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NBA notebook — Dec. 8

Combined wires services The latest dispute in the NBA is for the birds. Or not for the birds. The New Orleans Hornets want a nickname change. They want to become the New Orleans Pelicans. The state bird in Louisiana is the pelican, but it doesn’t sound like a good nickname for a serious sports team. Fans aren’t crowing about it. The New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan asked followers on Twitter if they were in favor of the proposed change, and the results were 77 nay, 19 yea. It appears, though, that the NBA will approve the name change for next season. Hornets owner Tom Benson owns the trademark “New Orleans Pelicans” from his days as an owner of a minor-league baseball club by the same moniker.

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