Ryan Anderson reveals origin of Jeff Withey’s nickname

New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey

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As the Pelicans Ryan Anderson awaits his April 8 surgery to correct the herniated disc in his neck, he’s keeping busy blogging about various team tidbits, such as which player has the best nickname.

Anderson says, not surprisingly, it’s rookie Jeff Withey, whom Anderson himself christened "Sweet Pea." 

Anderson was discussing the subject of nicknames with fellow injured teammate Jrue Holiday, when Anderson recalled a recent dining experience at a Mississippi barbeque spot called "The Shed."

Anderson’s waitress kept referring to his father as "Sweet Pea" and that day on the bench,  Anderson decided the name actually better suited Withey. 

To read Anderson’s complete blog entry, including his celebrity look-a-like name suggestions for the rest of his teammates, click here.