Should the NBA allow teams to have nicknames on jerseys instead of the players' actual names? Watch the debate.
Here's a hypothetical for you to consider.
What if the NBA asked teams to use a player's nickname on the back of his jersey instead of his last name? So, what if Glen Davis had "Big Baby" on the back of his jersey instead of "Davis?"
It's not going to happen with the Orlando Magic this season or maybe ever. But league officials reportedly are considering having the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets players wear their individual nicknames on their jersey backs in at least one of the four Heat-Nets games this season.
Heat and Nets players reportedly were asked to submit the nicknames they would like on their jerseys.
What do you think of the idea?
Heat guard Ray Allen supports it.
"We're still kids, playing a kids' game,” Allen told The Associated Press. “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."
But at least one player, Kendall Marshall of the Phoenix Suns, doesn't like the idea.
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— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) September 23, 2013
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.
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.— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) September 23, 2013