Last week, a confused commenter asked why I kept referring to Ben Gordon as “Air Gordon.” That nickname has been used pretty frequently here in Chicago over the past few years — particularly in the press — and I took for granted that everybody was familiar with it. To make up for that mistake, I decided to make a master list of nicknames for the current squad. I spent literally minutes searching the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet for these. (Remember: Tips aren’t required, but they are appreciated.) If I missed any, let me know and I’ll update the list.
Note: I’m not sure if all these guys will be around for the 2009-10 season…but I’m hedging my bets.
Ben Gordon: Air Gordon, BG, BG7, Gentle Ben, Little Ben, Madison Square Gordon, 007 (The Assassin)
Brad Miller: Bad News Brad, Cornrows (for this unfortunate decision), BM (coined by By The Horns reader Brad)
Derrick Rose: D-Rose, The Great Poodini (for his wizard tattoo), Pooh (coined by his grandma), Southside Sorcerer (from By the Horns reader Bh), Windy City Warlock (also from Bh)
Joakim Noah: Dr. No, Jo, Jo-No, Noah Kim-Joa (from By the Horns reader Blake), The Joker (from AK Dave), The Noble One
John Salmons: Buck, Get Right, The Fish Man, Up Stream (from By the Horns reader Jon)
Kirk Hinrich: Captain Kirk, The Hinrich Maneuver
Luol Deng: Damaged Goods, Deng-Dong (from By the Horns reader Blake), Luol, Sweet Lu, The Man from Sudan
Tim Thomas: Dog, T-Tom, The Biggest Waste of Talent in NBA History
Tyrus Thomas: Big T’s (pronounced “Big Tease”), Free Money (after admitting he was only entering the 2006-07 Slam Dunk Contest for money), The Mercenary (ditto), T-Time, TT, Ty, Ty-Rise (from By the Horns reader Bh)