The NBA is full of nicknames, and for better or worse once a player gets saddled with a new monicker, it always seems to stick. It's hard to shake it even if it's just a lame initials-jersey number combination that's so prevalent today.
That being said, I'm not in the boat of people who say that nicknames in the NBA are dead.
With nicknames like Corey "Bad Porn" Maggette, Joel "Ghostface" Przybila, Shawn "The Matrix" Marion, Air Congo, AK-47 (the only acceptable name-number combo) and The Polish Hammer rolling around the league, it's an argument that just doesn't hold water.
What becomes the problem is that whenever a player comes into the league, he's immediately in need of a nickname these days. If he's anywhere near an All-Star level, we can't sleep until the guy has a nickname, making it seem forced and unnatural.
We need to start letting players sit again. Let their careers open up and then breathe a bit, at which point we can examine what we know about them and give them a nickname.
If it comes naturally, chances are it's going to be a good one.
So, in an attempt to put forth a few new nicknames, I've figured that I would share with you some new identifiers for the NBA All-Stars. Some of these have been my favorite thing to call these players for years, others are newer to me.