New Orleans video makes name-change buzz louder

mpersinger@charlotteobserver.comApril 15, 2013 

If the Charlotte Bobcats aren't about to become the Charlotte Hornets again, someone in New Orleans has a sick sense of humor. Or they're trolling you. Or both.

The New Orleans Hornets, who are about to become the New Orleans Pelicans and make the Hornets nickname a free agent, created a farewell video for Hugo, the team's buzzing mascot from its inception in Charlotte in 1988.

The video in itself isn't that unusual -- highlights from mascot antics through the years -- but the background music is interesting. I won't spoil it for you, you can listen for yourself.

The team also created a Facebook page, with the title "What's next for Hugo?" This comes on top of last week's conversation about the release of a retro collection from team owner Michael Jordan's Jordan Brand, in purple and teal, that team president Fred Whitfield told Scott Fowler was a "total coincidence."

NBA commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver is scheduled to be in town for an annual visit with the Bobcats to meet with some season-ticket holders.

I have been told that nothing regarding a name change is imminent, but all of these little things, taken as a group, sure are making things interesting.

It might be more interesting what another occurrence today means -- the Bobcats and obsessive coach Mike Dunlap canceled a shootaround. Hmmmm.

But it seems everyone is focused on Hugo, who could become the biggest free agent signing in team history.

Or not.

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