Twitter Reaction to Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets’ Nickname Uniforms

The Miami Heat are facing the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center. For Brooklyn, it is a chance to back up their Nov. 1 victory over Miami, extend their four-game winning streak and tie Charlotte for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. If they lose, they will fall back into a tie with the hated Knicks.

For Miami…well, they can get some pretty good pizza.

But nevermind all that, because nickname uniforms are here! Both Brooklyn and Miami are sporting uniforms with the traditional surname replaced with a catchy nickname.

The rosters, if you please.

For Miami:

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”

For Brooklyn:

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

D-Will? D.Wade? JJ? The other JJ? Some of these nicknames are pretty weak, and Twitter has taken notice.

Many fans and writers were looking for better nicknames.

The biggest news is the return of film star Jesus Shuttlesworth, whose spirit will once again inhabit the body of Miami’s Ray Allen. Shuttleworth’s director in the 1998 film “He Got Game,” Spike Lee, has reportedly been in talks with Allen to make a sequel. Whatever the case, Lee certainly looks excited to see his old pal take the court again.

Per ESPN and Sports Illustrated‘s Brian Mahoney:

Does Spike Lee understand that Jesus Shuttlesworth isn’t a real person?

Per Mahoney, Allen was more interested using Shuttlesworth‘s first name on his jersey, but the NBA intervened:

If “Jesus” nicknames aren’t allowed, does that mean former Spurs big Fabricio Raul Jesus Oberto could use his middle name on his jersey?

Nickname Night doesn’t only involve movies. Not one, but two members of the Heat lost their battle to wear superhero nicknames. According to Deadspin, Shane Battier wanted to wear a “Batman” jersey, but that would have been a trademark violation. Battier’s teammate, Dwyane Wade, also ran into some trouble with the DC Comics people.

Per Turner Sports’ Ethan J. Skolnick:

Neither Wade nor Battier are playing tonight, but at least Battier is trying to have a little bit of fun on this rare occasion.

Brooklyn big Mason Plumlee also ran into trademark trouble—this time, courtesy of a rapper.

Per Andrew Keh of The New York Times:

And so a nation of disappointed basketball fans lament the fact that they missed their chance to see an NBA player with a dollar sign on his jersey. “Plums” is still a pretty cool nickname; perhaps Plumlee should start using it more often.

And then there are the nickname problems that have are completely inexplicable. Joe Johnson has no idea why his nickname was turned down in favor of the bland, generic “JJ.”

There are two JJ’s facing off tonight, with Brooklyn’s Joe John facing Miami’s James Jones. Perhaps it should be “Tippy Toe Joe” vs. “Tippy Toe James” instead.

Heat forward Michael Beasley went with “B Easy,” much to the chagrin of fans who wanted him to use his Internet nickname.

Of all these players, perhaps none have a stronger association with his own nickname that Chris “Birdman” Anderson. He might be the one player in the NBA whose nickname is more well-known than his actual name.

Even ESPN announcers Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy got into the act, holding up their own personalized nickname jerseys.

Per SB Nation:

Jeff Van Gundy in a Heat jersey? Millions of Knicks fans just threw up in their mouths.

Other NBA teams, not content to cede the spotlight, are also trying to get into the act. Here is the Portland Trail Blazers’ best attempt.

At halftime, the Nets’ nicknames hold a 53-45 advantage over the Heat’s nicknames.

 

 

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Under Armour Lets Northwestern Basketball Players Design Their Uniforms

Darren Rovell shared photos of Under Armour’s design for Northwestern’s basketball uniforms, which their players reportedly designed to include whatever they wanted. 

The uniforms feature lots of writing, including words and phrases such as “Pound the Rock,” “Expect to Win” and “Family.” There are also pictures of a barbecue, headphones, a hashtag and a casino chip. 

While the shorts in particular are very busy, this might be very distracting for opponents, which is a plus for the Wildcats.

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Are New York Knicks’ Hideous Orange Uniforms Cursed?

When all else fails, blame the pumpkin-colored sarks.

Superstitious fans seeking answers for the New York Knicks‘ latest embarrassment—a 41-point loss at home to the rebuilding Boston Celtics—have found one:

Orange, carroty uniforms.

Before you laugh, remember the Knicks are 0-6 when donning traffic-cone-colored duds, and that they’re desperate for an explanation as to why they have the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks themselves refused to blame their inept efforts on their blinding attire.

