Frank Mason III

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 players show gratitude, reverence for Dwyane Wade in win over Heat

Kings players show gratitude, reverence for Dwyane Wade in win over Heat

SACRAMENTO -- Minutes before the game between the Kings and Heat started, the massive scoreboard that hangs over the Golden 1 Center court flashed to a live view of future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade sitting on the sideline.

Knowing it was his last game in town, a sold-out Sacramento crowd gave the 37-year-old star a huge ovation.

Once the ball was tipped, the Kings weren’t so nice. Wade took a monster spill in the first quarter and bounced his head off the floor. After a stint in the locker room, he returned to the game and looked like the Wade of old, dropping 11 points on the Kings in less than five minutes before the half.

The Kings tightened their defense in the second half, limiting the 12-time All-Star to just four points after the break and handing the Heat a 102-96 loss.

Following the game, it was a hugs and autographs for Kings players, many of which grew up idolizing the three-time NBA Champion.

“He’s a Hall of Famer, he’s a legend, he’s a hero,” Buddy Hield said. “He inspired many kids, from when I was a little boy. I can’t lie and say I wasn’t in the driveway shooting Dwyane Wade fadeaways and that rocker step he had and he’s always explosive. He won’t be forgotten.”

Hield was a big reason the Kings pulled out the win. He finished with a game-high 23 points, including seven in the final 6:46 of the game to help seal the win.

Despite pinning a loss on Miami, Wade gave Hield one of his signed shoes with a personalized message -- “To: Buddy, Loved watching you play since college. Keep going.”

Bogdan Bogdanovic received the other shoe and all he could say afterwards was, “legend” when asked about Wade. The personalized sneaker for the Kings’ second-year guard came with some encouraging words.

“To: Bogdan, love your game and the confidence you play with.”

While no one was quite sure how it happened, Frank Mason was able to land the prized possession -- Wade’s game-used jersey.

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It was a different feel to the evening. The Kings were adjusting to new teammates and slightly overwhelmed by Wade’s final visit. But in the end, they were able to stabilize down the stretch and come away with another big win on their home floor.

Kings takeaways: What we learned on 127-101 loss to James Harden, Rockets

Kings takeaways: What we learned on 127-101 loss to James Harden, Rockets

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SACRAMENTO -- Sometimes, the emotions of the day get the best of you. With the trade deadline shaking up Sacramento’s locker room, the young Kings looked overwhelmed and outgunned against the Houston Rockets.

Sensing the Kings were vulnerable, superstar James Harden and the veteran Rockets throttled the home team early and came away with a dominant 127-101 victory.

The loss snapped Sacramento’s seven-game home winning streak, which was their longest since 2006.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings fell to 28-26 on the season:

The Harden Effect

Harden is walking away with the NBA's MVP award this season, and it’s not even close. The veteran shooting guard loves to hoist up as many shots as he can get his hands on, and he finds a way to put the ball in the basket on most nights.

He started out strong against Sacramento, scoring 25 points in the first half. He kept chucking late, despite the game being well out of reach, finishing with 36 points on 13-of-26 from the field and 8-of-13 from long range.  

Burned by the Triple

Harden isn’t the only player on Houston who likes to shoot the long ball. Coach Mike D’Antoni has a whole group of shooters to and none of them mind tossing it up.

As a team, the Rockets finished the night 20-of-51 from behind the arc. Gerald Green hit 4-of-9 from deep. Eric Gordon went 4-for-10 and Austin Rivers chipped in a pair of makes.

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Frank Mason Sighting

Mason has struggled to find court time as of late. He’s the fifth guard on the roster, and coach Dave Joerger doesn’t seem to even want to go four deep on some nights.

With a lopsided score, Sacramento’s coach turned to the former Kansas star, and he responded with a nice offensive push. Mason finished the evening with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including two makes from behind the arc. 

He also went toe-to-toe with Harden in the fourth quarter, after the All-Star took exception to a foul. Despite his size, Mason isn’t one to back down from anyone.