The new Frisco, Texas franchise announced Saturday night that they'll be called the Texas Legends when they begin play in the D-League next season. This beat out the Texas Shooters and the Texas Stars, which is understandable, but I still have to assume there was a better option available.
The Two Man Game's Rob Mahoney isn't exactly excited either:
Still, Legends they will be, even if that name is more than a bit presumptuous. Doesn't having a name like ‘Legends' put a bit of pressure on a D-League team that still lacks an actual roster? If they're anything less than legendary will the arena explode like the head of a contradiction-pondering robot? Or at the very least, aren't they just asking for a scoff and snide remark from fans every time they drop a game?
ESPN's Marc Stein earlier suggested the Prospectors - which really would have invoked the opposite of what Mahoney suggests the Legends does (and I don't think that would be such a bad thing):
Calling this team the Prospectors would not only be a nod to the state's rich oil-industry tradition but also invoke the very nature of the D-League, where NBA prospects try to make it to the big time.
With the front office and coaching staff they've already assembled (Nancy Lieberman, Del Harris, Spud Webb and the Dallas Mavericks' GM, Donnie Nelson, among them), I don't think there will be any issues on the court and in the end, that's all that matters.