Posted January 07, 2014

Heat unveil ‘nickname jerseys’ for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, rest of roster

Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Ray Allen
(Heat.com)

Nicknames jerseys for LeBron James (left), Dwyane Wade (middle) and Ray Allen (right). (Heat.com)

After months of teasing and a few leaked images, the Heat have unveiled their full list of “nickname jerseys” that will be worn for the first time on Friday when they visit the Nets in Brooklyn.

Many of the nicknames were expected (“King James” for LeBron James, “D. Wade” for Dwyane Wade and “Birdman” for Chris Andersen) and some had been announced earlier (J. Shuttlesworth for Ray Allen, a nod to his famous portrayal of Jesus Shuttlesworth in He Got Game). Still, Miami had a few surprises up its sleeve, as all 15 players — even Greg Oden, who hasn’t played during the regular season — got their own custom threads.

The Heat are currently selling the “Name Collection” jerseys online, and they released images of the nickname jerseys in Miami’s home white uniform style, which can be seen below.

Here’s the full list with jersey number, player name and the nickname that will appear on their back of the jersey.

#34 Ray Allen | J. Shuttlesworth
#11 Chris Andersen | Birdman
#50 Joel Anthony | Doc
#31 Shane Battier | Battle
#8 Michael Beasley | B Easy
#1 Chris Bosh | CB
#15 Mario Chalmers | Rio
#30 Norris Cole | Cole Train
#40 Udonis Haslem | UD
#6 LeBron James | King James
#22 James Jones | JJ
#9 Rashard Lewis |  Sweet Lew
#21 Roger Mason, Jr. | Moneymase
#20 Greg Oden | G.O.
#3 Dwyane Wade | D. Wade

As if we needed any more proof that NBA nicknames generally lack in originality, 12 of the 15 nicknames are related to the player’s initials or his last name.

Brooklyn has also unveiled a number of the nickname jerseys to be worn by its players. Here’s a partial list gleaned from the team’s website…

Nickname jerseys for Kevin Garnett (left), Paul Pierce (center) and Deron Williams (right). (Nets.com)

Nickname jerseys for Kevin Garnett (left), Paul Pierce (center) and Deron Williams (right). (Nets.com)

#30 Reggie Evans | Joker
#2 Kevin Garnett | The Big Ticket
#7 Joe Johnson | JJ
#47 Andrei Kirilenko | Кириленко
# 11 Brook Lopez | Brooklyn
#34 Paul Pierce | Truth
# 1 Mason Plumlee | Plums
#31 Jason Terry | Jet
#8 Deron Williams | D-Will

The Heat will wear the nickname jerseys three times: Friday against the Nets, Jan. 21 against the Celtics, and April 8 against the Nets.

12 comments
Plainview
Plainview

I think I like how the NBA does things because they treat basketball as what it is: a game.  Lots of fun things. 

The MLB and NFL take themselves too seriously.  These jerseys are hilarious.  


With that kind of attitude, however, comes an occasional lack of professionalism from its players.  Such is a tough balance.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

How is "D. Wade" a nickname?

iamtheai
iamtheai

I love the nickname think sure way to go guys, I love that

Ergie
Ergie

I like Kirilenko's.

MarkBritten
MarkBritten

Soccer allows this all the time (see Xavier Hernandez having "Chicarito" on his jersey for Man U)

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

Flagrant fouls issued like parking tickets, referees making 5 minute long call reviews, flopping as rampant as chlamydia.  Now this?  Are they trying to make this game unwatchable?

youngbuck
youngbuck

And the NBA continues to be a joke. 

christiancnv
christiancnv

Javier* Hernandez is Chicharito. Xavier Hernandez plays for Barcelona and plays with the nickname Xavi on his shirt.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@ShawnKemp2012


Genuine sports fans are too busy watching THE ACTUAL SPORT to care as much as you do about something as trivial as the collection of letters on the back of a player's jersey.  So long as as I know who I'm looking at, I couldn't care less what alias is stitched on the back of the jersey, and neither should you.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

My comment was on the state of the ACTUAL SPORT, mr poo face.