LeBron James has a lot of nicknames. From "King James" to "The Akron Hammer," it sort of comes with the territory when you're one of the best basketball players in the world. And now, he's got one more to add to the list.

According to LBJ's new "Sportsman of the Year" cover story in Sports Illustrated, Pat Riley has a special nickname that he uses for The Chosen One. That nickname? B.O.A.T. As in, "Best Of All Time."

"Thats what he calls LeBron James—'You know,' Riley explains, 'best of all time'—an acronym he conjured to remind the planet's preeminent player of frontiers still to be conquered," writer Lee Jenkins writes in the SI piece. "'Hey Boat,' Riley will say. 'How is the Boat doing today?' James will reflexively laugh and shake his head because he is not the Boat, at least not yet."

We can almost hear all the LeBron haters (and Dwyane Wade!) laughing and shaking their heads right now, too.

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[via Larry Brown Sports]