Pelicans Unleash New Threads

by Zettler Clay IV

A few months ago, New Orleans came forward with a new team mascot, opening the door for Michael Jordan to make a similar move with the Bobcats.

Since jettisoning “Hornets” for “Pelicans,” New Orleans made a few changes on the roster front as well. With newly acquired All-Star Jrue Holiday and 2012 No. 1 pick Anthony Davis in tow, there is reason for fans in the bayou region to carry a little excitement going into the 2013-14 NBA season.

On Thursday, Jason Smith, Ryan Anderson, Holiday and Davis looked to stretch that fervor and unveiled the franchise’s new uniforms to the world.

pelicans uni screen shot

Based on the reaction of the Twitter-sphere, the new work gear of Davis and Co. stands firmly in fashion purgatory. It doesn’t engender aversion, but it doesn’t yell “come see us play” either. As pointed out by Bleacher Report’s Benjamin Cruz, the unis lamentably bear a certain likeness to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Either way, this is another step in a new direction for a rising franchise. What sayeth you?
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71 Comments

  1. clockwork57 says:

    Better than those nasty pin stripe ones!

  2. Loyalty says:

    Definitely prefered the jerseys they played in during summer league with the pelican logo on the chest, these look kind of dull in comparison to the tough look those jerseys represented

  3. Kiyo says:

    How long did it take to design the jersey? 5 minutes? How about some creativity…

  4. Julio says:

    They just seem really bland. Same problem I had with Brooklyn’s Unis. Unless your a franchise where tradition holds true then think outside of the box. NO had an opportunity to really make the new uniforms pop, but in my opinion these just dont cut it.

    • DJ3 says:

      Exactly. Boston and L.A. have simple jerseys, because they are great teams. If you don’t have a team with a great history then you need decent uniforms.

  5. Derrick Ward says:

    The uniforms are weirdly the opposite of the Clevand Cavaliers uniforms mix of home and away. Instead of being bold and interesting they chose dull and boring

  6. celtic533 says:

    They are terrible.i don’t like the colors or design at all

  7. pde10 says:

    The Cleveland Cavaliers called. They want their alternate road uniforms back.

  8. 007 says:

    I thought before they even changed thier name that they should change the color scheme to match the Saints. I thought the black gold n white would have been fly.

    It would help unite the tow fan bases and you would see thier jersey crossover into NFL games and vice versa. I can’t tell you how many times I saw National gear at a Wizards game or watching on tv seeing Blackhawks jersey appearing at Bulls game. I feel it is a way to bring fans together.

  9. Smooth says:

    who’s cares about the uniforms they have Holiday Evans and Davis probably the best young trio right now they might be in the 7th seed but the uniforms look just like the cavs but they need more design something like a pelican logo and Jason Smith is not a good model LOL

    • RocketToTHeTop says:

      Best young trio?

      Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka,
      Curry, Thompson, Barnes,
      Irving, Waiters, Thompson,

      I’m sure there’s others but there’s other just as young Trios that are far superior and already more established.

  10. Andrea says:

    Should be a 5th choice, “Go back to the drawing board” or at least “None of the Above”. Why are they stealing Grizzlies colors? But then it could be worse, they could have a big billed bird on the front side of the tank. Must have spent all their money on wasted talent or paying Stern so they could change their name.

  11. DesignCrimeInvestigator says:

    that’s a crime

  12. dustydreamnz says:

    Yeah, agree with most of you guys. Today, it’s all about design/logos etc. Even if I was a Pelicans fan I wouldn’t buy those. Also, the Pelicans name sounds stupid compared to most of the other franchises. It’s great Charlotte will be the Hornets again though.

    • DJ3 says:

      They chose pelicans because of the history of the pelican in NO. Sure it sounds dumb but for them it probably sounds better than any other team.

  13. DesignCrimeInvestigator says:

    someone will go to the design jail soon

  14. dd def says:

    i like how no one wanted to clap at “no reason we can’t bring home a championship” lol

  15. Jeffx21 says:

    May as well be Black and White! And when they play the Grizzlies who is going to be who?

  16. Anthony Davis says:

    What were they thinking!

  17. Jeffx21 says:

    LOL!! Just noticed three of them are clapping with no smiles on their face, and Holiday has his arms clasped in front looking at the other guys thinking, “Why on earth are you clapping?”

  18. cones says:

    I thought the Pacers and Grizzlies already wore uniforms just like these ones.

  19. Travis Best says:

    the mardi gras jerseys were dope!

  20. boston rules says:

    Just says New Orleans on a plain background, nothing special

  21. io says:

    The Brooklyn Jersey design works, and has a sense of character like the borough of Brooklyn. This on the other hand is really dull.

  22. Isaiah says:

    First of all the blue ones look like mehphis grizzzlies secnd of all you did was say lets take blue and white and just splat new orleones in the middle BTW they look OKC but theres are far more better

  23. Ken says:

    Look like the cavs

  24. Pablo says:

    Really?? NBA jerseys have gotten worse since logos were not allowed on the jersey anymore. Lets be creative guys

  25. HeatBandwagon2013 says:

    They look perfect. Stop being little fashion fags.

    And dont pull a Vince Young and say better designed jersey can win us games.

    • DJ3 says:

      It’s true though. Studies show athletes who are confident in what they wear perform better.

  26. Cam says:

    The “New Orleans” is tiny and a boring font. The away uniforms remind me too much of Indiana

  27. The People says:

    Eric Gordon must just hate being at the NO Pelicans. Doesnt even want to go to the jersey preso. What a balller

  28. Wayne Turner says:

    Weak, boring looking, and the away one looks like a poor copy of the Grizzles jersey.

