Shannon Brown is loving the nickname suggestions
He had just finished another spectacular performance in the Lakers' 117-89 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors, scoring 17 points on seven of 10 shooting in only 19 minutes. He had just continued the narrative to reporters about how his improved shooting percentage (from 42.7% last season to 52.3% this season) goes back to his relentless appetite for self-improvement and off-season work in the gym. And he was near the end of calling it a night, but he remained at his locker because of one silly question I had for him.
I relayed to Brown how his request via Twitter for fans to come up with a new nickname for him prompted me to ask readers for their own suggestions. Once I handed the printout to him featuring the responses, Brown's genuinely enthusiastic and humble demeanor spilled out.
"Shaminator," Brown said, letting out a slight chuckle after repeating a suggestion from mac.
He scanned the article some more, reading the responses in silence before repeating another nickname that caught his eye from lone star laker fan.
"The Brown Mamba," Brown said, as his eyes lit up. "That's funny."
More silence, as Brown finished the article. Moments later, he handed the printout back to me.
"Dude," Brown said. "That's funny."
So what did he like?
"The Shaminator and the Brown Mamba," Brown said. "That's kind of funny. They're kind of catchy. Shaminator is like Terminator. Brown Mamba, Black Mamba. It's real catchy."
Brown says he's going to wait a "couple more days" before deciding which nickname he'll stick with, considering he's still fielding suggestions on his Twitter account. The best name sent to him on Twitter thus far: "The Rim Reaper."
"We'll figure it out," Brown said. "They'll win a prize or whatever for the one I like the most."
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown goes up for a dunk last Friday night in the road win versus Minnesota. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn / US Presswire.