Why do we use first names in the NBA?

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    Profile photo of Matt Matt 

    This is just always something I noticed, I don’t think it’s something we should try to change but I’ve always wondered about it. Like in the playoffs we could say like ‘Kyrie had a great game last night’ or ‘Russ had another triple double’ ‘Blake got hurt again’ ‘Klay hit seven 3’s’. In football for example it’s hardly ever ‘Tom threw 4 touchdown passes’ ‘Aaron threw for 400 yards’ ‘Antonio had 100 yards receiving’ ‘Khalil had 3 sacks’

    I’m just puttinng this out there to see what explanations are cuz I actually don’t know and am curious. Thanks y’all

    Profile photo of Ben Bailey Ben Bailey 

    Interesting topic. My guess is that people almost see the NBA as a reality show. We know more about these guys’ personalities and also I think part of it is that we see their faces up close more often than the other sports.

    Profile photo of Matt Horton Matt Horton 

    I think it has to do with the oddness of some of their names. LeBron and Kobe are a lot more uncommon first names than James and Bryant are last names. You also have other guys like Carmelo, Shaq, and Kawhi. Harden, Durant, Lowry, and a bunch of others are known by their last names. You need to have a weird first name to be known by just your first name.

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