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Ray Allen's Miami Heat nickname jersey for his Jesus Shuttlesworth character in Spike Lee's "He Got Game"
Director Spike Lee on Wednesday tweeted the first photo of the nickname jersey Miami Heat star Ray Allen will wear during three games this season.
Allen, who normally wears No. 20, will sport a No. 34 "J. Shuttlesworth" jersey in honor of his character in Lee's 1998 movie "He Got Game."
The Heat are expected to wear the nickname jerseys in 2014 games against the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.
When it was announced in September that the players would be wearing the jerseys, Allen gave the idea his approval.
"It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what's going on around us," Allen 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."
Reigning MVP LeBron James is expected to wear "King James" on his back, while Dwyane Wade could go a number of different directions with his nickname, including "Three" or "MV3." Shane Battier said he wants to use "Batman," but since Warner Brothers owns the rights to that name, he will use "Shaneo" instead.
Brooklyn has some strong nicknames on their own roster, including "The Truth" (forward Paul Pierce) and "KG" (forward Kevin Garnett).
"Fans will like it and so will a lot of the players," Allen said. "Guys will get a good kick out of it."
The Heat play at Brooklyn on Jan. 10, while the Nets will visit AmericanAirlines Arena on March 12 and April 8.