“No, I’m not a superstitious guy,” Carmelo Anthony said afterward, per the New York Daily News Peter Botte. ”I won’t blame it on the 12 o’clock game, I won’t blame it on the orange uniforms. Regardless, we could’ve been in the white uniforms today, it’d still been the same thing.”

I find myself torn between respecting ‘Melo for refusing to blame the loss on his clothes and startled that he seemed resigned to the Knicks losing no matter what.

Let’s go with respect, since it’s unlikely a 5-14 record is enough to kill Anthony’s faith entirely.

But while the Knicks wouldn’t blame the loss on their game-day garb, they are aware of the facts.

Point guard Raymond Felton cringed at the sight of orange jerseys the night before when they were mistakenly placed in the players’ lockers. Felton would later say he was kidding, according to Botte, but perhaps some of the Knicks are more superstitious than ‘Melo.

If that’s the case, the Knicks are permitted to ditch the uniforms, per the New York Post‘s Marc Berman:

If he wishes, the eccentric (James) Dolan can forever shelve those new alternate orange jerseys after the Knicks fell to 0-6 in the uniforms with Sunday’s 114-73 disgrace to Boston at the Garden.

According to an NBA official, the Knicks have now fulfilled the minimum requirement for the number of times they have to wear the brand new, all-orange jerseys that appear as haunted as Halloween.

The NBA official told The Post the Knicks can wear the uniforms a maximum of 18 times this season and no fewer than six times under league rules.

We’re torn once again.

On the one hand, wearing the Halloween-themed costumes is a savvy marketing ploy. Fans who have no problem walking under ladders, break mirrors on the regular and breed black cats could find them fashionable enough to splurge on.

On the other hand, the Knicks are 0-6, and owner James Dolan is an impulsive, often unpredictable fellow. The Knicks City Dancers have already been roasted by his barbecue of terror—the creamsicle tunics could be next.

Blaming New York’s poor play on wardrobe selections is insane, regardless of how you spin it. Unless those orange garments are doused in made-field-goals-be-gone potion beforehand, all losses must be attributed to the players.

In the interest of distancing themselves from any and all horrific basketball, though, why not abandon them altogether? It would put Felton, and presumably other Knicks, at ease.

Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage would also be able to ride again.

 

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University of Kentucky Unveils New Uniforms with Chrome Lettering

The Kentucky Wildcats’ basketball team is getting in on the chrome trend that has already swept college football.

The Nike Hyper Elite jerseys feature chrome lettering across the chest and along the side of the shorts.

What do you think of these?

Hat tip to Lost Lettermen for the find.

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The University of Kentucky Unveils New Uniforms with Chrome Lettering

The Kentucky Wildcats’ basketball team is getting in on the chrome trend that has already swept college football.

The Nike Hyper Elite jerseys feature chrome lettering across the chest and along the side of the shorts.

What do you think of these? 

Hat tip to Lost Letterman for the find. 

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Wake Forest Basketball Team Wearing Pink Shoes and Uniforms for Cancer Awareness

The Wake Forest men’s basketball team will wear pink uniforms and shoes for its 7:00 p.m. ET matchup vs. Tulane on Wednesday.

The idea is to raise awareness for cancer as part of the program’s “Make a Difference” game. All proceeds will go directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

 

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Turquoise uniforms for Native American Heritage Month

Florida State, New Mexico, Oregon State and Nevada will wear unis in November.

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See Oregon, Georgetown’s patriotic uniforms

The teams are traveling to South Korea for a game.

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Oregon and Georgetown Unveil Camo Uniforms and Shoes for South Korea Game

No. 19 Oregon will take on Georgetown in South Korea on Friday, and the teams will be wearing these camouflage uniforms from Nike and Jordan, Darren Rovell reports. 

The Ducks will wear matching Nike Hyperdunks, while the Hoyas will sport customized Air Jordan XX8s.

 

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Carmelo Anthony models New York Knicks’ new orange uniforms (photo/video)

On Friday, a photo surfaced on the interwebs of New York Knicks All-Star guard Carmelo Anthony modeling the team’s new alternate uniform, and if there’s one thing that can be said about them, it’s that they are very … orange. Super orange, even. As in simply by looking at the unis one receives the recommended […]The post Carmelo Anthony models New York Knicks’ new orange uniforms (photo/video) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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