Posted January 11, 2014

Photos: Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets debut ‘nickname jerseys’ at Barclays Center

Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat
(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Heat forward LeBron James sports his “King James” nickname jersey. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Yes, they actually went through with it.

The Heat and Nets debuted their “nickname jerseys” during Brooklyn’s 104-95 double overtime victory at the Barclays Center on Friday.

Although Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Greg Oden, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez all missed out on the fun due to various injuries, all 20 players that saw court time donned nicknames, rather than their last names, on the back of their jerseys.

All the easily recognizable nicknames for both teams were present: LeBron James wore “King James,” Ray Allen wore “J. Shuttlesworth” (a reference to his famous Jesus Shuttlesworth character in the movie He Got Game), Chris Andersen wore “Birdman,” Kevin Garnett wore “Big Ticket,” Paul Pierce wore “Truth,” and Jason Terry wore “Jet.”

(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Nets forward/center Kevin Garnett wears his “Big Ticket” nickname jersey. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

After months of teasing and a few leaked images, both teams unveiled their full list of “nickname jerseys” this week (see below). 

Check out the following gallery of nickname jersey images from before and during the game, including custom uniforms for ESPN broadcasters Mike Breen (“Gray Mamba”) and Jeff Van Gundy (“Notorious JVG”).

Here’s the full list of nickname jerseys for both teams, including players that didn’t suit up.

Miami Heat

Ray Allen | J. Shuttlesworth
Chris Andersen | Birdman
Joel Anthony | Doc
Shane Battier | Battle
Michael Beasley | B Easy
Chris Bosh | CB
Mario Chalmers | Rio
Norris Cole | Cole Train
Udonis Haslem | UD
LeBron James | King James
James Jones | JJ
Rashard Lewis |  Sweet Lew
Roger Mason, Jr. | Moneymase
Greg Oden | G.O.
Dwyane Wade | D. Wade

Brooklyn Nets

Andray Blatche | Dray Live
Andrei Kirilenko | Кириленко
Alan Anderson | Double
Brook Lopez | Brooklyn
Deron Williams | D-Will
Jason Terry | JET
Joe Johnson | JJ
Kevin Garnett | Big Ticket
Mason Plumlee | Plums
Mirza Teletovic | MT3
Paul Pierce | Truth
Reggie Evans | Joker
Shaun Livingston | S Dot
Tornike Shengelia | Tokomotiv
Tyshawn Taylor | Tee_Y

Unfortunately, James Jones received a DNP-CD, thereby preventing a match-up between James “JJ” Jones and Joe “JJ” Johnson.

The Heat plan to wear the nickname jerseys two more times: Jan. 21 against the Celtics and April 8 against the Nets.

Brooklyn improved to 15-21 with their fifth straight win. Miami dropped to 27-10 with their second straight loss.

Announcers jerseys photo via @Jose3030 

6 comments
SukMadiq
SukMadiq

Great idea, worked so well for the XFL!

SukMadiq
SukMadiq

Greg Oden = G.O.?   how about "closed for repairs"


Rashard Lewis = "I got your money, now I suck"


Deron Williams = "Slug"


Garnett = "Big dissapointment"

SukMadiq
SukMadiq

Kobe wore "2 minute rapist"

MikeSickzRodriguez
MikeSickzRodriguez

D. WADE????? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE "FLASH" OR ATLEAST "OMG" OR WHATEVER HE STARTED CALLING HIMSELF BUT D. WADE?????. #Sheez #LAKESHOW #BROWNMAMBAMIKE

HabibSalimThomas
HabibSalimThomas

Why is everyone so upset and stuffy about this? It was only for ONE NIGHT people. RELAX. Some of you sound like a bunch of old grumpy men. Its still ENTERTAINMENT and yes its about money. The last time I checked tickets, jerseys, etc werent free remember? 


Stop finding things to be outraged about. I for one like when these no fun leagues, actually have...GASP....fun. Who knew. 


Its not killing the NBA if two teams wear nickname jerseys so please stop with the sky is falling crap.

DukeNukem
DukeNukem

Stupidest thing I've seen in sports in a while.