WBEZ | Stacey King http://www.wbez.org/tags/stacey-king Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Where has all the NBA trash talking gone? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/where-has-all-nba-trash-talking-gone-104304 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_mj_larry_bird_and_kevin_mchale.jpg" style="float: right; height: 347px; width: 300px;" title="Three of the best NBA talkers: MJ, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.(AP Photo)" />A few weeks ago a fan in Cleveland did a little trash-talking to Bulls guard Richard Hamilton, a rather weak &quot;you&rsquo;re an old man&rdquo; taunt. It made me realize that the art of trash talking is just not what it used to be, especially among the players.</p><p>Hamilton said it was much better six or seven years ago. He thinks players have become too friendly with each other and the evolution of the rules with the referees calling fouls on any words or actions has quieted the &quot;talking.&quot; In the good &#39;ole days of Michael Jordan and Larry Bird that was when it was done best &mdash; on the court by the players. That is where it became an art form &mdash; and one of the most lethal tactical move by those elite players. Former players described who they considered the kings on the court, known for their ability to use words as well as a basketball.</p><p><strong>The Best:</strong></p><p>Boston Celtic great Larry Bird was mentioned on the top of most people&rsquo;s list. Former Bull top draft pick and now TV analyst Stacey King was christened by Bird&rsquo;s words his rookie season. &ldquo;I remember being in Boston Garden during a shoot around,&quot; King recalled. &quot;Phil Jackson told me not to give Larry Bird any air space. During the game Larry Bird was five feet behind the NBA three-point line. He looks at me and says, &lsquo;Are you going to give me this shot?&rsquo; I say, &lsquo;I dare you to shoot.&rsquo; Bird says, &lsquo;You know, if I make this, you are coming out of the game.&rsquo; Phil is yelling at me to get up on him; Bird shot the ball at least eight feet behind the line.&rdquo; After he made the basket, Bird went down the court and told King he did that to everyone. By the way, Stacey wound up on the bench.</p><p>Bulls coach Ed Pinkney gave kudos to a few players that talked trash. &ldquo;Kevin McHale was good; Michael Jordan was right at the top,&quot; said Pinkney. &quot;He would tell you <em>and</em> the coaches what he would do.&quot;</p><p>A couple of Jordan&rsquo;s teammates had difficulty trying to remember Michael&rsquo;s actual wording, but most of it was profane. Bulls President John Paxson said his former backcourt mate used it to gain an advantage over his opponents. King said Jordan did some talking to then-Cleveland Coach Lenny Wilkins about the Cavs defender guarding him. Michael dissed the coach and the player when he said, &quot;<em>He&rsquo;s</em> your Jordan stopper?&quot;</p><p><strong>Honorable mentions: </strong></p><p>Former Bulls center and team radio broadcaster Bill Wennington added Reggie Miller and Reggie Theus to the club. Gary Payton and Tim Hardaway talked from the beginning to the end of games, according to Bulls coach Adrian Griffin. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Trash Talking Fan:</strong></p><p>The fan that was mentioned by everyone was Washington&#39;s Robin Ficker. He would sit behind the opponent&rsquo;s bench with a constant stream of talking; he was relentless with his commentary. I remember one time he read Sam Smith&rsquo;s book, <em>Jordan Rules, </em>out loud the whole game.</p><p>Today&#39;s best talkers seem to be fewer and farther between, according to former and present players; Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are the major talkers. Besides the congenial friendships, maybe it&#39;s the social media, which allows more freedom to do the trash talking. Stacey King thinks Twitter has become the main vehicle for fans to trash talk. . . they can be heard and not seen.</p><p>The NBA also instituted the taunting rule, which penalizes a player for saying or doing anything that could be misconstrued. John Paxson said when the league expanded there was a reduction of games teams played against one another. Rivalries intensified with a six game series over a season, now three is the most two team will play.</p><p>Nothing was better than the Bulls and Pistons or the Bulls and Knicks. That was when the talking and the playing were at its best &mdash; it was almost an art form.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout&nbsp;</a>and Facebook at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/where-has-all-nba-trash-talking-gone-104304 Tyler Hansbrough is not a good looking dude (and other random observations from Bulls/Pacers) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-19/tyler-hansbrough-not-good-looking-dude-and-other-random-observations <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-19/AP110418052509.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-19/AP110418052509.jpg" style="width: 494px; height: 427px;" title=""></p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/4907050-417/derrick-roses-36-points-send-bulls-to-2-0-series-lead-over-pacers.html">Chicago Bulls held court with a big win yesterday at the United Center to send the playoff series back to Indiana with a 2-0 lead</a>. You can go to <a href="http://espnchicago.com">espnchicago.com</a> for comprehensive coverage. You can stay here for my quick, random observations:</p><ul><li>The players seemed cold. Not in their play, but in their temperature. There was a bit of the blowing into the hand/fist and full warm-up gear when players hit the bench. Does it hurt the Bulls that the Hawks are playing at the same time (they played night before)?