Posts Tagged ‘sacramento kings’

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…

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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.)

NBA Mascots vs. NBA Dance Team

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What happens when a gang of NBA mascots face off in an epic dance battle against members of an NBA dance team? Let’s go tot the tape…


VIDEO: Mascot Dance-off

Robin Lopez interrupts mascot birthday celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How do you celebrate a birthday? If you’re a mascot, like Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson, you invite a bunch of your mascot friends over to hang out for a game, and you all take turns entertaining the crowd.

Or, if you’re Portland Trail Blazers center (and noted mascot hater) Robin Lopez, you celebrate a mascot’s birthday with a few well-placed punches, elbows and body slams. We will continue to monitor Lopez’s reign of mascot terror…


VIDEO: Lopez mascot birthday

DeMarcus Cousins versus elbows and a chair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I suppose there are two ways to look at what DeMarcus Cousins got into last night. On the one hand, Cousins has a history of expressing his temper in the wrong ways and drawing technical fouls, so it’s nice he showed he wasn’t thrilled while avoiding picking up a T. But on the other hand, maybe you don’t want to show your discontent by kicking a chair…

(BTW, watch the face of the woman just behind the bench. Such a perfect reaction.)

Then, a few minutes later, Memphis forward Zach Randolph squared off against Cousins, and accidentally caught him with not one but two elbows…

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But the best news for Cousins? The Kings hung on for a 102-90 win.