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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NBA considers nickname jerseys

09.24.13 at 7:58 am ET

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‘€¢ The NBA is considering putting nicknames on the backs of players’ jerseys for select games, and it’s getting mixed reviews.

Some Heat players were told the league might have them wear the special jerseys in a game against the Nets this season, and they were asked for nickname suggestions, The Associated Press reported.

Ray Allen, who selected “Shuttlesworth” in tribute to the character he played in the movie “He Got Game,” voiced his support for the move.

“It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us,” the former Celtic said. “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.”

Added Allen: “Fans will like it, and so will a lot of the players. Guys will get a good kick out of it.”

Not all players agreed, however. Suns guard Kendall Marshall tweeted his displeasure.


‘€¢ Injured Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones is recovering after an incident on a party bus early Monday morning, when a stripper hit him head in the head with a champagne bottle.

Jones, who has been out since the season opener with a knee injury, was celebrating teammate Bryant McKinnie‘s birthday when the incident happened, and it was followed by a fight, according to TMZ. Jones refused medical treatment despite reportedly bleeding from the head.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed the altercation and said he talked to Jones and the rest of the team about it.

“It’s not something we want to be known for,” Harbaugh said, adding: “It’s nothing to be proud of. I’m kind of disappointed in that sense.”

‘€¢ Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 regular-season games for leaving the bench to join the brawl between his team and the Sabres on Sunday night. The suspension, which includes the rest of the preseason and is without pay, was automatic based on the game misconduct penalty Clarkson received.

Clarkson, who signed a seven-year, $36.75 million contract in the offseason, will forfeit $269,230.

Leafs forward Phil Kessel is likely to be disciplined for repeatedly swinging his stick at Sabres defenseman John Scott, who tried to engage the much-smaller Kessel in a fight in retaliation for a mismatched fight moments earlier. Kessel received a match penalty.

The NHL also announced a five-game suspension for Canucks forward Zack Kassian, who broke the jaw of Oilers forward Sam Gagner with a hit Saturday. Gagner lost several teeth when the two collided along the boards during the game and Kassian’s stick struck Gagner’s face.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’€™s emotion to the game, it’€™s an emotional game. I know the guys that I play with know how much I care about them and how much I care about our team winning. That’€™s ultimately the goal for us. We’€™ve done a pretty good job to this point ‘€” three attempts and three wins. We’€™re just going to try to keep getting better.” Tom Brady, during his Monday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan, on criticism he received after yelling at his young receivers during the Patriots’ Week 2 win over the Jets

STAT OF THE DAY: 12 — Touchdown passes this season for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, breaking Tom Brady’s NFL record for most TD passes through three games

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From a high school football game in Pennsylvania, Greensburg Catholic’s Tyler Ball makes an impressive one-handed reception.

From a soccer game in Argentina, Gaspar Iniguez of Argentinos Juniors does a head-first slide tackle into Cristian Erbes of Boca Juniors. It results in three lost teeth and a yellow card.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bernie Parent, who played the majority of his career with the Flyers and won two Stanley Cups with Philadelphia (1974, ’75)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers was born on this day in 1942.

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