Best answer: What was the first basketball team in New Orleans?

The Hornets opened their inaugural season in New Orleans on October 30, 2002, against New Orleans’ original NBA franchise, the Utah Jazz.

Where did the pelicans come from?

Does New Orleans have two NBA teams?

Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the franchise temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City, where they spent two seasons officially known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

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Do the Charlotte Hornets still exist?

The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn.

Charlotte Hornets
History Charlotte Hornets 1988–2002, 2014–present Charlotte Bobcats 2004–2014
Arena Spectrum Center
Location Charlotte, North Carolina

Does the NBA own the Pelicans?

On April 13, 2012, it was announced that Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, had purchased the franchise from the NBA for $338 million.

Are Pelicans native to New Orleans?

New Orleans native and resident S. … The Pelicans returned for one summer in 1977 to play their home games inside the Superdome, marking the 74th season that the city’s baseball team went by that nickname.

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