Now Rondo has made it back to the top of the NBA mountain with the Los Angeles Lakers, and it is safe to say it was a long journey for him to get there. Rondo finished with nine points (4-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), eight assists, three steals and two rebounds in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 114-106 loss to Denver. (via @NBAonTNT) Jordan was a dunk champion. That’s what he’s known as now. Well, there are conflicting stories. We just known that Hakeem Olajuwon is “The Dream.” It’s a rhyming nickname and a perfect one. Lonzo … He fit to the guys he was guarding like a glove. A few days after winning his second NBA championship, Rajon Rondo decided to opt out of his contract at $2.5 million and become a free agent. We can’t say for sure how it started. When Sam Hinkie tore down the 76ers to rebuild them, it became known by fans as “The Process.” “Trust The Process” became the rallying cry. He earned his nickname for his defensive skills. It’s such a simple nickname, but it’s so iconic. Dennis Rodman’s nickname “The Worm” is an indelible one. You can even just call him “Dream,” and people will know whom you’re talking about. That wasn’t really what was important. Johnson will always be Magic, which is also a great nickname for a crazy point guard. The 7-foot center, who had spent his entire career by the basket, was suddenly splashing treys. And yet it just stuck with everybody. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. Twelve-plus years after capturing an NBA title as a member of the Celtics in 2008, Rajon Rondo added a second championship to his resume Sunday night – this one with the Los Angeles Lakers. How did he get it though? We certainly do, and so do NBA fans. Here are our 25 favorite NBA nicknames. There are a couple of those on this list. Report: Rajon Rondo expected to opt out of contract with Lakers, Frank Vogel opens up about emotional conversation with Rajon Rondo after Lakers won title, The 'Los Angeles Lakers to score 50 points in a game' quiz. In truth, we know it’s because of the Elton John song “Benny and the Jets” as much as anything else. It’s evocative and unusual. However, it’s alliterative and cool, so we still did it for Maravich. Not bad for an undersized, undrafted player. If you are an NBA player, there is a good chance you are a known name. Until Russell Westbrook came around, Oscar Robertson was the last player to average a triple-double over a whole NBA season. “The Big” whatever is usually a decent nickname concept, but none of them tops “The Big O” as a nickname. It’s also super fun to call a guy “The Dunkin’ Dutchman.”. Emailed daily. LeBron. Share this article share tweet text email link Jacob Rude. His son, Glenn Robinson III, is now in the NBA. She said, per Silver Screen & Roll: “He told me he almost retired a few years ago. Everybody knows Michael Jordan, right? Payton is the only point guard to ever be Defensive Player of the Year. There was a time when Pete Maravich was wearing a jersey that just said “Pistol” on it. When he got a rebound, they would also play a bell chiming in Detroit. Dr. J just rolls off the tongue, and Erving’s amazing dunks and stellar play certainly helped embed the nickname in our minds. Joel Embiid likes to have fun. Vince Carter had a ton of nicknames: “Air Canada.” “Half Man, Half Amazing.” The best of the bunch, though, is “Vinsanity.” His dunking skills were insane, or rather “Vinesane.” It just rolls off the tongue, and until “Linsanity” it was the one “insanity” nickname out there. Works for us. 2,551 Followers. All that mattered was A.I. Shawn Kemp was one of those players who wasn’t overrated necessarily, but he is oversized in our memory because of his big, splashy highlights. He’s Magic Johnson. Sign up now ▸, Related slideshow: The 25 best NBA nicknames of all time (Provided by Yardbarker), Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, New York State Issues Order to Hasidic Wedding Expected to Attract 10,000 Amid COVID Concerns, Famous Restaurants You Can Never Dine In Again. Get the latest Rajon Rondo news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report He’s not the only Pistol Pete. He was called “Chief” after the big, quiet character from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”. That’s how Karl Malone got his nickname, “The Mailman.” Malone always delivered — except on Sunday and national holidays, we guess. It rains a lot in Seattle, and if you get buckets you could be said to be making it rain. Rhyming is a good choice for nicknames. Rondo was traded by the Boston Celtics to the Mavs in the 2014-15 season. However, to us, the quintessential “Big Dog” is Glenn Robinson. Follow Add favorite Share Flip. Let’s not get pedantic. We aren’t sure. While LeBron James gave the baby Lakers a chance to prove themselves last season, opting not to demand on trading them during the off-season after he arrived, it never fully felt like he was committed to the young core. Robert Parish played for 21 seasons, and for an NBA-record 1,611 regular-season games. That’s actually how he got his nickname. Do you know these lucrative Social Security secrets? “Air Jordan” isn’t super creative for a guy named Michael Jordan.