I wrote Thursday that the Bobcats ought to spend their money, if they have any to spend, on talent and not on branding. In other words, remain the Bobcats. Instead of undergoing the staggering cost of changing the team's name to the Hornets (if the name becomes available) and all that the name change entails, spend it on a player.
That said, Hornets is a much better name than Bobcats. Hornets evokes wonderful memories, many of which readers have shared with me after the column ran.
I wouldn't mind if the NBA enacted a rule that said teams can leave town, but can't take their name with them.
Utah has as much to do with Jazz as New Orleans does with Hornets. Salt Lake City does have one great jazz club. Thursday is wives' night. First wife gets in for half price, second, third, and fourth wives get in free.
Lakers is a Minnesota and Minneapolis name. I grew up in Minneapolis and Lake Harriett was four blocks away and Lake Calhoun was eight. Lakers has nothing to do with Los Angeles.
Yet the name fits. The name sounds right, the L in Los Angeles playing off the L in Lakers. Calling Los Angeles the Lakers is like calling a tall guy shorty or a fat guy slim. Sometimes a team can grow into a name, and the Lakers have.
The Hornets and Jazz? Not so much.