We’re only a few weeks into the 2017-18 NBA Season, but Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon is having an excellent year thus far. Through five games, Gordon is giving the Magic 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game on 54 percent shooting from the field, and 59 percent shooting from three. If he stays on this pace, Gordon is looking at his first All-Star appearance and a Most Improved Player award, for good measure. He’s on his way towards becoming a household name, if he isn’t there yet.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have the same name as a rising NBA star? Aaron Gordon is a fairly common name, all things considered, and the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon shares that name with the transit reporter for The Village Voice, Aaron W. Gordon. Both Gordons are verified on Twitter, too, so you can conceivably understand how NBA fans might confuse the two. Maybe.
One Orlando Magic Aaron Gordon fan took his allegiances to the extreme on Wednesday night, diving into “some political reporter” Aaron W. Gordon’s DM’s on Twitter, and well, the result was a hilarious back-and-forth culminating in the fan demanding Aaron W. Gordon change his name. No, really.
Aaron W. Gordon shared the exchange on Twitter, and while I’d leave the door open to the possibility that this NBA fan is just trolling, it’s much funnier if we all just pretend he’s being serious.
Despite Aaron W. Gordon’s multiple good points, this troll was very persistent! In typical troll form, he even busted out a “fake news” on him. Thank you for the laugh, Money Buckets 23. You made this Wednesday night just a little bit better. Unfortunately for this particular fan, it looks like the real Aaron Gordon is taking sides with the man who shares his name.
If it’s any consolation for Aaron W. Gordon, he is not alone. There are a quite a few people unfortunate enough to share the same name with celebrities or people in the news. It’s always fun for us common folk but substantially less fun if you’re the person who has to deal with the consequences.