Posted by: Diana-Allen on May 30th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
While watching the Orlando-Boston game I began to think of nicknames of NBA players. I think Glen Davis’ nickname is quite funny and its no wonder he doesn’t want to be called by it anymore.
I had always assumed that Glen Davis was called “Big Baby” because he looked like a big baby. He has that baby face. Honestly with no disrespect intended he reminds me of that giant cartoon duck that wears a diaper.
My curiosity got the best of me during the game and I had to look up how Davis got his nickname. Davis received his nickname from his youth basketball coach at the age of nine. Davis was 5′6″ and 160 pounds at that young age. He was too big to play with the other nine year olds so he had to play with the senior teams. Big Baby did not like playing with the older kids and would cry all the time. His coach would constantly tell him “stop crying you big baby” and hence the nickname began.
I am not a fan of the initials and jersey number nicknames and therefore always thought CP3s nickname was dumb. Now that I know the background of his nickname I find it sweet. Chris Paul’s father’s name is Charles Paul, his older brothers name is CJ Paul. They are CP1 and CP2 and that make Chris Paul, CP3.
Who can think of nicknames without thinking of Shaquille O’Neil. Shaq, The Big Aristotle, (self given for his insights in interviews), Superman, The Diesel, The Big Cactus, just to name a few.
The best nickname on the Jazz is probably Andrei Kirilenko ’s name. AK47. Once again its intials and number but with AK it fits perfectly. It was given to him by a media member. It is named after the famous Russian assault rifle. I love it because when he is playing his game, getting his 5X5s or close to it impacting everything in the game, it is easy to call him AK47. When he is standing around shooting jumpshots not getting involved he is just Andrei.
Other great nicknames currently in the league are: Nashty for Steve Nash, The big fundamental for Duncan, the durantula for Kevin Durant, and Mr. Big Shot for Billups, just to name a few.
Nicknames that I hate the most are ones that players anoint to themselves. Lebron James-the King. Lebron gave the name to himself when he was 16 years old. (a little ego-centric right?). The Black Mamba for Kobe Bryant. Once again a self given nickname. Black Mamba doesn’t roll off the tongue, its lame.
What are your favorite NBA nicknames?
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