Nicknames are everywhere in basketball.
They pop up in every discussion of the NBA's all-time greats. They're used everywhere from the hardwood to the blacktop, under the glare of the brightest lights or the faint glow of a distant streetlight.
Broadcasters keep them in their back pocket. Fans recycle them in the public forum or change them even as they see fit.
So it seems fitting, even if a bit foreign, that they'll reportedly pop up on the backs of NBA jerseys in the 2013-14 season.
Team sources told Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick that the league has discussed replacing last names with nicknames on one of the Miami Heat's alternative jerseys this season. The Associated Press has learned that the Brooklyn Nets are also a candidate for this experiment, with both teams donning the official customized threads "in at least one of their four matchups this season."
Sounds a bit crazy, right? Sort of like having NBA jerseys with sleeves on them. The Golden State Warriors broke the ice on that trend last season, and HoopsWorld.com's Steve Kyler has reported that 20 teams will rock sleeved jerseys at least once this year.
If the league finds marketing gold in this nickname plan, it's only a matter of time before the idea catches fire.
So that got us thinking, which nickname jerseys would we like to see the most in 2013-14? With so many larger-than-life stars enjoying larger-than-life monikers, there's no shortage of fantastic options.