__________ 

Memphis Grizzlies:
See, the thing about
Darrell Arthur’s Achilles:
Memphis still has swag!
__________

New Orleans Hornets:
Meditate Dell Demps
Find peace and center your Chi
Basketball reasons
__________

San Antonio Spurs:
Time is a factor
Tim is on his final run
A great run it’s been
__________

Read more NBA HaikusAtlantic DivisionCentral DivisionSoutheast DivisionNorthwest DivisionPacific DivisionSouthwest Division

Penned by the undiscovered poets of the tumblrwebs:KristinDouglasMark,ThomasSeanCarlosMichaelKeith, Parker, and Shane. 

Seriously, why wouldn’t David Stern want the Hornets to trade for this guy?
(AP photo)

Seriously, why wouldn’t David Stern want the Hornets to trade for this guy?

(AP photo)

To Live and Get Potentially Traded to L.A.

Another day, another potential Chris Paul trade gets killed by David Stern and the NBA. As we all know, the Chris Paul situation is very confusing and frustrating for fans. In December 2010, the league assumed ownership of the New Orleans Hornets until the team attracts a new buyer that will keep the team in the city.  Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that league has gone as far as running Chris Paul trade talks themselves, superseding current Hornets GM Dell Demps. This maneuver by the league has obviously made it difficult for Demps to do his job and make another deals. Will David Stern object to each move that the team makes? 

This situation brings one question: when in professional sports has the governing body taken so much control over a franchise? In the last few years, Major League Baseball has come and worked with cash strapped franchises like the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers before eventually finding new ownership (Hopefully soon in the case of the Dodgers). The MLB didn’t prevent the Rangers from acquiring Cliff Lee during the 2010 season. The NFL never stepped when it seemed like Al Davis had gone insane with the Raiders. 

At various points of the last two days, young Clippers Eric Bledsoe was also a part of the Clippers/Hornets deal, but for David Stern these potential deals weren’t quite enough. Not necessarily knocking your teams, Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves fans, but let’s say the Clippers deal went through and the Hornets became a lottery team. Let’s also assume that the T-Wolves was also a lottery team. The Hornets would have two first round picks in the 2012 draft. A draft that’s said to be stack with talent. [FYI: The Clippers acquired the 2012 1st round pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s unprotected.] The Hornets could have also flipped players like Chris Kaman for draft picks as well. 

The NBA isn’t allowing Dell Demps to do his job and has put an additional asterisk next to the 2011-2012 season. The lock out season and the season that David Stern didn’t let Los Angeles make a big trades. 

When I initially came up with the idea for this piece, it seemed like the Chris Paul/Clippers wasn’t necessarily a done deal, but it felt like there was a chance. A chance that the Clippers could steal a bit of thunder from their cross hallway rivals. Yet, the deal is apparently dead, but may be reworked at a later time. 

Commissioner,

It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.

This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.

Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.

I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.

I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.

When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?

Please advise….

Dan G.

— Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in an email to NBA Commissioner David Stern regarding the proposed trade that would send PG Chris Paul to the LA Lakers.

(Source: Yahoo!)

As a Lakers fan, well, perhaps, I should state, as a Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom fan, I was a bit weary of the Chris Paul trade. Yes, the addition of Paul would have added speed and athleticism to the aging Lakers roster, but at what cost? Yes, Gasol became Mr. Cellophane during the playoffs and Odom may have been distracted by the E! camera crew, but how exactly do you replace them? Gasol is/was the starting power forward and back up center while Odom was/is a jack of all trades and capable of playing at any position. Without Gasol & Odom, who starts at center when Andrew Bynum eventually gets injured during the season? Who’s the starting power forward? I felt the deal was like using a piece of gum to fill a hole in the sinking Titanic. 

As for the rest of the deal, the Rockets would’ve gotten a solid big man in Gasol to replace Yao Ming and the Hornets would’ve probably benefited from having Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and some draft picks to help rebuild. 

Yet, David Stern canceled the deal and in a way, put a really awful and sour taste in my mouth. I’m struggling to understand what exactly the lock out and the subsequent agreement accomplished? 

If David Stern killed this trade because he didn’t want players to dictate where they wanted to be traded, that’s absolutely bonkers. So, Chris Paul will most likely play out the 2011-12 season as a Hornet and at the end of the season, he’s free to sign whenever he wants and the Hornets get nothing in return. With the deal, it helps the Hornets rebuilds. Stern might’ve been upset with the Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks saga of last season, but that traded benefited both teams. The Nuggets had a great playoff run last season and the Knicks became a good team. This sets an extremely bad precedent from the future of the NBA. If a couple of owners object to a trade, what’s going to stop David Stern from nixing it again? 

The NBA will never be the same again. 

“I guess that means I’m a Laker if the trade didn’t go through. I don’t know what to do for the Lakers. I’m even weirded out by the league doing what they did. I don’t know what to do. 
Imagine how Pau [Gasol] feels. Pau came to the Lakers and played here for four years, went to the Finals and lost, won two NBA championships and then got swept [by the Dallas Mavericks this year]. Wow! Imagine how he must feel. 
Man, I’m just in total disbelief about all of this. They don’t want my services, for whatever reason. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I was proud to be a Laker, so I’ll try to help them in the process as much as possible.”
- Lamar Odom on the current trade/non-trade situation between the Lakers & Hornets.

“I guess that means I’m a Laker if the trade didn’t go through. I don’t know what to do for the Lakers. I’m even weirded out by the league doing what they did. I don’t know what to do.

Imagine how Pau [Gasol] feels. Pau came to the Lakers and played here for four years, went to the Finals and lost, won two NBA championships and then got swept [by the Dallas Mavericks this year]. Wow! Imagine how he must feel.

Man, I’m just in total disbelief about all of this. They don’t want my services, for whatever reason. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I was proud to be a Laker, so I’ll try to help them in the process as much as possible.”

- Lamar Odom on the current trade/non-trade situation between the Lakers & Hornets.

NBA Logo Playoffs - Sweet 16

Goooooood afternoon basketball fans. We’re not gonna waste any time today.

This one will be interesting. One of the most classic logos of the NBA will be taking on an alternate logo that was very popular with you guys, as the Celtics take on the Hornets. Our other matchup features the Pacers and the Timberwolves.

Get voting! (and don’t forget to eat your Wheaties)

Chris Paul tests out Andrew Bynum’s knees.

Then again, who’s knees didn’t he test out last night? With a stat line for the ages (27 points, 15 assists, 13 rebounds, 2 steals) and a 2-2 series to drive Lakers fans crazy, Chris Paul is making it clear for the doubters (also known as Derrick Rose fans) who the best Point God in the NBA is. 

Too bad MVP votes have already been cast.

@Suga_Shane

via TBJ


"I don’t care if my mama is on the court, I’d hit her, too."

Chris Paul.
Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

"I don’t care if my mama is on the court, I’d hit her, too."

Chris Paul.

Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

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