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Hornets officially become Pelicans

Updated: April 18, 2013, 3:53 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

What's in a name? The New Orleans Pelicans hope it's a new era of winning, starting with the NBA draft lottery on May 21.

That's the day when the team participates in a league event for the first time with its new name. The team formerly known as the Hornets announced Thursday that the team should now be called the Pelicans in all dealings.

"We have been looking forward to this day since we announced the Pelicans as the new name," owner Tom Benson said in a ...

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