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NBA Nicknames

Who is CB4? Why does Kobe Bryant call himself the Mamba? Kidzworld looks at nicknames of your favorite NBA superstars.

Player: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers.
Nickname: The Mamba.
Story Behind The Name: Kobe Bryant nicknamed himself The Mamba, after one of the world's deadliest snakes. According to Kobe, "The Mamba can strike with 99 percent accuracy at maximum speed, in rapid succession. That's the kind of basketball precision I want to have." The deadly Mamba snake is also known for raising itself four feet off the ground when threatened and being virtually impossible to kill. After draining 81 points in a game in 2006, Kobe has certainly lived up to his name. He's virtually impossible to stop and is deadly from close range.

Player: Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns.
Nickname: The Matrix.
Story Behind The Name: Shawn Marion picked up The Matrix nickname because his gravity-defying style of play resembles the slow-motion action scenes from The Matrix movie. Marion's amazing athleticism and his bizarre jump shot that falls with great accuracy indicates this NBA superstar may in fact be some sort of proto-human who is not from this world.

Player: Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns.
Nickname: STAT.
Story Behind The Name: The amazing Amare Stoudemire's nickname is STAT, which is short for Standing Tall And Talented. Stoudemire picked up this nickname during his rookie season in the NBA and he now has the moniker tattooed on his arm. While Amare certainly does stand tall and is quite talented, the nickname isn't the most original.

Player: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers.
Nickname: The Answer.
Story Behind The Name: The talented and hard-working Iverson earned the nickname, The Answer, soon after being drafted by the Sixers and becoming the team's leading scorer. Iverson has certainly been The Answer to many of the 76ers problems after leading them to the NBA Finals and being named NBA MVP in 2001. But Iverson's behavior has also led to many questions such as, "Why are you making bad rap albums?" and "How did you let yourself get Punk'd! so easily by Ashton Kutcher?"

Player: Shaquille O'Neal, Miami Heat.
Nickname: The Big Diesel, Shaq Attack.
Story Behind The Name: Shaquille O'Neal has picked up several nicknames since arriving in the NBA in 1992. The Shaq Attack emerged after O'Neal attacked and destroyed several NBA backboards during his rookie season with his monsterous and powerful dunks. The Big Diesel refers to the way Shaq plays basketball - like a big and powerful engine. While O'Neal is getting older, he's still a powerful machine in the paint and his nickames fit.

Player: Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors.
Nickname: CB4.
Story Behind The Name: Not much of a story behind the nickname of talented Raptor's superstar, Chris Bosh. His initials are C.B. and he wears number 4. Put it together and you've got CB4 - a droid-like name which was also the title of a 1990s rap mockumentary starring Chris Rock. While the movie was mediocre, there's nothing mediocre about CB4, the ball player, who was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team in 2006.

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    Coolest NBA Nickname? Vote!

    • The Answer.
    • The Mamba.
    • The Matrix.
    • CB4.

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    unicornsrule626
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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    rainbowpoptart
    I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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    angelover4
    CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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    angelover4
    I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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    angelover4
    I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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