Last names are so over. The NBA is reportedly entertaining the possibility of allowing the Miami Heat to display nicknames on the back of their jersey for at least one game against the Brooklyn Nets next season -- probably because finding an excuse to offer a new limited edition LeBron jersey is too good of a merchandizing opportunity to pass up. Still, this could lead to a lot of fun.
According to the Associated Press, the details are unclear but the experiment would only extend to the Heat and Nets. A few Heat players have already announced what name they intend to wear.
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- Ray Allen would go with "Shuttlesworth," the name of a character he played in He Got Game.
- Shane Battier originally wanted to go with "Batman," but copyright law prevented that. Instead he'll go with "Shaneo." Apparently he'll forgo using the nickname he's known under in China, "Mr. President."
- LeBron would be "King James," which, duh.
- Dwyane Wade has more nicknames than he has pocket squares, including "D-Wade," "Flash," "MV3," and, uh, "WOW." Apparently he's leaning toward "Three," as in both his jersey number and his championship ring count.
Though not confirmed, other Heat players have obvious nicknames as well. Chris Andersen is obviously "Birdman." Udonis Haslem is known locally as "The Mayor." Michael Beasley already has "Super Cool Beas" tattooed on his back. Norris Cole was known as "Chuck Norris Cole" in college. Mario Chalmers is affectionately known as "Rio." Jim Jones prefers "JHoops" (the H is silent).
Chris Bosh was known as "CB4" in Toronto, but he no longer wears the number four. We hope to the sports gods that he just goes ahead with either "Raptor" or "Boshtrich."