Nicknames are always a touchy subject. We gave Ramon Harris the name “Razor Ramon” and at first he liked it, and now he isnt a fan. We also gave the name of “Jorts” to Josh Harrellson and he loves it, telling me at Media Day that “when people yell that, I know they are a true fan.” Thus you never know if a nickname will stick or be appreciated by its receiver, and all you can hope is for the best.
This year, we had the “give a nickname to Demarcus Cousins” contest and via coup, he decided it would be “Big Cuz.” But apparently not everyone agrees. At SEC Media Day today, Patrick Patterson announced that he calls Cousins and Eric Bledsoe ‘Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo’. While he didnt expand on the reasoning, you can kind of see it. They both are from “the same dirt”, have similar playful personalities and their relative sizes match the cartoon duo. Patterson clearly has the standing to give anyone a nickname and the Yogi and Boo-Boo nickname obviously tickles him. But we dont know about “Big Cuz’s” thoughts.
So while I love Yogi and Boo-Boo as a name…we might want to tread lightly. Yes Demarcus’s favorite group might be Boyz II Men, but he is also “mean as sh*t” if he needs to be. You might want to leave it to Patrick for the Hanna-Barbara names.