NBA propose nicknames on jerseys

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The National Baskeball Association have informed Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets players that they are considering to have them wear jerseys featuring their nicknames this season.

Although the current details are sketchy, ESPN are reporting that only the Heat and Nets would wear these jerseys, and that the players have been asked to submit their own nicknames.

It is unclear how many times they would wear these jerseys, or whether they would wear them against other teams.

Miami Heat's LeBron James is expected to wear 'King James' on the back of his jersey, while Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce could wear 'The Truth'.

Reaction to this proposal has had mixed reception amongst players. Heat guard Ray Allen - nicknamed 'Shuttlesworth' - says it shows fans the players are still in touch with their roots:

"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."

"Fans will like it, and so will a lot of the players," Allen said. "Guys will get a good kick out of it."

While Allen is positive about the proposal, the Pheonix Suns' Kendall Marshall took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. He said:

"Not of a fan of the nickname idea. Having your last name on the back of your jersey isn't just representing yourself, but your family as well.

"The nickname makes it more about the individual. It's still a team sport. Represent your team, your family, and go out there and play."

The Nets and Heat are two of the pre-season favourites to win their Eastern Conference division.

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