</li><li>Going to a break, TNT showed a shot of Navy Pier and the Ferris wheel. I think the mics were supposed to go off, but you heard Dick Stockton (play by play) say "So that is the Navy Pier, I'm gonna guess..." Yeah Dick, that's the Navy Pier.</li><li>Tyler Hansbrough (Pacers) is a really awkward looking, ugly fellow, eh? I'm sorry, but that haircut does not suit him. And then you also throw in the demeanor of a thug looking for a fight in the K-Mart parking lot? Wow. Congrats Indy. Do women like this dude?</li><li>During the TNT halftime show, they cut back to the halftime performance at the UC and it was the Cirque Du Soleil bit where two bare-chested dudes lift each other in sensual, erotic, aerobic dance. Weird call, Bulls.</li><li>I switched to Comcast for the second half to get a local perspective. First thing I saw? The sideline reporter caught Bulls Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin for an interview. Now that's hyper-local.</li></ul><p>Okay, I'm done. Wait, here's a picture of Hansbrough:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-19/Pacers-hansbrough.jpg" title="What's up ladies. I'm Tyler. You come to the KMart parking lot a lot? You want to see my car? " width="500"></p><p><strong>B story</strong>: The <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/uncategorized/a-note-from-the-editor/">Chicago News Cooperative launched their website today</a>. I can't wait to read their stuff in the New York Times. When does this new news organization start? What? It's been out for almost two years??? This is what we call a soft, slow, meandering launch. But it's out there now. And it does look good!</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Rahm is having a press conference to announce something at the Brown line stop at the Merchandise Mart. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-derailment-delaying-red-brown-purple-trains-20110419,0,7371327.story">Too bad the press can't get there because all the trains are delayed due to derailment</a>. So if you are reading this while trapped on a platform at Fullerton, please know I have a solution. When the train comes, stay on it to Merchandise Mart and you can ask the Mayor-elect about his plans to pay you back for your misery this morning. 10:30am. Don't say I never did anything for you, readers.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: I love that the prosecution in the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/unwanted-publicity-emanuels-blagojevich-trial-headache-85357">Blagojevich trial are trying to curb the former governor's press spree</a>. Come on government. This is classic TV (again). It's fun to watch him tell the same "play the tapes" speech over and over. Don't take that away from us (and the producers of morning TV). I say the prosecution asks the judge to not curb, but to force the morning news shows to be creative in their segments. Blago in a dunk tank. Blago doing novelty boxing with Judy Baar. Things like that.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It's cold, still. If it hits May and it's still like this outside, I'm calling a weather doctor. Something's definitely wrong.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cbsports-bears-london-game-hinges-on-labor-resolution-by-aug-1-20110418,0,4510875.story">Bears 2011-12 schedule is supposed to come out tonight</a>. And the rumors are swirling that the NFL kickoff game will be the Bears versus the Packers. That's the game on Thursday that features a random rapper and some random country singer in the pre-game, I think. Anyway, I don't know if I'm ready for that. The loss of the NFC Championship and Cutler's knee antics are still hanging around like a couple late-night cocktails. To know that we might have to relive that on the first game of the NFL season? In primetime? Watching Cutler suck or get hurt or get pasted by the Packers? That's a must-win. I'm calling it out now. Bears have to win that game. I mean, if there's a season.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Hey, <a href="http://www.headlineclub.org">Blogs.vocalo.org (our old blog network) was nominated for a Lisagor award yesterday</a>. This nomination is for our work in 2010. That work includes Robert Feder and the gigantic media story about the management at the Chicago Tribune. It also includes Jim DeRogatis' work about Lollapalooza and privatizing of the downtown music festivals. It also included Lee Bey (architecture), Steve Dolinsky (food), John Conroy (Burge), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Mission AMY KR), Achy Obejas (CityLife), Anne Elizabeth Moore (Whittier sit-in) and online WBEZ blog posts, multimedia and video by Andrew Gill, Steve Edwards and the City Room crew.</p><p>That is a lot of talented people to be listed under "staff." Can all of that give Roger Ebert, the defending champ, a run for his money? We'll see...</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-19/tyler-hansbrough-not-good-looking-dude-and-other-random-observations Lost weekend: Where should Rahm Emanuel party next? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/lost-weekend-where-should-rahm-emanuel-party-next-84766 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-05/rahm-ddoor.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 669px;" title="Rahm Emanuel in what might be the worst cell phone picture ever"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: There were a handful of posts and Tweets yesterday reporting that<a href="http://manupchicago.com/rahm-emanuel-double-door-black-joe-lewis/"> Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel was spotted at Double Door for the Black Joe Lewis show Saturday night</a>. I received a few texts the night of with the same information. Hey, there's nothing wrong with a guy enjoying music in Chicago. Some complained that the show became about snapping cell phone pictures of Rahm in the audience, taking away from the show on stage. Some wonder if there were political motives. May I suggest another? Bender.</p><p>That's right, Rahm Emanuel is going it alone in Chicago right now. His family is still in DC. So if you had already done your work and were waiting for your new job to start and you had access to box seats at Wrigley and your favorite artist was coming to Wicker Park, wouldn't you throw down? Let's be honest here: Every guy in the world would love to have a few days off from the family. We love em, sure and we miss them terribly, but when in Rome, do what the Romans do. In this case, that involves Opening Day at Wrigley, pizza at Piece Pizza, Black Joe Lewis at Double Door and probably a bunch of bar food carry out on a lazy Sunday afternoon trying to shake that headache from the Honkers Ale.</p><p>(We're also assuming here that he's not being influenced by <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hall_pass/"><em>Hall Pass</em></a>. He has better taste than that, right?)</p><p>Possible Emanuel sightings to come: Punk Rock Monday's at Delilahs, Rockabilly night at Martyrs, 2am at Round the Clock liquors with a bunch of college girls, sleeping on the Red Line, standing in line at Joe's for Mr. Blotto and fighting a cab driver who didn't drop him off at the right corner. Also, maybe a little Whirly Ball?</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Richard Babcock is the focus of <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/2011/04/05/chicago-magazines-babcock-can-you-judge-an-editor-by-his-covers/">Robert Feder's column today</a>. Feder breaks down some of the best covers from Chicago Magazine's past. Babcock is stepping down as editor of the magazine. I'm sure there were a great number of inspiring covers under Babcock's direction, but it's the ones in between that I would like to focus on. We used to play a game when the new Chicago Magazine would be delivered. Co-workers would all gather around and guess the cover before we ripped open the envelope. I had three go-to guesses: Best Lawyers, Best Doctors, Best Getaways. I usually won.&nbsp; I was also stunned that Feder missed this photo, which also ran in Chicago Magazine during Babcock's tenure. That's right, I'm a dirty bear:</p><p><img alt="" height="400" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-05/schad.jpg" title="" width="600"></p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-04-04/will-dave-matthews-save-far-south-side-84741">DeRogatis had the scoop last night</a>: Dave Matthews is bringing a festival to the Far South Side, near or at the former US Steel South Works plant. WOW. Now, that is technically still Chicago, right? Not Indiana? So I can make the tasteless joke: DMB is back with this cheesy festival, ready to sh*t on Chicago once again? ZING.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Oh yeah, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/suburbs-14-chicago-wards-head-polls-84748">today's the runoff election</a>. We will see a whole new City Council after tonight. Or at least, one with aldermen who don't fall asleep while at work.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: My weather tracker said 36 degrees this morning, but it felt more like 45.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Dennis Rodman makes the NBA Hall of Fame! I put together <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-04/dennis-rodman-chicagos-1-bad-boy-84730">some choice clips yesterday</a> of Rodman's on and off court antics. I had a whole angle that Dennis should go into the Hall of Fame as a Bull, instead of a Piston. But then I realized that the NBA Hall of Fame doesn't work like the MLB Hall of Fame. So I just embedded some YouTube clips instead. I couldn't find my favorite Rodman clip where he gets tangled up with Antonio Davis (Pacers) and then grabs his arm and starts dancing with him at mid-court. I think this was a playoff game. Davis thought it was funny at first but then his machismo took over and he pushed Dennis away. That's what Dennis did better than any other player in the history of the game: be effeminate. And it worked. It was almost like he was the first out of the closet basketball player in NBA history. Even though I don't think he was gay.&nbsp;</p><p>In this clip (check at 3:00-on), Rodman gets into it with a young Stacey King when Rodman was on San Antonio. The video is from German TV. Will someone please ask Stacey what he thinks of Rodman getting into the Hall of Fame?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PBX8CcMpqV0" title="YouTube video player" width="425"></iframe></p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: More Rodman. Rodman crushes Bob Costas during a game. Poor thing. Too bad Dennis missed Isiah...