|| New Orleans Pelicans HISTORY
Founded: 1988 as Charlotte Hornets
2003 as New Orleans Pelicans
Arena: Smoothie King Center
Division Championships: 1(2008)
NBA Titles: None
Name and History:
The Name and history of the Pelicans/Hornets franchise is a difficult one. While this team did start in 1988 as the Charlotte Hornets and kept the Hornets history until 2013, they are now considered to have been an expansion team in 2003.
We here are NBA Hoops Online dispute this history because you cannot re-write history like this. The Hornets existed before 2003 and to simply write that off is irresponsible. That is why the Pelicans history goes all the way back to 1988 and the Hornets/Bobcats history only goes back to 2004.
In 2005 hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast and left devastation unlike anything America has seen since the Civil War. The City of New Orleans was practically destroyed by the storm and the Hornets had no place to play.
The City was relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the entirety of the 2005-2006 NBA season and for most of the 2006-2007 season. The Hornets once again began playing full time in New Orleans during the 2007-08 season.
The success of the Hornets in Oklahoma was key in the NBA's controversial decision to allow the Seattle Supersonics to relocate there and become the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Hornets/Pelicans is the city's second attempt at hosting an NBA franchise. From 1974 until 1979 the New Orleans Jazz played in New Orleans before relocating to Salt Lake City.
Before the Jazz the city was also home to the short lived New Orleans Buccaneers of the ABA, which existed from 1967 until 1971.