The NBA is full of personalities. Attached to those stand outs are nicknames that help define a player’s style, skill set, overall character on the court or just a cool way to shorten their government name. Now Dwayne Wade will forever be called “D-Wade”, Paul Pierce is simply “The Truth” and Lebron has solidified his spot as “King James”. Surprisingly, the league might soon be embracing those informal monikers more as they are considering putting nicknames on the back of player jerseys.
According to ESPN, the NBA has asked the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets to submit their preferred nick names as it is rumored both teams will wear “nickname” jerseys to one of their four match ups throughout the 2013-2014 season. Heat Point Guard Ray Allen has expressed early excitement about the possible name changes.
“We’re still kids, playing 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.” Allen told ESPN. Ray intends on using “Shuttlesworth” as his choice which is the name of his character from He Got Game.
Kendall Marshall of the Phoenix Suns thinks differently. “Not of a fan of the nickname idea. Having your last name on the back of your jersey isn’t just representing yourself, but your family as well,” Marshall stated yesterday (September 23) through twitter.
Click through the following pages to see some mock ups of the “nickname” jerseys and let us know in the comments section if you are you feeling these or rather the uniforms remain the same.
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