It was a very good time the opposite night time for Sacramento, the place they don’t get to have a number of basketball good instances, to see future Corridor of Famer Russell Westbrook come into city, shoot 2-for-14, and be lampooned on the scoreboard because the “Ice Chilly Participant Of The Recreation” whereas the world DJ performed Foreigner’s “Chilly As Ice” after a number of of these misses.
Westbrook didn’t actually discover throughout the sport, however he received a chuckle out of it and an opportunity to remind everybody that he’s been rattling good on this league for a very long time and given Sacramento loads of rougher nights than Wednesday.
Based on Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento, although, the NBA was not down with the 1977 hit getting used to troll a famous person. If it, ahem, “Feels Like The First Time” that the league has dealt unfairly with the Kings, nicely, it isn’t. Maybe the oldsters who screwed Sacramento within the positively* rigged 2002 Western Conference Finals merely haven’t tormented California’s capital sufficient.
*Everybody will get to consider a conspiracy principle right here and there, proper? Recreation 6 was a number of the biggest bullshit within the historical past of officiating, and 20 years later, it nonetheless stinks to excessive heaven.
Is it infantile for an NBA workforce’s sport ops to attempt to play “Head Video games” with an opponent? Positive, nevertheless it’s not an “Pressing” subject to get all “Scorching Blooded” about. That is professional sports activities, and whenever you’re a “Lengthy, Lengthy Approach From Residence,” no one expects to be handled like a “Juke Field Hero.”
The Kings discovered a strategy to be humorous about trolling an opponent in a method that wasn’t private, that followers may recognize, and that wouldn’t get redundant — most stars aren’t going to return into Sacramento and miss 85 p.c of their pictures. The NBA may’ve, and will’ve, simply stated “That Was Yesterday” and moved on.