Posts Tagged ‘sacramento kings’

Sacramento Kings troll Golden State Warriors during pregame introductions

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When an NBA team goes on the road, they know better than to expect a friendly welcome. I mean, sure, the home teams may offer a smile and handshake, but the road team is there to beat the home team, so the home team will certainly attempt to create some sort of advantage. The Celtics under Red Auerbach famously fluctuated the temperature in the visitor’s locker room. Even today, many visiting teams are given much smaller locker rooms than the home teams, with just the essentials provided.

So let’s credit the Sacramento Kings with coming up with a novel way to troll the Golden State Warriors. During their home opener on Wednesday night, while the Kings went through a perfunctory pregame introduction of the Warriors players, they cue’d up the theme song from “Full House,” the saccharine-sweet ’80s sitcom that, like the Warriors, was set in San Francisco.

It didn’t seem to have much effect — the Warriors won by 18 — but it was highly enjoyable. Let’s hope the Kings keep this up all season with city-specific music for each opponent.


VIDEO: Kings troll

(via TNLP)

Ben McLemore is Sacto’s new pizza guy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the joys of watching games via League Pass is seeing local commercials you might not otherwise come across. As such, it was fun last season watching Kings guard Isaiah Thomas star as the Pizza Guy.

But alas, Thomas left this summer and found a new home in Phoenix, meaning the coveted Pizza Guy slot in Sacramento was vacated. To fill it, the Pizza people looked no further than Ben McLemore, who apparently used to actually order the pizza.

And now he’s not just a customer, McLemore is the new pizza guy…


VIDEO: McLemore Pizza

(via HP)

Sixers, Kings debut cool court projection systems

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season during the retirement ceremony of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed off a nifty court projection that appeared to make the static hardwood come alive. This year a couple of other teams have run with the same idea, using a court projection system to give their floor a 3-D look.

• The Atlanta Hawks have announced they will have one, though they’ve yet to release any footage.

• Here’s the projection the Sacramento Kings plan to introduce…


VIDEO: Kings Court

• And here’s the one the Sixers will use (no, not during games)…


VIDEO: Sixers Court

(via Deadspin)

DeMarcus Cousins sets goal for this season


VIDEO: Kings T’s

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the surprise inclusions on this summer’s U.S.A. Basketball for the FIBA Basketball World Cup squad was Sacramento’s DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins. It wasn’t because of his talent — Cousins is one of the most versatile and skilled big men in the NBA. If anything, people we surprised Cousins made it because in the past, his attitude had worked against him.

But Cousins was terrific in Spain, even at times showing restraint. (That’s two for flinching, Valanciunas.) Now, with the Kings back together in Sacramento and prepping for a new season, Boogie has apparently set a new goal for himself. As we see in this Instagram picture from Reggie Evans, Cousins is hoping to cut down on the league-leading 16 technical fouls he received last season, by a significant amount.

As Evans noted, “Myboi @boogiecousins goal for this year. 5 Technical this season. I feel like he can do it.”

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

ZACH LAVINE
Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine threw out the first pitch at a Twins game before they played his (former) favorite team, the Angels. I like how fired up he is after meeting Mike Trout


VIDEO: LaVine pitch

ANDREW WIGGINS
Staying in Minnesota, just last night, Andrew Wiggins took the hill to give it a shot. Have to say, I think he threw a strike…
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Nik Stauskas is an incredible shooter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Kings rookie Nik Stauskas has yet to play in an actual NBA game yet, but he hasn’t stopped getting ready for the big leagues. Known as one of the best shooters in college while at Michigan, now he’s working on his NBA three-point range, and judging from this video, when he goes 15-for-15 in just 46 seconds, Stauskas seems to have found the range.


VIDEO: Stauskas shooting

(via SLAM)

DeMarcus Cousins auditions to join Splash Brothers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At practice yesterday for USA Basketball, Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins decided to show off his outside shooting range, while declaring himself a candidate to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as members of the sweet-shooting Splash Brothers. Luckily, Curry was nearby to witness Cousins’ audition…

All-Access at 2014 Summer League

By Jeff Case

NBA Summer League is well underway in Las Vegas — in fact, we’re already in the tournament stage of the competition. As you’d expect, there have been a bunch of youngsters who have surprised (our Scott Howard-Cooper is all over it on the Rookie Ladder) and we’ve even had a couple of shots that nearly made us fire up the Horry Scale.

The other part of the fun of Summer League is seeing how the NBA’s youngsters learns on the job — and on the bench. Not only do rookies get more playing time than they might get on their team come the regular season, but assistant coaches (often the men who lead Summer League teams) get to try their hand at their craft, too.

With that all being said, here’s a look at some different folks participating in Summer League, courtesy of their respective team websites …


VIDEO: Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova takes part in Summer League


VIDEO: Listen in as Knicks swingman Cleanthony Early participates in the Las Vegas Summer League


VIDEO: Wolves rookie Zach LaVine gets ready for his Summer League experience


VIDEO: Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool coaches up the team during Summer League


VIDEO: Kings assistant coach Chris Jent leads the team through a Summer League practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch out for DeMarcus Cousins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We already know that Kings C DeMarcus Cousins loves pranking people — he tried to fool all of us a few months ago with the infamous R&B debut album that didn’t exist. So I guess if you had to pick an NBA player who would genuinely enjoy wearing a costume mask, roaming around an office building and scaring people, DeMarcus Cousins would be a solid choice…


VIDEO: Cousins scares

(via TBL)

No. 33 – Thorpe’s number … and numbers

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Otis Thorpe

The number 33 had special significance for Otis Thorpe.

Name: Otis Thorpe

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 225

Birthday: Aug. 5, 1962

College: Providence

Drafted in 1984: 9th overall by Kansas City Kings

Draft fact: The No. 9 overall pick in the 1984 Draft, Otis Thorpe wore the number 33 for six different teams … and is 33rd on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list (10,370).

We’re just 33 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.