New Orleans Pelicans Tickets
The New Orleans Pelicans are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association or NBA. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Pelicans compete in the NBA’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The Pelicans play all of their home games at the Smoothie King Center, which used to be known as the New Orleans Arena. If you are a fan of the New Orleans Pelicans and would like to know more about the team, their history, and how to get yourself the best New Orleans Pelicans tickets, click here.
About the New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are a team that was originally founded in 1988 and were initially based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team used to be known as the Charlotte Hornets and was later renamed as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2002-3 season after the team was relocated from North Carolina to Louisiana. The team was officially named the New Orleans Pelicans in January 2013.
In their early years, the Hornets, like many other expansion teams, struggled to make a mark in the NBA. They would make their first playoff appearance in 1992, due to the exceptional skills of two players, Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. The team would also secure their first postseason win in the 1992-3 season.
In the 1990’s, the Hornets made it to the playoffs three more times, but failed to make it past the second round.
Due to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the franchise would temporarily move to Oklahoma City where they played for two consecutive seasons. During this time, the team was officially referred to as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. They would relocate back to their home base of New Orleans in the 2007-08 season.
Since the team’s move to Louisiana, the Pelicans have played 14 seasons at their current home base. They have an overall regular season record of 528–604 and have gone on to qualify for the playoffs six times. They have won one playoff series and one division title respectively.
A History of the New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are a team that was founded in 1988 in North Carolina and was originally known by a different name, The Charlotte Hornets. They have made a number of moves and since 2013, the team has officially been renamed as the New Orleans Pelicans.
Move to New Orleans
In the 2002-03 NBA season, the Hornets left Charlotte because they weren’t playing well over there. The team relocated to Crescent City and played their first game in New Orleans against the Utah Jazz. Ironically, the Jazz were a team that were initially based in New Orleans and eventually relocated to Utah. When the Hornets made their move, it marked the return of the NBA to New Orleans after 25 years. The Hornets made a stunning debut and went on to win the game 100-75.
Their first 10 games in New Orleans were a huge success and the Hornets established a solid record. However, when the midseason rolled around, their star player, Baron Davis, sustained an injury. This slowed their momentum considerably. They were saved when they acquired Kenny Anderson. With this new addition, the team was able to win seven of the last 10 games of the season. Their overall record at the end of the season was 47-35 and they finished in second place.
Despite all this, the Hornets struggled during the play-offs, when their players would continue to suffer from injuries. They ended up losing to the 76ers and finished their season on a shocking note; they fired their coach, Paul Silas.
Playing in Oklahoma City
The 2005-06 season opened with a shock. Hurricane Katrina had left most of New Orleans flooded, leaving the Hornets with no place to play. With their home arena damaged and the infrastructure in the city in shambles, the Hornets had to find somewhere else to play.
That year, they would sign a deal which enabled them to play most of their games in Oklahoma City. With this move, the team became known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for the remainder of the season.
The team was welcomed to Oklahoma City with open arms and all of their games at the Ford Center would sell out. The team acquired star player Chris Paul who helped the Hornets put on a stronger display of skill that season. They would play very well during that season and Paul was even named the Rookie of the Year.
The Hornets continued to play in Oklahoma City in the 2006-07 season because New Orleans was still damaged from Katrina. Oklahoma City continued to treat the Hornets well but a string of injuries to many of their star players made it difficult for the team to end the season on a high note.
The Forming of the Pelicans
In the 2011-12, the Hornets were bought by Tom Benson, the owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Immediately after acquiring the team, he stated that he wants to rename the franchise and give it a name which would connect it more to the state of Louisiana. By January 2013, it was announced that the team would be renamed as the New Orleans Pelicans. With the name change, the New Orleans Pelicans became a separate and distinct franchise. This is because when they left the name Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats reclaimed the name and therefore took back the history of the Charlotte Hornets before their move to New Orleans.
The team also lucked out in the lottery that year and secured the first overall pick. They would acquire Anthony Davis from Kentucky. However, the Pelicans did well during the 2014-15 season and won 45 regular season games. They also made the playoffs, but lost in the first round to the Golden State Warriors.
With star player Anthony Davis on their side, the Pelicans hope to do even better this season.