LeBron James nicknames newly signed Lakers veterans ‘MUD’ (‘misunderstood, under-appreciated, determined’)

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After signing LeBron James, the Lakers added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and JaVale McGee.

The primary impetus was those players’ willingness to sign one-year contracts and preserve the Lakers’ flexibility. But the Lakers also actually believe in that odd collection of talent.

Stephenson posted a photo of the four and solicited nicknames:

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Name this unit?

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LeBron commented:

“MUD”- misunderstood, under-appreciated, determined

Sure, those adjectives could apply to Rondo, Stephenson, Beasley and McGee.

But at a certain point in the season, we might use LeBron’s nickname for this group – but not as an acronym.