ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What’s in a name? Plenty, if you’re an NBA player. For instance, consider the Heat’s Roger Mason, Jr. Named for his late father who passed away at a young age, according to the Miami Herald for years Mason Jr. made sure announcers and box scores included the “Jr.” after “Mason,” as a tribute to his father. But the NBA had never allowed suffixes on jerseys, and so “Mason Jr.” had to be just “Mason.”
But as we found out late last week, after lobbying the League with the help of the Heat franchise, this season Mason Jr. will become the first NBA player to have a suffix on his jersey. Perhaps this is something of a movement among sports leagues, as last season the NFL allowed Robert Griffin III to become the first NFL player to wear roman numerals on a jersey.
According to the Herald…
Mason will wear his newly fashioned jersey on Tuesday in the Heat’s regular-season opener against the Chicago Bulls. He debuted his new jersey Friday in the Heat’ final preseason game.
“It was very thoughtful of this organization to come to me and ask me,” Mason said. “They know the story and they know my father died at a young age. … The league did it, and I appreciate the league doing it, and I appreciate this organization pushing for it.”