Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 12:25 pm  |  72 responses

NBA Considers Using Nicknames on Jerseys

The Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat players will sport nicknames on their backs in at least one of their matchups this upcoming season. From NBA.com:

“King James, Jesus Shuttlesworth, The Truth and KG may be headed to the backs of NBA jerseys.

Some members of the Miami Heat have been told the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear “nickname jerseys” in at least one of their four matchups this season. The NBA has not announced the plan, but teams apparently have been aware of the likelihood of it happening for at least several weeks.

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 if they would ever wear them against other opponents.”

Reactions are mixed, with some players excited about the idea, and others not so much:

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  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    But why?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • cheshire

    I feel indifferent about this… but for sure having “Jesus” on a jersey would probably cause some commotion. I have the Pistol’s jersey and I think if everyone did it in the NBA then it wouldn’t be too unique, I mean Pete earned that moniker and he never demanded to have it on his back so that’s respect. But nbk is right, it’s all about the greens

  • LLC#12

    Seems a bit lame to me really. I can’t imagine ever wanting to use a nickname over my actual name (apart from to post these comments, ironically). Surely only like half the players in the NBA have well-known nicknames anyway, what are they gonna do for everyone else, just make something up? If LeBron agreed to have “King James” on his back, he’d gain multiple d-bag points.

  • iDavidAMGoliath

    They should put the nicknames on the warmups like back in the day.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    its just a dope idea….

  • anon

    I kinda always wanted to see Ray play a game in a Shuttlesworth jersey. It’d be like seeing the sequel to He Got Game.

    But does Bosh get one with BOSHTRICH on the back?

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    I’m with Kendall Marshall on this one.

  • Dfrance

    I think its a silly idea, its just another way for the NBA to sell a jersey to the person that already has one. And what do you do for players without “known” nicknames? Do they get to make one up, do they just use their regular name?

  • danpowers

    somewhere out there nene shrugs his shoulders

  • Max

    I’d order a Boobie shirt right away.

  • Rockwell

    They shouldn’t allow lame nicknames like “CB-4″ or “CP-3.” Those “nicknames” are just lazy and lack any semblance of creativity or originality. The only cool nickname with player’s initials and numbers was AK-47 for Andrei Kirilenko.

  • bike

    “Bust, Overrated, Overpaid, and Dickhead” may also headed to the backs of NBA jerseys for those players deemed by fans to be deserving.

  • anon

    It’d be fun if the fans got to vote for who and what gets on a jersey.

    I want to see a dude come out the tunnel wearing a “Locker Room Cancer” jersey LOL

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Maybe for fan apparel only.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Makes sense. Follow the money trail.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    I have a feeling the NBA is going to immediately regret this decision. First jerseys with sleeves and now nicknames? Soon players will be able to live tweet during games.

  • Saku 39

    I imagine as a next move the Hawks will sign Hot Sauce and Mike Breen will start calling games while walking on the court with a live microphone.

  • spit hot fiyah

    might cause some reaction. Jesus is not an uncommon name in many parts of the world though

  • ralf turka

    This article is bitter sweet. For example It would be cool to see Kobe’s jersey say black mamba on it. But in reality it wouldn’t be professional basketball anymore it would be street ball. It would be nice if they had it once a year like the Latin night. But I would be very disappointed as an NBA fan to see silly nicknames on professional jerseys.

  • Wings23

    I want to see Le Machine lol

  • Anthony

    Only more (ummmm) mature NBA fans that pay for their jerseys can see this is a $ making ploy by the new commish. To younger fans this is just something to add to their Christmas wishlist for mom/dad.
    And to Kendall, I see your point cause your nickname that’s KNOWN in the L is…..? (riiiiight…)
    UNCheater cornball….smh

  • Evan Boland

    Lakers, Heat, Brooklyn, Spurs should have this.

  • Mariah

    Kendall is just mad that he’s too irrevelant to even have a nickname



  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    I want the “Wedgie” home jersey.


    No he isnt… Overrated is still available

  • shockexchange

    LOL. You guys are cold blooded.


    Gonna be a lot of egos on display with this idea

  • Spru

    Charlie Villanueva gets Cancer Patient

  • bike

    One one condition. Shockexchange picks the nicknames.

  • therichardkirby

    Lol @ Kendall Marshall tweeting about it like he’s gonna see the court…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Wedgie Evans unavailable for comment.

  • shockexchange

    If the Shock Exchange hands out nicknames he’ll end up in the witness protection program. New Hampshire’s pretty nice this time of year.

  • 23

    He hasn’t worn #4 in 4 years

  • Dfrance

    So is Splinter.

  • Dfrance

    It was “Cancer to your team and the League”, and that can’t fit on the back of a jersey pal.

