Mike Brown's nickname for Josh McRoberts: 'The White Shadow'
In a sign that the Lakers are taking a liking toward Josh McRoberts' hustle, energy and enthusiasm, a few have thrown nicknames his way.
There's "McBob," which ESPN Los Angeles Dave McMenamin immediately found out McRoberts doesn't like. There's "Mac," which his former Indiana teammates used. With his gritty play reminding many Lakers fans of Kurt Rambis, some fans have dubbed him "McRambis." And with Steve Blake throwing a few lobs to McRoberts, there's "McClob city" or McLoberts."
"I'll let ya'll come up with anything," McRoberts said with a smile. "As long as my Grandma can read it, you can call me what you want."
I took this project one step further, asking Lakers Coach Mike Brown what nickname he'd give to McRoberts after he provided instant energy as the team's starting power forward during Andrew Bynum's four-game suspension. Brown immediately thought of "The White Shadow," a former CBS drama that ran in the late 1970s-early '80s that starred a fictitious former white NBA player named Ken Reeves coaching Carver High, an urban high school in South Los Angeles.
"With his white socks, that just came to mind," Brown said with a laugh. "It's like 'The White Shadow.' You think he's Dr. J, but he doesn't look like Dr. J. He's kind of old school. The only old school I really know that is really famous is 'The White Shadow.' "
That prompted ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky to ask whether Brown could assign a specific player, such as Mario "Salami" Pettrino or Abner Goldstein.
"That's not bad," Brown said with a laugh. "I don't know if he'd take to the nickname 'Salami' though."
He probably wouldn't. We'll certainly let McRoberts have the last word. But perhaps to help him narrow his choices, vote in the poll below on what would make the most fitting nickname. I'll share it with him perhaps before the Lakers' game Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.
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