</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xyTzcVcyJGA" title="YouTube video player" width="425"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/lost-weekend-where-should-rahm-emanuel-party-next-84766 Carol Mosely Braun holds press conference in front of blood-stain, hours after drive-by http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/carol-mosely-braun-holds-press-conference-front-blood-stain-hours-after-drive <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/moselybraun-bloodstain.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I'm a little late, but maybe this could be a new segment for the blog - instead of a morning round-up, maybe I can gather interesting tidbits from reporters and ongoing stories and deliver you an afternoon report:</p><p><strong>Top Story</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/jim-reilly/navy-pier-getting-leased">Navy Pier is being leased to a not-for-profit</a>. According to Al Keefe's story today, the new not-for-profit wants to make the pier more &quot;family-friendly.&quot; No doubt that will include re-approaching the Chicago Childrens Museum, who's latest plan to move to Grant Park has been stymied by political forces. But no one mentioned the makeshift Thomas Train by the fudge shop. No word if renovations and expansion might be in the works for the odd, circular, indoor train.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>:&nbsp;Carol Mosely Braun held a press conference today at the site of a drive-by shooting to emphasize the need for better crime policies. The drive-by actually happened this morning and reporters and cameramen were treated to graphic blood stains on the street to punctuate her point. Now, I'm sure every crime reporter has seen their share of blood stains, but this wasn't a crime story, rather a press conference for a politician running for office. What do you think? Does this smack of exploiting victims or does it bring home the need for us to deal with violence on Chicago streets? Here's the picture of the stain, which was directly behind Mosely-Braun. Was this intended by the campaign? Or did the media, upon arrival, choose this spot because of the gruesome scene?&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="375" width="500" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-05/moselybraun-bloodstain.jpg" /></p><p><strong>C story</strong>:&nbsp;Hey, WBEZ's Tony Arnold made the front-page of the Sun-Times today! He's so close to becoming recognized on the street:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="600" width="450" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-05/rahm-tonyarnold.jpg" /></p><p><strong>D story</strong>: You got to give it up for Sarah Jindra. Our traffic reporter took her flip camera and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-sarah-jindra-gives-birds-eye-view-wacker-drive-traffic">recorded a video high-above Wacker Drive</a> to show the hot-spots, congestion and new alternative routes due to construction. For my money, best coverage of the construction to date. Kudos Jindra!</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Ooooh, it's cold. And whenever I&nbsp;wear a sports jacket, I&nbsp;can't get my puffy coat over it so I&nbsp;go without. So I've got a long, cold commute tonight.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: You know who else is awesome?&nbsp;Stacey King. The colorful color-commentator for the Chicago Bulls gave us a few minutes before a recent home game to help us better understand his awesome, off-the-cuff, wild-tongued phrases. He is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wikipedia-files-stacey-king">'King' of the Wikipedia Files</a>.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Are you serious? <a href="http://gapersblock.com/merge/archives/2011/01/05/vanilla-ice/">Butt-dialing</a>? I hope Wilmette outlaws butt-dialing.</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 19:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/carol-mosely-braun-holds-press-conference-front-blood-stain-hours-after-drive Wikipedia Files: Stacey King http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wikipedia-files-stacey-king <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/staceyking.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>First off, may I&nbsp;just say that Stacey King is a giant? Look at how big he is compared to little ole' me. I&nbsp;would not want to meet him in the paint. King is well-known to Chicago sports fans. He was a role player during the Chicago Bulls first championship run in the early 90s. And although he left Chicago, he has returned in recent years to become the television color-commentator for games on&nbsp;WGN-TV and Comcast Sports.</p><p>King is quickly gaining cult status as a broadcaster, due to his playful banter with partner Neil Funk, but also because of his creative and off-the-cuff sayings during the basketball game. Anyone who watches the Bulls on a regular basis has been treated to King-isms like &quot;there's a mouse in the house!&quot; or &quot;If you are scared, buy a dog.&quot; It was a real treat to travel to the bowels of the United Center to fact-check the Stacey King Wikipedia page with the real-deal, Stacey King.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wikipedia-files-stacey-king