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espnKing James, Jesus Shuttlesworth, The Truth and KG might be headed to the backs of NBA jerseys. Some members of the Miami Heat have been told the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear “nickname jerseys” in at least one of their four matchups this season. The NBA has not announced the plan, but teams apparently have been aware of the likelihood of it happening for at least several weeks. For now, only the Heat and the Nets would be taking part. It’s unclear how many times those teams would wear the nickname jerseys or whether they would ever wear them against other opponents. “It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us,” said Ray Allen, the Heat guard who plans to wear “Shuttlesworth” on his jersey, a nod to his character from the film “He Got Game.” “And we’re still kids, playing a kids’ game. 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.” Players were asked to submit what names they would want on the jerseys. Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James is expected to wear “King James.” Heat guard Dwyane Wade would have any number of nicknames to choose from, with “Three” — both his jersey number and championship-ring total — being his current favorite. He also could go with his more commonly known name, “D-Wade.” Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce has been called “The Truth” for many years, and fellow new Nets forward Kevin Garnett has long been known by his initials or “The Big Ticket.” Miami forward Shane Battier — who wasn’t exactly thrilled about the nickname idea — said he wanted to wear “Batman” on his jersey, although he was told that Warner Bros. holds the rights to that name. Other players also have had to deal with copyright-related issues with their suggested monikers. Battier said he’ll go with “Shaneo” instead. “Fans will like it, and so will a lot of the players,” Allen said. “Guys will get a good kick out of it.”

There are going to be grouchy purists who hate this idea, but in reality it’s actually pretty fantastic. The NBA isn’t afraid to make money. They know they have free rein to concoct whatever weird jerseys they want for the Christmas and other holiday games, and having LeBron himself market “King James” jerseys for the world to see then selling them in the NBA store is an easy cash grab. It’s not as if Dwyewayneaen Wade is gonna run around with “THREE” on his back every game of the season — it’s only for the special matchups. Besides, after the ugly monotone disaster uniforms teams wore last year nicknames are a welcome change.

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Show me a non-Celtics fan who doesn’t wanna see Ray Allen play with “SHUTTLESWORTH” on his back and I’ll show you an over-conservative asshole.

Reader Patrick:
Is Battier going with Shane-o the most Shane Battier thing of all time? Duke grad, Dennys patron (after winning a championship no less) and a _______-o nickname. Shane Battier is such an L7 Weenie.

Cornball Battier. Crossing my fingers and hoping Birdman goes with “BABYDICKS”