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That’s MISTER James Michael McAdoo To You

Or if you are a Duke player you may call him “Daddy”

Via Mike Decourcy.

It might seem like bad news for North Carolina fans that James McAdoo will not play basketball for the Tar Heels in the 2011-12 season. It’s not. That’s because James Michael McAdoo will be there.

McAdoo, a gifted 6-8, 215-pound combo forward from Norfolk, Va., asked North Carolina officials to make it known his full first name is James Michael — his middle name is Ray — and that he’d prefer to be known by that name.

So this isn’t exactly like changing one’s name to World B. Free.

McAdoo was given his name by his parents, Ronnie and Janet. They both played basketball at Old Dominion.

This is a rather odd request or rather not something you see everyday. I have seen it suggested that this is about marketing which might be true. It also may have something to do with truly distinguishing himself from the UNC football McAdoos, Jared and Michael who have had their share of troubles. Then again we are probably over-analyzing this and McAdoo simply wanted to use his given name taking the opportunity afforded by a fresh start at UNC to change his name.

The hardest hit by this change? Bloggers and writers more so for remembering the change than actually writing the extra name. Of course I never once added the II to Some Other Kid’s name because I thought it was pretentious. Turns out I was right.

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9 comments to That’s MISTER James Michael McAdoo To You

  • I say you just do what hockey writers do for all the multi-first name players in the NHL and call him J.M. McAdoo.

  • The thing is, I usually only invoke a player’s first name once in a post. After that I only use the last name so it is not a huge deal just an offseason oddity.

  • smallandpettypat

    It’s really not that odd. My son, who is a III, goes by his first and middle name. My dad, the Jr., goes by his middle only, and my grandfather, the Sr., goes by his first only. He wants to be called what he is used to being called by family and, I can only assume, friends. What’s odd to me is that the AID didn’t get this out there when JMM’s LOI was signed.

    Abbreviations: I has them.

  • PRGuy

    I don’t care what we call him now as long as we can call him National Champion later.

  • nativeheel

    I will just call him a welcome addition to Tar Heel Nation.
    Go Heels!!

  • TheUNCFan

    At least they didn’t name him Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo McAdoo.

  • makeitWayne22

    Nice homer reference… Uncfan

  • kmcbrooks216

    James Michael was named after my 2 brothers. James Michael’s father, Ronnie McAdoo was best friend to my brother James McPherson (my younger brother)who attended Old Dominion and High School with him.
    James & Michael (my older brother) died in an auto accident traveling home from Virginia to NC one Saturday. Therefore I believe he was named as a tribute to their long friendship. Whereas James Michael continues to honor my brothers by making such a request.