  • mike

    seems cool , if it’s only for a night or two , helps generate money, stimulate the economy. It does seem silly , but just as silly as adding “LOS” and “EL” ie Los Suns, El Heat , El Magic to try and say its supporting Latin heritage

  • Stepfan Raiford

    hahahaha He tweets a lot when he should be focusing on his mid range/ pull up jumper.

  • spit hot fiyah

    also probably doesn’t have a nickname

  • Smits#45

    Exactly, what’s next? Brooklyngrad?

  • Dfrance

    At least there is a whole program of events behind the Noche Latina thing, in addition to the Latin Heritage jersey money grab.

    This nickname thing would literally serve no purpose at all.

  • Ryan Seavey

    terrible idea

  • Saleem Rainman

    me too.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Awful idea ,but an “Iceberg Slim” jersey would be great. Or one that said something silly like I don’t know.. “World Peace”.

  • shockexchange

    Stop. You really didn’t have to take it there.

  • boooooss

    that’s why it’s CB4

  • The Fury

    Jeff Van Gundy will have a field day commenting games if this happens.

  • Toner83

    How about “The C Word”?

  • Tim


  • Conor

    What do you think is going to happen this Sunday?

    Walt barely managed to lift the 100k parcel atop his fencepost, so I doubt the assault rifle is the denouement of his final plan…

  • Conor

    Don’t customizable jerseys already exist?

    The N.B.A. really is devolving into a W.W.E.-esque experience. I guarantee that Bryant, Garnett, and Duncan won’t miss the League they’re leaving. The game, certainly, but not the enterprise.

  • shockexchange

    At a minimum, Walt’s gonna catch the fade with several of the people who have wronged him.

  • Conor

    Agreed. The pill is either a contingency in the event of capture or is intended for Lydia, imo.

    So long as Todd is exploded by Jesse in some way or another, my fictionalized bloodlust will be satisfied.

  • henrik comolli

    true enough…..¬ ViewMore—————————-.qr.net/kY6a

  • Ugh

    I came up with the idea for nicknames on All Star jerseys several years ago, and wrote about it on here. I can’t find the post now, but apparently David Silver did. Royalty check, please.

    Also, the nickname things is totally appropriate for the All Star game, and should happen. For regular season games, not so much a fan. Also, the NBA has already done this: http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln732xIlyN1qbxp0io1_500.jpg

  • shockexchange

    Somebody needs to roll up on Todd unannounced. He’s the most hated character on TV, second only to Joffrey of Game of Thrones, of course.


    then what do you wanna call him?

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s “Butter” because in college he spread it (the ball) around… Kendall is actually my fav player on the Suns now…… :-/

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Actually you picking the nicnames would be awesome… imagine the follow on effects, at some point they would have to start using them in 2K15… black rick flair inbounds to… the kang! Stolen by horry jr….


    Yes for the all star game, otherwise no no no no.

  • nixon

    I raise your boshtrich with a Boshasaurus!

  • Vince

    Villanueva doesn’t actually get to see the court.

  • LLC#12

    Lydia, Todd, Walt, Uncle Jack, Uncle Jacks men..the list of characters I want to see die is too long for one episode!

  • shockexchange

    LOL … Horry Jr goes in for the layup … hard foul by black rick flair. Uh oh, Horry Jr has a broken nose. *Welp* ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsGIQsK48U0 )

  • pposse

    i loved the last scene of the last episode where they showed the shot of liquor untouched at the very end…to me it symbolized ‘one last shot’ for Walt.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    I woulda credited SE

  • Interdico Scriptor

    SE. Where’s the Wade/Flair reference coming from? I figured BRFlair was Shaq w/ that stupid wig from Shaqtin the fool. I can’t see the resemblace w/ Wade.
    BUT if u come up w/ one for LBJ I tells ya I’ll use it EVERYTIME
    Rodmans Stylist?
    Black Jason Statham (the hair)
    Pink Mamba?
    help me here… I’m reaching
    Stern’s help (too far???)

  • Conor

    Perfect description.

    The theme music playing after he’d become enraged at his true scientific genius having been discredited by the G.M. execs, I thought, indicated that he was breaking his bad habits to redeem at least a part of the soul he once had.

  • pposse

    but did you hear how he mumbled to his son..he was saying if he can’t accept this money then everything he did would have been all for nothing. I have a theory of whats going to happen, doubt its going to happen as nothing on this show ever truly happens the way its envisioned, but those top guns at ‘GrayMatter’ will be in for a surprise

  • Conor

    Walter White died when Junior rejected his life, but Heisenberg will scrape the proverbial barrel for whatever good he can muster.

    It will be incredible if he could somehow expose their lies, but I think their interlude on Charlie Rose was meant to be a catalyst for the endgame. I don’t see how he could reach them, but like you said… it’s unpredictable (though I did guess last summer that he returned after being discovered by Hank to save Jesse/Skylar from the Nazis; I’m wrong the other 95% of the time though, hahaha).

  • JAMiller