Don’t look now but you might be seeing “King James” or “Shuttlesworth” on the back of LeBron James or Ray Allen next season as the NBA has tossed around the idea of putting nicknames on the back of jerseys for a game.
Fox Sports Florida via the Associated Press has more details on the NBA pursuit to put nicknames on the back of 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.
“It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us,” said Allen, the Heat guard who plans to wear Shuttlesworth on his jersey, a nod to his character from the He Got Game film. “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.”
I’ll be honest, buying or wearing a “Jesus Shuttlesworth” sounds pretty awesome…
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