Utah Jazz notebook: Jazz think New Orleans' new mascot is for the (state's) birds


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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 1, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Let's just give the whole organization back. It would certainly cut down on the cumulative frustration felt throughout Utah.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Jan. 31, 2013 8:37 p.m.

    I second the motion for the Jazz to return to the Stars name.

    Let's see if New Orleans would be willing to buy back the Jazz name for a million or two. Jazz is a much better fit for New Orleans. Pelicans?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    Jazz isn't a very representative name for any Utah team, and Lakers certainly doesn't fit an LA area team. As such, these 2 teams should just switch names. There certainly is a lot more Jazz music to be found in LA, and definitely more lakes in Utah than the LA area. The only downside is that Utah Lakers kind of sounds like a Utah county team to local fans. Outside of Utah, most people would associate it (the name Lakers) with the Great Salt Lake, which almost everyone has heard of and knows is in Utah.

    As for Pelicans, it's not a very intimidating name (the name "Jazz" doesn't cause many goosebumps either). But New Orleans had a wide open slate to name themselves almost anything, and they chose Pelicans???. Most people consider pelicans to be slow, awkward, funny looking and with big mouths. On second thought, it might end up being an appropriate name after all.

  • Jay Linds Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    Utah Stars. Our old ABA name.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Jan. 31, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    The Utah Saltines.

  • Robert Rexburg, ID
    Jan. 31, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    "Utah Jazz" doesn't make any sense! Let's give it up like they should have at the beginning, and find one that fits Utah.

    Pioneers? Miners? Mountain Men? Archies (get it?) Crickets? Elk? Trade for "Lakers"? Evaporites? Basin-Rangers? Wasatch? Brethren? Explorers?

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Too bad Utah won't give the Jazz name back. I've always hated it and wished it were something more about this area, not the deep south. I know, the Lakers didn't change either, but Jazz is just stupid for this area. It should be written that if a team moves, the name stays. Like the Browns in Cleveland. NO could still have the Jazz, and we could have....?