The Chosen One. Flash. Boshasaurus Rex. All of these nicknames and more could wind up on the backs of Miami Heat jerseys sometime soon.
Members of the Miami organization were told back in September that the NBA was considering having the Heat and Nets wear "nickname jerseys" sometime during the 2013-14 season, per the Associated Press (via NBA.com).
"And we're still kids, playing a kids' game," Ray Allen said at the time. "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."
Per the AP report, Allen planned to wear "Shuttlesworth" (hold the Jesus) on the back of his uniform, while LeBron James was expected to roll with "King James."
Now that it's official, though, I'm hoping players get a little more creative with it. Handles like "King James" are so plain. Playing with "The Chosen One" on his back would be a more interesting route for LeBron to take. It also frees him up to sew a little Anakin Skywalker patch onto his jersey as well.
It's unclear if the NBA will make this an option to other teams. Though the Nets were mentioned in September, other teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks, among others, were noticeably absent.
Personally, I hope the Golden State Warriors enter the mix, provided they can fit "Baby-Faced Assassin" on Stephen Curry's back. And who wouldn't want to purchase a Lakers jersey featuring "Black Mamba," "Vino" or "Death-Stare Extraordinaire" scrawled across it?
"Fans will like it and so will a lot of the players," Allen said of the jerseys, via the AP. "Guys will get a good kick out of it."
As will the NBA. Their revenue reports, that is.
I can already hear commissioner David Stern and commissioner-to-be Adam Silver humming along to the sound of widespread "cha-chings."
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