With the announcement of the six names the NBA has filed for trademark rights, a casual observer would think Oklahoma City is becoming home to a minor league baseball franchise, not an NBA franchise. Let's take a look: Barons, Bison, Energy, Marshalls, Thunder, and Wind.
Birmingham Barons, Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians
Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees
Seattle SuperSonics is looking pretty good right now.
So right there, 50% of David Stern's ideal names are kaput due to minor league baseball teams. I mean, who wants their NBA team to be a minor league baseball team. But the other choices aren't that much better. The Oklahoma City Energy? The Oklahoma City Wind? Ooooooooooh, I'm shaking in my hightops.
This brings me to what the best option of for the team. The Oklahoma City Marshalls. I like it. It's tough. It has more of a baseball feel to it, like the Texas Rangers, but it is obviously the toughest and most original names.
What would be your pick?