Posts Tagged ‘sacramento kings’

Boogie Cousins crashes bhangra dance party

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This video was presented to me with precious little context. All I know is I got an email from someone at the NBA saying, “Here’s a video of DeMarcus Cousins crashing the dance floor at a bhangra dance party.” I don’t know when this was, I don’t know where this was, but I do know it shows Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins popping into what seems to be a dance party and getting his groove on. They don’t call him “Boogie” for nothing…

VIDEO: Boogie boogies

Flop or Not? with Vlade Divac

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — These days, flopping during an NBA game will get you a fine and a public rebuke from the NBA. But a few decades ago, it was a different world, when flopping wasn’t as reviled and was instead looked at more often with a wink and a smile. And there was nobody better at it then Sacramento center Vlade Divac. But now that Vlade is in the Kings front office, he’s pulling back the curtain and admitting which plays were flops and which plays were actual fouls. (Spoiler alert: They’re all flops.)

VIDEO: Vlade flops

Vlade Divac can be your GPS

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So, Waze is an app that crowd-sources traffic data, and helps drivers get to wherever it is they’re going as expediently as possible. I live in New York City and I do not own a car, so I’ve never used Waze, but apparently there’s some sort of voice-prompt feature you can turn on, so someone will talk you through how to navigate the roads.

So why not let that person be NBA legend (and new Kings “lead voice”) Vlade Divac talk you through traffic? According to Waze, today users can switch on Vlade’s voice to be their guide.

Here’s video of Vlade doing work…


The Kings fill Nik Stauskas’ house with popcorn

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Rookies in the NBA get pranked, and a common form of pranking is the ol’ popcorn in the car trick. It’s safe, relatively easy to clean, and a good laugh for all involved.

But what if the rookie you are pranking doesn’t have a car? This is what happened in Sacramento, where rookie guard Nik “Sauce Castillo” Stauskas apparently does not drive and thus does not own a car. (That’s a whole other thing we could get into, but whatever.)

So instead of filling his car with popcorn, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Reggie Evans filled Stauskas’ apartment with popcorn…

VIDEO: Stauskas Popcorn

Little girl masters Boogie Cousins flex

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sacramento center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins has a signature celebration where he flexes his arms and shows off his muscles. Against Utah this weekend, Boogie bullied his way to the basket and got a bucket and a foul, and the broadcast camera panned over and caught a young girl giving her best Boogie flex…

VIDEO: Boogie flex

The Sacramento Kings are having Sauce Castillo Night

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we celebrated the birth of a new nickname: Thanks to a typo and closed captioning, Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas had somehow become known as Sauce Castillo. Next thing we knew, the Stauskas and the Kings were all in on this thing.

And now we may have reached peak Sauce Castillo. The Kings have announced that they are going to have a Sauce Castillo Night this weekend…

People at the game will receive a free bottle of hot sauce, and they’ll have Sauce Castillo t-shirts for sale in the team store. For all your Sauce Castillo needs, go here.

DeMarcus Cousins does a pretty good wildcat imitation

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NCAA Tournament is down to the Final Four, which means there are just four teams remaining with a shot at winning college hoops’ big dance. One of those teams is Kentucky, the former school of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. The Kentucky mascot is a Wildcat, which we kind of take for granted, in the sense that I’m not sure if most people know what a wildcat actually sounds like. In this video from the Kings, a kid reporter asks Cousins (as well as Ryan Hollins, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas a.k.a. Sauce Castillo) to impersonate their college mascots, with mixed results…

VIDEO: Kings mascots

Nik Stauskas is now Sauce Castillo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — People usually get nicknames based on either something they’re good at or, humorously, something they’re bad at. But Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas has a new nickname that’s totally unrelated to anything…except it sounds pretty cool.

Tuesday night, the Sacramento Kings defeated the Philadelphia 76ers. And at some point in the game, Stauskas knocked down a jumper. Except that somehow, as noticed by Andrew Unterberger, the closed captioning credited the basket to somebody named “Sauce Castillo.”

VIDEO:Β Origin of ‘Sauce Castillo’

I don’t know what it means, but it is a great nickname — mellifluous and evocative, as Clyde Frazier might say. For his part, Stauskas seems either OK with it or baffled by it, even though the Kings have embraced it…

The Sacramento Kings had a baby race

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Sacramento Kings had a big win last night over the Washington Wizards, with a couple of highlights plays and fantastic dunks. And I was going to do a post about some of those dunks … until I saw this video from the Kings game.

At some point during the Kings game last night, they had a baby race. Forget the dunks. This is the greatest video of the day. Maybe of all time.

VIDEO: Kings baby race

Here’s why you should pay attention at an NBA game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A long time ago, I was sitting courtside at a Mavericks game in Dallas, keeping my head down and doing my job. But I knew that sitting courtisde, I was always at risk for a collision — with a player, with a basketball, with a referee, whatever. And sure enough, eventually the ball finally came zooming at my head. I had a split-second to make one of two choices:
1. Try to catch the ball, with the possibility of either catching the ball or the ball banging off my hands and the crowd laughing at my poor catching skills.
2. Duck and let someone else deal with it.

I chose the second option, and the ball ended up hitting someone behind me. Still, because I was paying attention, I was able to get out of the way.

The lesson here, is that when you’re at an NBA game, if you’re sitting anywhere close to the court, it’s a good idea to always pay attention. Last night in Charlotte, where the Hornets were hosting the Sacramento Kings, a pass intended for Gerald Henderson, though he ended up letting it go — I guess he thought it was tipped — and the ball instead went directly into the face of a woman sitting behind the Charlotte bench who was checking her telephone. Here’s a wide look via GIF…


For a closer look, here’s a Vine, where it becomes clear that the people around her were pretty much no help at all. Even Noah Vonleh on the Hornets bench gives the ball a little side-eye as it flies past…

(The good news? Apparently she was able to laugh it off.)