    A better idea:-

    The Management of the Pelicans hold a “design our new NBA jerseys” competition,with ANYONE worldwide being able to enter.With ONLY New Orleans Pelicans season ticket holders able to vote on the best design,from a final pick of 12 (Top 12 narrow downed by Pelicans management & professional designers).

    The winner,of the winning design would win prizes like:-

    *Pelican jersey’s of their winning design,autographed by the whole current team,and unsigned jersey’s of their design.

    *Life time courtside season tickets for 2 (local’s ONLY) and cash prize (for non-local,but they get 2 tickets courtside for the first home game of their jersey design being worn,plus return air line tickets and accommodation.)

    *Framed certificate and ceremony at half time of Pelicans first home game with design worn.

  29. Eric says:

    “Really symbolizes who we are… C’mon they look amazing…”

    Lies Lies Lies…. haha

  30. Zach says:

    I like the basic look, however, I think the uniforms could have been a little bolder and incorporated more red into the trim. As are they very bland.

  31. Really??? says:

    That’s just sad.. poor N.O. fans…

  32. BullfsFan says:

    Anybody thinking Indiana Pacers knock off?

  33. David Stern says:

    Pretty much like Indiana’s jerseys imo

  34. Tupac Babaganoush says:

    New Orleans is represented by three colors. Purple, green, and gold. If they are going to go all “New Orleans” and call themselves the Pelicans, which most people do not get, they should at least get the colors right.

  35. jd says:

    THEY’LL START 0-10 PROBABLY. THAT PRESENTATION WAS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THAT ORGANIZATION. JUST HIDEOUS!

  36. Ahah says:

    Raptors, Grizz, Cavs and Pacers. They all look good on other teams unis. I say trade em all and get da cash for new design unis. Ahah.

  37. Vincent says:

    Missed opportunity

  38. CRYsis says:

    Too plain for my taste. The numbers have a bit of design but I would have preferred the letters also. Another thing, it doesn’t appeal much at all. Not to mention, it really does look like the Grizzlies jersey.

  39. Grizzlies 2.0! =D But cool.

  40. Juan says:

    If the owner is so proud of the Pelican name, why the home jersey, which ususally has the nickname of the team , say New Orleans? I would of use more gold and red then blue. Not a good look.

  41. DeeJayVee says:

    I’m disappointed that they don’t say Pelicans or even show a pelican. If you are going to have a name like the Pelicans then you should go all the way with it. I wanna see a Pelican across their chests!

  42. Jeff says:

    I thought the jersey would be like the Oregon ducks lol

  43. Blind Lemon Pye says:

    Some mock and fake jersey designs for the Pelicans looked better than this.

  44. Anthony says:

    THESE ARE JUST HORRENDOUS!!! WHO THE HELL WAS HITTING THE BORING PIPE WHEN THESE WERE THOUGHT UP. THERE IS NO CONNECTION TO N.O FROM THESE. THEY JUST LOOK BLAND BORING KNOCK OFFS OF PRIOR JERSEYS THAT ACTUALLY SUCKED.. HENCE WHY THEY ARE GONE…

    N.O HAD A CHANCE TO MAKE A NEW VIBRANT JERSEY FOR THEMSELVES AND ALL THEY DID WAS SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT.. I HOPE THE “HORNETS” DO BETTER THAN YOU IN YEARS TO COME!! HAHA LETS GO CHARLOTTE!!

  45. Bruno says:

    I miss the late nineties with all the flashy team logos on the jerseys. Now it’s all about being as bland as possible.

  46. BJ says:

    Damn can ya’ll just bring the hornets back???

  47. m says:

    ..i woulda had Evan in the photo op..theyd make a good trio anywyz (hoilday,evans,davis)

  48. FineGoods says:

    REALLY looks like the Grizzlies home uniform.

  49. Savannah says:

    I like the colors. But the design is underwhelming. I’m all for simple but these are too simple.

  50. alonte says:

    them are some ugly jerseys, hornets ones are better. the didnt put much thought in that

  51. Liveeboii says:

    for a min i thought they was in the Pacers uniform ?

  52. Mr. Melo says:

    Simple design, but fine . Remember , not jerseys are playing .

  53. The home jersey looks nice, but the road jersey is horrible. And, get models that won’t fold their hands over their crotch. He looks submissive like that. The jersey is supposed to be imposing.

  54. Que says:

    If your uniform represents how you play, then this makes perfecr sense

  55. The jersey with the gold color to the far right….DO NOT EVER WEAR IT! i won’t even watch any of your games if you do.

  56. New Orleans Rebuilding fan says:

    The team roster and home court is good except the jerseys…

    Away Jersey- Needs MORE DESIGN
    Home Jersey- REALLY NEEDS MORE COLORS AND DESIGN

  57. Sam says:

    Where is the damn logo in the front. This is just like a high school jersey, damn

  58. Run says:

    Made up your mind about changing the team name and its color, and it sound cool at first. Then, we all have to look at jerseys that pretty much look like they stole them from a local school and put their names and logos on them and call it new and cool threads. For christ sake, even the BOBCATS (of all teams) came with better designs from the moment they came to the league to today, and plus, they’re the WORST team in the league. A tip to New Orleans and Brooklyn, if you’re gonna change uniforms, colors, and begging for more TV time, lets take more than a DAY to come up with designs that will be appealing to the public eye,

    Oh and PS, someone should be fired for coming up with the designs before advertising them. Hopefully, there won’t be a fool out there that would pay ANY money to get one of those jerseys.

  59. Zack Speranza says:

    The blues look like the Grizzlies and the whites look like the Nets…