Some members of the Miami Heat organization have been told the NBA is considering allowing them and the Brooklyn Nets to wear jerseys with nicknames in at least one of the teams' four matchups next season.
The NBA has not announced the plan, but teams apparently have been aware of the likelihood of it happening for at least several weeks. Players were asked to submit which names they would like on these potential jerseys.
"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."
Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James is expected to wear "King James." Heat guard Dwyane Wade would have any number of nicknames to choose from, with "Three" — both his jersey number and championship-ring total — being his current favorite. Shane Battier said he'll go with "Shaneo."
Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce has been called "The Truth" for many years, and fellow new Nets forward Kevin Garnett has long been known by his initials.
"Fans will like it and so will a lot of the players," Allen said. "Guys will get a good kick out of it."