Austin Reeves of the Lakers is determined to distance himself from the “AR-15” moniker.

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Los Angeles Lakers defenseman Austin Reeves played in just one NBA seasonappearing in 61 games for a 33–49 Lakers team that missed the playoffs for the second time in four years.

Reeves earned the respect of his Los Angeles teammates. including LeBron James, who told Lakers fans on social media that there was “something special” about Reeves.

Austin Reeves (15) of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a 3-pointer against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on April 10, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

Austin Reeves (15) of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a 3-pointer against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on April 10, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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But Reeves has a couple of nicknames that he would reportedly like to get rid of.

Reeves, who wears number 15, earned the nicknames “AR-15” and “Country Kobe” in his first year in Los Angeles, nicknames he would like to get rid of.

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“I do not condone any gun violence that is happening in our country,” Reeves told ESPN. “But you can’t control what [nickname] people give you. I mean, I didn’t come out and say that was my name. There were others, such as “Country Kobe”, which are probably not the best in the current situation. with landing Kobe.

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Reeves is the second athlete to discuss dropping the “AR-15” moniker after the University of Florida quarterback. Anthony Richardson distanced himself from a nickname last week following a spate of mass shootings in the US

Austin Reeves of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles before a game against the Golden State Warriors on April 7, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

Austin Reeves of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles before a game against the Golden State Warriors on April 7, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
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After negotiations with my family After much deliberation, I have decided to no longer use the AR-15 moniker and the current clothing line logo, which is a reticle, as part of my branding,” Richardson wrote on his website.

“While a nickname is just a nickname and ‘AR-15’ is just a combination of my initials and the number on my T-shirt, it’s important to me that my name and brand are no longer associated with the assault rifle that was used in the mass shootings that I do not approve in any way or form.”

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Reeves, who was not drafted from the University of Oklahoma, said he I hope Lakers fans will come up with a new nickname for him when he starts his second season in the NBA.

Austin Reeves of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during the first half against the Utah Jazz at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 31, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Austin Reeves of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during the first half against the Utah Jazz at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 31, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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“I’m always open to new ideas,” Reeves said, according to ESPN. “Because there is always another one that can catch on and can be better than the previous one. So I’m always open to new things and people who really open their brains and kind of think of new things for me. These things also help us in branding situations and things like that.”

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Reeves started 19 games for the 2021–2022 Lakers, averaging 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23.2 minutes per game.

Ryan Gaidos of Fox News contributed to this report.