Posts Tagged ‘sacramento kings’

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.

Sacramento Kings fan hits halfcourt shot, wins car

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a while there it seemed like fans were knocking down halfcourt shots left and right — or maybe that was just in Oklahoma City. But then things slowed down, at least until last night in Sacramento, where a fan drained a halfcourt shot to win a new car. (And check out the shot of the guys who are on the hook for the car.)


VIDEO: Kings fan hits a shot to win a car

DeMarcus Cousins says Happy April Fool’s

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins announced that he had an R&B album in the works. I wrote about it at the time and explained why, to me, this seemed at best improbable. Basically, after analyzing the evidence previously available online, I had to conclude that perhaps Boogie was attempting a hoax.

Yesterday, Boogie came clean…


VIDEO: Boogie April Fool’s

Sacramento Kings on best April Fools Day pranks

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is April 1, which means today is April Fools Day, a day to pull pranks and practical jokes. Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins apparently had one in the works, although I’m proud to say we sniffed it out yesterday before we got fooled. But in this video from the Kings, DeMarcus and several other Kings talk about some of their favorite April Fool’s Day pranks. Love how Vlade Divac is nearly driven to tears recalling the time he terrified Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds


VIDEO: Kings on April Fool’s Day

Is DeMarcus Cousins embarking on a singing career?

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Perhaps I have been fooled one too many times. Remember when we thought Kobe was making a piano, and it turned out to be an elaborate ad campaign? Yeah.

So maybe I’m just being skeptical here, but I’m not sure what to make of this story. Last night Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins announced that he would soon be launching an R&B career. He posted a photo on Instagram of what appears to be his CD (they still make CDs?) and wrote, “Coming soon…click link in my bio to hear sneak peak of my new single feat the homie @chancetherapper off my R&B album #BoogieSmooth”…

If you click the link, you are taken to this page, which promises an album called Misunderstood, with a single called “Emotional” and a bonus track called “Big Fellas” (featuring Rick Ross).

A video promoting the project also popped up on YouTube featuring producer Mally Mall


VIDEO: Boogie Smooth

This is all interesting stuff, but I still have a few doubts.

1. Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day.

2. On the promotional video for an album of DeMarcus Cousins singing, he doesn’t actually sing.

3. According to available internet evidence, Cousins doesn’t seem to be much of a singer…


VIDEO: Cousins at Media Day


VIDEO: Karaoke with Cousins

Perhaps I am wrong, and Cousins has yet again been Misunderstood. He’s got my attention. #boogiesmooth

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m. ET: The intrepid Marc J. Spears over at Yahoo Sports confirms our suspicions … this is an April Fool’s day prank

Luc Mbah A Moute treats fan club to game

Milwaukee Bucks v Minnesota Timberwolves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Pretty cool story out of Minneapolis, where Wolves forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute decided to step in and help some fans who traveled a long way to meet him.

The dozen young basketball players are all from around Avignon in the south of France. They became aware of Mbah a Moute through a friend of his who used to play for the nearby Basket Club Nyonsais. Because Mbah a Moute has roots in Africa (he is a native of Cameroon) and speaks French, this group of kids felt a particular kinship. As Mbah a Moute explained to Fox Sports, “The French connection, and a lot of those kids are also from Africa originally, so their parents are from Africa. Just being fans of a guy from Africa playing in the NBA, just my story, how I made it in the NBA.”

Still, after becoming fans of Mbah a Moute, getting to the U.S. to see him play a game wasn’t so easy. The original plan was to visit Milwaukee to see him play with his then-team the Bucks, but he was traded to the Sacramento Kings before the season. So they instead planned their trip around two games this week — Sacramento at Brooklyn on Sunday, and Sacramento at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

And then the Kings traded Mbah a Moute to Minnesota. The fans decided to keep their plans as they were, which would have meant missing Mbah a Moute. So Mbah a Moute got involved and paid for the entire group to fly out to Minnesota on Monday, where they had dinner with Mbah a Moute and Ronny Turiaf, and then they attended last night’s Bucks/Timberwolves game.

Ironically, Mbah a Moute didn’t actually get into the game last night, but it didn’t dampen the experience had by all. As Mbah a Moute told Twincities.com, “I just can’t imagine kids coming and doing something like that for someone they don’t know. I think it’s pretty special.”

When Other People Wear Shaq’s Clothes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShaquille O’Neal is one of the largest human beings in the world, which means he wears some of the largest clothes in the world. So if you ever see some of Shaq’s clothes laying around, be sure to try them on and snap a photo, because it’s never not funny.

The most recent example of this comes from Sacramento, where Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas found a shirt belonging to Shaq — a Kings co-owner — laying around and tried it on.

Of course, this is just the most recent example of this phenomenon. Just a few weeks back, Shaq was a guest on the first week of Jimmy Fallon‘s new gig hosting the “Tonight Show.” And on that night, he let Fallon try on his jacket…

Jimmy-Fallon-in-Shaq-sports-coat

Going back a few more months, when Tracy McGrady was pulling a shift on NBA TV’s “GameTime” and he needed a suit, he thought he could pull off wearing one of Shaq’s suits that was sitting around the Turner studios…

tmacshaq

And a few months before that, Reggie Miller was in the Turner studios and decided to give one of Shaq’s coats a try…