Quote of the day: Shaq is renaming Sacramento “Shaq-ramento”

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“The new name of the town will be ‘Shaq-ramento, capital of California.”

—Shaquille O’Neal, now one of the O’ners of the Sacramento Kings, at his introductory press conference in that role.

We’ll have more from this press conference later, but Shaq was a vintage version of himself speaking to Sacramento. He apologized for calling the Kings the “Queens” back in 2002, when the Lakers and Kings were rivals and the two best teams in the league.

Shaq also promised to pass along all his knowledge and wisdom to DeMarcus Cousins. Which is swell but only actually works if Cousins is willing to listen, but that’s another issue for another day.

Shaq bringing his personality to Sacramento is a good thing for a new ownership group led by Vivek Ranadive that has injected some energy and passion into a franchise that had been run into the ground by the Maloof family. They still have to prove this will translate over to the court, they still need to get a new building constructed, they still have a lot to prove, but they are taking great first steps.

Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)

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The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.

David West pump fakes past one Trail Blazer, posterizes another (video)

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David West is 37 years old.