In a move that is probably or pretty much MOST LIKELY money-motivated, the NBA is rumored to be considering a special game between the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets would wear jerseys with their “nicknames”. For example, Ray Allen would trade his last name for a jersey that says “Jesus Shuttlesworth”. And Lebron would maybe have a jersey that has “King James” on it and etc.
For now, only the Heat and the Nets would be taking part. It’s unclear how many times those teams would wear the nickname jerseys or whether they would ever wear them against other opponents.
“It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us,” said Ray Allen, the Heat guard who plans to wear “Shuttlesworth” on his jersey, a nod to his character from the film “He Got Game.” “And 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.”
Players were asked to submit what names they would want on the jerseys.
Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James is expected to wear “King James.” Heat guard Dwyane Wade would have any number of nicknames to choose from, with “Three” — both his jersey number and championship-ring total — being his current favorite. He also could go with his more commonly known name, “D-Wade.”
While a lot of people have been crying foul over this possible move, as a fan, I think that it just adds a different “cool factor” to the NBA and then gives an opportunity to purchase these limited “nicknamed” jerseys.