“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 several nicknames to choose from: “Three” — both his jersey number and championship-ring total — being his current favorite, or he could go with “Flash”. Udonis Haslem will probably go with “UD”. Micheal Beasley has been called “B-Easy” and “SuperCoolBeas” in the past. Shane Battier said he’ll go with “Shaneo.” Mario Chalmers is often called “Rio”.
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 “KG”. Andrei Kirilenko has a popular nickname in “AK47″.
“Fans will like it and so will a lot of the players,” Allen said. “Guys will get a good kick out of it.”