Austin Reaves reveals why he’s ditching current nicknames

By: The Trend Wire

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Last year, Austin Reaves rose to fame among the Los Angeles Lakers. The youngster who went undrafted quickly won over fans with his tough style of play. 

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Reaves received a few intriguing nicknames as a result, including "AR-15" (a play on his initials and jersey number) and "Hillbilly Kobe."

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Austin Reaves has disclosed that he would love to get rid of these moniker altogether.

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The Lakers guard acknowledged that, although it was flattering to receive a nickname from the audience, recent occurrences have made him less fond of his monikers.

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Reaves told ESPN that he "doesn't condone any gun violence that happens across our country.

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"However, you actually have no influence over the [nickname] people give you.

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I mean, I never revealed my name to be that. Others, such as the "Hillbilly Kobe," may not be the ideal options given the circumstances surrounding Kobe's passing.

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In the fatal shooting that occurred in Uvalde in May of this year, an AR-15 weapon was utilised.

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The prevalence of gun violence has long been a major issue in the US, but it has recently gotten worse.

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With the way people are talking about guns right now, it makes obvious that the Lakers guard would wish to separate himself from that moniker.

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It's probable that Reaves feels uneasy having Kobe's name in his nickname, hence the Hillbilly moniker.

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Among NBA players, the Lakers legend is considered to be legendary, therefore it seems strange if your nickname is a play on his name.

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Whatever moniker is given to him, Reaves will be an important piece in the Lakers' playoff machine the next season.

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I'm hoping he lives up to the promise he displayed the previous season.