The NBA is yet to release the dates for these scheduled “Nickname Games,” but multiple players from each team were asked to submit the names they would like to have on the back of their jerseys. Amongst them were “King James” for LeBron James, “The Truth” for Paul Pierce, “Three” for Dwyane Wade (referring to his number and the number of championship rings he possesses), and “KG” as the initials for Kevin Garnett.
“It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us,” said Ray Allen, who plans to wear “Jesus Shuttlesworth” on the back of his jersey in commemoration of the character he played in the Spike Lee film, “He Got Game.”
The Heat and Nets will face-off four times this season, twice in Brooklyn on Nov. 1 and Jan. 10, and twice in Miami on Mar. 12 and Apr. 8. Nov. 1 is the third game of the Heat season and would be a great way to start off another chapter in this growing rivalry.
One’s thing for sure, this will boost jersey sales immensely and will add a tad bit of fun to this very serious competition.
“Fans will like it and so will a lot of the players,” Allen said. “Guys will get a good kick out of it.”