Remember Paul Pierce before he became “The Truth”, LeBron James before he became “King James”? As ESPN reports on September 24, members of the Miami Heat have been told that the NBA is considering having players nicknames replace their actual names on the back of NBA jerseys.
The NBA has not actually announced the plan yet, but if rumors become true, the “nickname jerseys” will be worn by both the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets in at least one of their four match ups during the upcoming NBA season. So far these are the only two teams involved. Ironically they are the two teams with the most players with nicknames.
Heat guard Ray Allen, who would wear the nickname “Shuttlesworth” said the jerseys would symbolize growth in the league.
“It shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us. And we’re still kids, playings a kids’ game. Even though we’re now men playing a kids’ game, we still remember where we come from. Everybody had a nickname, and it’s a way to let the fans in a little bit more.”
Players have been asked to submit the nicknames they would want to wear on their jersey.
“King James”, “The Truth”, “The Big Ticket”, “D-Wade” will be some of the names on jerseys. Other players, like Shane Battier, pretty much have to make up a nickname and others may run into copyright-related issues with their suggested nicknames.
It will be interesting if to see what players come up with if the “nickname jerseys” are extended throughout the NBA. Maybe players will let the fans pick their names.