Nicknames on the backs of NBA jerseys? Are we all ready for mayhem here at the UniBlog in the best kind of way? The NBA might just give us too much to chew on for one season if the league’s discussion becomes reality. adidas has taken it upon itself to introduce more and more sleeved jerseys into the game for the upcoming season. The Suns have unveiled totally revamped logos and threads. The Lakers will eschew their traditional uniforms in favor of a “Hollywood Nights” line of all-black alternates at various points next season.
None of these changes, however, hold a candle to what ESPN is reporting the NBA is considering for one of the meetings between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets next season.
Remember “He Hate Me” in the XFL? Well, the league is thinking about letting its players put similar nicknames on the backs of their jerseys.
Players from both teams have already been asked to submit the nicknames they might like to see stitched into the jerseys. Future Hall of Famer Ray Allen, for one, is excited about the idea.
“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.”
We all know what Jesus Shuttlesworth pulled off in Game 6 of last season’s NBA Finals – of course the guy is going to be pumped. Some guys, unfortunately, aren’t going to be quite as excited.
Shane Battier, for example, was hoping to go by the name of “Batman.” However, copyright issues mean he has submitted “Shaneo” instead. Other players also dealt with copyrights to their nicknames.
Those guy will just have to work harder to get their alter egos lined up. Dwayne Wade may not be able to go by “Flash” for the same reason as Battier, but “Three,” is still an option after he won his third ring this past year.
It’s already going to be odd for basketball fans to see Paul Pierce in a Nets jersey. How bizarre will it be to see him wearing “The Truth” on the back of it?
Then again, it just might be baller.
Are you pumped for this idea, or does it feel like too much of a gimmick to you? Let us know in the comments section below!
[H/T: SB Nation]