Nicknames come from the media, from fans, from coaches, from teammates. They are earned. They are dreamed up and granted to show respect, endearment, awe.
Not every athlete gets one. And many get ones that they don't like. So some break the sacred code of cool and [gasp!] self-bestow.
Is this not one of the lamest things an athlete can do? It is. And some get eviscerated for doing it. Their self-chosen pet names are mocked, then stripped away, then forgotten altogether.
But others get away with it. Either because they oh-so-stealthily slip the name out there and hope people won't notice its origins, or because the name is just so damn good we fans can't resist using it, or because they are Shaq.
Click on to see the accused, the arrogant, the self-namers.