Soon after Tom Benson purchased the New Orleans Hornets in 2012, the team announced they were going to change their name. According to Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears, they “considered the nicknames Krewe (groups of costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans) and Brass,” but settled on Pelicans—after the brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird.

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Five things to know about the Pelicans on Jan. 13, 2022

1)      Two days after Brandon Ingram’s thrilling, game-winning three-pointer over Minnesota in the Smoothie King Center, New Orleans (15-26) concludes a two-game homestand at 7 p.m., facing the LA Clippers (21-21). Tickets are available here. The “Pelicans Weekly” radio show airs at 6 p.m. I need to read more from this story

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Mavericks look to maintain strong defense vs. Rockets

With the Dallas Mavericks' organization celebrating the career of Dirk Nowitzki by retiring his No. 41 jersey and raising it to the rafters at American Airlines Center on Wednesday, the stage was set for the Mavericks to produce offensive fireworks befitting the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history. Instead, Dallas opted to maintain its recent trend…