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In a move reminiscent of the antics of Bill Veeck during his tenure as head man in charge of the Chicago White Sox, two of the more buzzed-about franchises in the NBA – the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets – will sport players’ nicknames on the back of jerseys during at least one meeting between the teams next year. Expect names like King James, Jesus Shuttlesworth, The Truth and KG – all league-approved options to be likely choices. AP reports, “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.” Here’s hoping Brian Scalabrine comes out of retirement so he can sport “white mamba.”

Words by Alec Banks
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Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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