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Name of game in NBA has often been some famous nicknames

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has a game that is fit for a king.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has a game that is fit for a king. AP

King James comes to town with one of the most fitting nicknames ever in the NBA.

The Dallas Mavericks host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the American Airlines Center.

Nicknames have long been a part of the game.

James is widely considered the best player in the league and is deserving of King status.

He is a two-time NBA champion, four-time NBA MVP, 11-time All-Star and the list goes on and on.

If the nickname fits, wear it.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best-fit nicknames in NBA history:

Michael “Air” Jordan: MJ had incredible hang time on his jumpers in addition to his array of shots. He’s one of the few pro athletes whose name became a household brand. Just ask Nike.

George “Iceman” Gervin: San Antonio scoring champ was one of the smoothest players in league history. He seemingly scored without much effort. His bank shot and famous finger roll sent chills through the league.

Vinny “The Microwave” Johnson: If you need points in a hurry, Johnson was your man. He had a knack of being able to score in bunches. No warmup required. He was the sixth man on Detroit’s back-to-back championship teams in the 1990s.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson: Lovable, engaging and magical. When your nickname trumps your birth name, you know it’s big. Speaking of big, a 6-foot-9 point guard with incredible ball-handling and assist skills is hard to find. Magic ran the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers.

Nate “Tiny” Archibald: Tiny is all the hint you need to know about Archibald. He was a 6-foot-1 guard who loved to penetrate inside. He once led the NBA in scoring and assists in the same season. He was named after his father, “Big Tiny,” but it fits him naturally.

David “The Admiral” Robinson: An officer, gentleman, ambassador and NBA champion. Robinson’s rank in the Navy was Lieutenant, Junior Grade, but his game on the court was on the Admiral level. Not many players garnered the kind of respect Robinson received on and off the court during his playing days and even now in retirement.

Clyde “The Glide” Drexler: He was one of the game’s best finishers at the University of Houston and in the pros with Houston and Portland. Drexler finished numerous fast breaks by taking off several feet from the basket and gliding in for dunks. It wasn’t uncommon for his shoes to be eyeball height as he sailed by defenders.

Robert “Big Shot” Horry: Need a buzzer shot in a regular-season game? Give it to Horry. Need a buzzer shot in a playoff game? Give it to Horry. Need a buzzer shot in the NBA Finals? Give it to Horry. He had seven career game-winning shots, mostly 3-pointers. He won seven NBA titles.

Julius “Dr. J” Erving: The Doctor had an all-around game. The jumper, cuff dunks, windmill dunks, layups, reverse layups, putbacks, etc., etc. He could always find a way to get his shot off or slice through a defense. He had some of the biggest hands ever in the NBA.

Glen “Big Baby” Davis: Former LSU star reportedly earned his nickname as a child when he was too big to play with kids his own age and used to pout about. In the NBA, he often complains or whines about fouls on the court. He still has a baby face on a grown man’s body (290 pounds).

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