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Kings rookie Harry Giles explains the origins of the 'Litty Committee'

Kings rookie Harry Giles explains the origins of the 'Litty Committee'

The Sacramento Kings aren’t new to quality bench nicknames. 
 
The "Bench Mob" and the "Goon Squad" hyped up fans in purple long before there was #PurpleTalk. 
 
But this season, the Kings’ bench has adopted a moniker, the "Litty Committee," that is synonymous with both the second unit and a dance group they started to add energy to tip-off.
 
In the latest episode of Kings Central -- debuting March 19 after Kings Postgame Live on NBC Sports California -- rookie Harry Giles III explains the origins of the Litty Committee while getting pedicures with Kayte Hunter. 
 
Kayte Hunter: You’re kind of at the forefront of that Litty Committee, that pregame dancing. How did that whole thing get started?
 
Harry Giles III: It’s weird. It’s weird. We started off, we started dapping hands at the scorer’s table before the game and I would just run down and dap everybody up and then we just started jumping. That’s how it kind of got started. But it started with me and Ben [McLemore III]. When I would do that, me and Ben, Ben McLemore would be at the end. He’s the person I would dap up last every time and he would always just be jumping and bouncing around and I kind of just started doing it with him. I would dap him and we just started bouncing together, we started jumping together. Then I think Frank [Mason III] and Marvin [Bagley III], they just started bouncing with us too. Because, you know, they were all just standing there and it was just a way to get ourselves going. And next thing you know the whole team was doing it. And then we started winning some jump balls, some we didn’t. So it kind of sparked a little convo with it like ‘Ah, we gotta stop doing it’ but I’m like ‘nah, this is a way to get us going.’
 
KH: Well, and then Frank took it to the, the whole dancing. He took it to the next level with that. And then [Bogdan Bogdanovic] getting involved; it’s hilarious. 
 
HG: It’s crazy because Frank is the ringleader of a lot of stuff that goes on with the Kings and nobody really knows it. Like even with the lingo we use, from block boy, to talk, all the talk, anything talk, purple talk, gang talk, king talk, whatever it is. All that’s from Frank Mason, you know what I’m saying? You know, we started saying, me and him would always just have this little lingo and then we just brought it to the team. But he had a lot to do with a lot of that. And even just the dancing, you know, he brings his own little goofy dance into it, man. And just him, who he is, and just his demeanor made it so much more funny too. So, you know, you got to love him, man. He’s done so much behind the scenes that nobody knows.
 
Programming note: New episodes of Kings Central debut monthly during the NBA season on NBC Sports California. 

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Buddy Buckets. Buddy Fresh. Buddy Love. Just plain Buddy.

Buddy Hield has a clever name that goes with anything, and it matches his giant smile and flare for the dramatic.

But not everyone knows that Buddy isn’t the Kings' sharpshooter's real first name. Born Chavano Rainer Hield, the fourth-year guard has been known by "Buddy" since he was an infant.

The story of where he landed that nickname is funny, to say the least.

“Buddy, good question,” Hield answered on the Road Trippin’ Kings podcast with Doug Christie and De’Aaron Fox. “So, there’s a show called 'Married with Children...'”

Wait, pump the brakes. This can’t be going where I think it’s going.

“The character’s name was Bud Bundy and he was red and I was a red baby, so my mom’s neighbor, my cousin Carol, she was like, ‘Doesn’t he look like Bud?’,” Hield said.

Yes, the Buddy Hield origin story starts with "Married with Children" and Bud Bundy?

According to the former Oklahoma Sooner guard, there was a drug dealer in his neighborhood in the Bahamas named Bud who had just been ‘shot up,’ so the family added an extra "d" and a "y" and he’s been known as Buddy ever since.

While his mother still calls him Chavano when she gets upset with him, the name Buddy has stuck with him since he was two months old.

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Buddy's nickname clearly has a more unique origin story than Fox’s ‘Swipa the Fox’ moniker, which comes from the cartoon "Dora the Explorer."

Somewhere out there, actor David Faustino is about to have a new favorite NBA player.

Listen to Fox, Christie and Hield on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox isn't here for Fran Fraschilla's college basketball takes.

After Zion Williamson thanked the program in a video announcing his intention to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, Fraschilla sent out a tweet noting how much he believed playing for Duke helped the phenom build his brand and profile.

Well, Fox didn't agree with the notion that Duke had a lot to do with boosting Zion's worth, and he threw some shade at Fraschilla in a NSFW tweet.

In fairness, both sides have a point to make.

A year ago, Williamson was a YouTube dunking sensation, but questions about his overall skill level remained. But during his lone season in the spotlight at Duke, Williamson showed he was more than just a highlight-reel dunker, and has all the skills necessary to be the No. 1 overall pick.

However, Williamson should've had the ability to go straight to the NBA out of high school if he wanted. He still would have been a top-10 pick, and a lucrative shoe contract would have followed shortly after his name was called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

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We'll give the win to Swipa.