The 2013-14 matchups between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets figure to be some of the best in the NBA. There are only a handful of teams in the Eastern conference who have a realistic chance of knocking off the Heat this season and the Nets are one of them. With a new-look roster filled with veteran talent and Jason Kidd now running the show, the Nets will almost certainly be a playoff team. On paper, I’m still giving the edge to the defending champs, but Brooklyn figures to make things a little more interesting than they did a season ago.
The NBA clearly realizes the importance of the Heat/Nets rivalry this upcoming season and it looks like they may add a little extra flair by letting the teams wear new uniforms. It’s not yet officially confirmed but ‘nickname’ jerseys could be worn by both teams for all four regular season matchups this season. That means Lebron James would simply be ‘King James’ during each of the games.
Ray Allen, aka Shuttlesworth, had this to say on nickname jerseys:
“It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us. 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.”
While the old school in me hates this idea, I get it. Allen is right, nearly every pro ball player has a nickname and it would be kind of cool to see some of the lesser known players’ nicknames. We’ll have to wait and see if the NBA makes the call to go ahead with this idea.