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Nicknames have always been a part of sports, but NBA fans in the United States are facing some stiff competition from the unique monikers that are apparently coming out of China.

Nick Kapur, a Japan and East Asia historian who works at Rutgers University, detailed in a massive Twitter thread Monday some of the elaborate nicknames the biggest stars in the NBA have received in China (warning: post contains profanity):

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is dubbed “The Little Emperor,” while Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was given the extremely NSFW name of “F–ks the Sky.”


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