China loves basketball. They also love making up their own names for things. Chalk it up to a unique character-based language system that often approximates proper nouns, which evolve over time relative to how much they sound or look like other words. The word “pun” even sounds Mandarin, so we’re cool with this as an explanation as to why so many NBA players have such bizarre nicknames.
Once again, one of the selfless geniuses over at reddit/r/NBA submitted something incredibly interesting for your consumption, free of charge: his favorite Chinse NBA nicknames. Apparently Russell Westbrook’s name literally translates to “Viagra.”
The nicknames, and Scattered_Disk’s explanations, below.