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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):
Nick Kapur @nick_kapur
A thread of Chinese internet nicknames for NBA players. China is crazy for the NBA, but official sources use boring phonetic transcriptions, failing to take advantage of Chinese characters having both sound and meaning. Chinese netizens have “improved” on these official names.
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