What's in an NBA Nick-Name?
Part IV, E-H
There were so many responses to the last piece on NBA
nick-names that here is another batch. Some names come from the
physical look of athletes, others from their place of origin, others
still from their accomplishments on the court. Nowadays, NBA
nick-names are not as colorful and definitely much less in
evidence. Kevin Garnett, ("the kid, and the "big ticket") for
example, has a few but they don't seem as much in use. Here we go
and as always reactions always welcomed.
"EASY ED" A lean 6'8", 1 90-pounder, Ed Macauley ranks as one of the
top centers in NBA history. A three-time All-Star in a nine-year
playing career during the 1950's, Macauley specialized in a smooth,
almost unstoppable hook shot and driving layups. His temperament and
his performing skills were characterized by an ease and a grace that
was reflected in his nickname.
"ERASER, THE HUMAN" Marvin Webster of the New York Knickerbockers in
the NBA on earned his nickname for his shot-blocking ability. At
seven-feet-plus, Webster's size and timing enabled him to wipe out
scoring efforts of opponents by simply batting the ball away from
"THE GLIDE" Clyde Drexler's role model was Julius Erving. "He
seemed to fly. I wanted to be like him,'' said Drexler, who earned
the nickname "Clyde the Glide'' for his own swooping moves
"THE GLOVE" Gary Payton, the all-time scoring leader
at Oregon State, Payton made a name for himself with the Seattle
Supersonics on the other side of the ball - as a defender.
"GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS" In 1925, there was a Philadelphia Warriors
team in the American Basketball League. In 1946, when Philadelphia
joined the NBA, it took its nickname from that old team. The Golden
State Warriors are a descendant of the old Philadelphia Warriors.
They've gone through a couple of geographical shifts. Philly became
the San Francisco Warriors, San Francisco became the Oakland
Warriors and Oakland became the Golden State Warriors.
"GRANMAMA" Larry Johnson, who played for the Knicks
and other teams in the NBA even when he was young he looked
"HACK- A- SHAQ" Primitive defensive scheme designed to try and stop
the ONE-TIME most unstoppable man in the NBA Shaquille O'Neal.
Fouling him put him on the foul line where his skills were sub-par.
"HIS AIRNESS" Michael Jordan seemed to fly in the air and also his
play had a touch of royalty about it for some, hence the nickname.
"HORSE, THE" Harry Gallatin starred for the National Basketball
Association New York Knickerbockers during the 1950's. Though just
6'6", his bulk and power enabled him to out rebound much taller
opponents. In the 1953-54 season Gallatin pulled down 1,098
rebounds, an average of 15.3 per game. His strength and stamina
earned him his nickname.
"HOT DOG" Dennis Rodman, master rebounder and man of many hair
colors and show off ways.
"HOUSTON ROCKETS " The Houston Rockets were once the
San Diego Rockets (1967-1971). When the franchise moved to Houston
in 1971, the nickname went along and fit in a city linked to space
programs and industries.
"HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL" Dominique Wilkins, passing was
not his game but spectacular offensive moves were.
(to be continued)