I know there have been explanations of how pelicans are fierce birds that get very angry, and I have even seen a pelican eat a pigeon, but I think we can all agree that it’s still going to be funny having a team named the Pelicans in the NBA next season. Sorry, but it just is.
Don’t believe me? Ask Jrue Holiday, one of the newest Pelicans. From Point Forward’s Ben Golliver:
“I mean, it’s funny, I’m not going to lie,” new point guard Jrue Holiday admitted Wednesday. “It’s funny saying it. ‘We’re the Pelicans.’ But I’ve said it about half a million times now, so I’m used to it.”
Jrue Holiday is both an NBA All-Star and a guy who is used to having a name people are confused by, so I think we can trust what he’s saying: Pelicans is funny. That doesn’t mean it can’t be a fearsome name eventually — we’ve all seen the part in “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” where the team starts saying where they’re from in the locker room and then beats Iceland to win the Junior Goodwill Games, in one of America’s greatest athletic triumphs of the past century — but it’s going to be pretty strange for a good part of their first season. I mean, there is probably a reason most teams are not named after non-birds-of-prey birds, right?
Just like when Stephen Curry officially ruled that the Warriors’ sleeved jerseys were “ugly” and we were all forced to agree, trusting Jrue Holiday is the right move here. Having come to the Pelicans from a team with a historical name like the Philadelphia 76ers, he’s so close to the situation that he’d have to know the difference between a classic name and one that is funny. So don’t feel bad laughing about the New Orleans Pelicans the first 500,000 times you say it. Jrue Holiday did just that and he’s one of the beaks of the franchise.