DALLAS - In 2000, the XFL turned silliness loose by allowing players to pick their own nicknames to adorn the backs of their jerseys. The idea reeked of desperation and bush-leaguedness. And now the idea returns, courtesy of the NBA.
What do I think? "He-Hate-Me.''
What does Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban who actually has a voice in all this -- think? "He-Love-It.''
In Miami, Heat players are talking about the buzz that would have them wear nicknames in place of surnames on the backs of their jerseys for select games against the Nets, who would do the same.
"It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what's going on around us," Ray Allen tells the AP, adding that he plans to wear "Shuttlesworth'' on his jersey as a nod to his character from the movie "He Got Game." "We're still kids, playing a kids' game.''
And there is my first problem with the concept: It's childish.
Additionally -- and I will cop to being a bit anal about this -- I'm a firm believer that...