Stacey King, the color commentator for the Chicago Bulls, is one of the most entertaining sports analysts on television. Fans have embraced King ever since he became the permanent commentator for the Bulls in 2007. For good reason, you will always hear something quote-worthy with the way King calls a Bulls’ game.
King has always been quick-witted and original with his quips. In the beginning of his Bulls tenure, King’s comments would often catch his fellow colleagues Neil Funk, Tom Dore and Johnny “Red” Kerr off guard.
King’s excitement while calling basketball games is that of a fan and his perspective is why we can relate to him. You can hear King’s joy when Derrick Rose makes a great play. King would shout the same things over the airwaves that we as fans are saying at home.
King had many great calls last season and I have selected 10 of his more memorable moments from 2012.
Some of Stacey King’s great calls include the following:
“It’s raining jumpers in Chicago baby!” Kyle Korver hits a three-pointer to put the Bulls ahead of the Miami Heat 98-96 in a middle March matchup.
“Asik and destroy!” Omer Asik dunks on the defender who dared to stand in his way.
“Give me some hot sauce Kyle Korver,” King would declare every time Korver made a big shot.
I cannot leave out King’s call anytime Derrick Rose was “too big, too strong, too fast and too good!”
Each call was great but the best is yet to come.
Stacey King remarks about a Jimmy Butler dunk: “There he is, jumping Jimmy Butler.”
Jimmy Butler did not play as much as we expected last season. He had his best game against the New York Knicks.
Many people remember Butler’s excellent defense on the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. What gets lost in the shuffle is his putback dunk with 3:31 left in the game.
The play came after a missed layup attempt by Joakim Noah. The Knicks did not place a body on Butler, allowing him to complete the jam.
Joakim Noah dunks over a late arriving Glen Davis of the Orlando Magic.
Noah has the ball and passes to John Lucas III. After the pass, Noah streaks to the basket. Lucas then returns the favor by finding an unguarded Noah who dunks the basketball.
Davis was the only Magic player to defend the play. Unfortunately, Davis was too late. Noah was in position to score and he did so with authority.
The dunk prompted this response form Stacey King: “Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, he was late getting over there but was early enough for a poster."
"Does anybody know how to post videos to Facebook?"
What Stacey King says: “Does anybody know how to post videos to Facebook, Neil Funk?”
King finds delight after Taj Gibson throws down a ferocious two-handed slam versus the Sacramento Kings.
Gibson’s dunk came from a good entry pass by Ronnie Brewer. During the play, Brewer dribbled the basketball just outside of the baseline where he found Gibson making a move towards the paint.
No one from the Kings challenged Gibson on the beautiful play.
Derrick Rose ties the game with the Detroit Pistons at 86 with a jump shot.
Rose’s shot prompted Stacey King to declare, “The Windy-City assassin is back, he’s back, Funk!”
The backstory behind King’s call went overlooked.
The Pistons’ game followed an emotional 96-86 Bulls’ win versus the Miami Heat. Rose played after missing the previous 13 out of 14 games due to injury.
Against the Heat, Rose shot a woeful 1-13.
His shooting struggles continued versus the Pistons before hitting the game-tying basket. The Bulls were victorious but lost Rose for the next three games.
Brian Scalabrine makes a reverse layup against the New Jersey Nets that earns Stacey King’s praise.
“The White Mamba, don’t do them like that, don’t’ show them the versatility,” quipped King after Scalabrine converted on a smooth play.
C.J. Watson has the basketball near the three-point line. Richard Hamilton then distracts a Nets defender. The defender in charge of guarding Scalabrine follows Hamilton, freeing Scalabrine up for an easy basket.
Scalabrine’s layup ignited the United Center crowd as the Bulls marched on to a win.
Stacey King’s “Luol Dangerous Deng” comments were common last season. My most memorable “Luol Dangerous Deng” moment came after Deng hit a three-pointer versus the 76ers.
C.J. Watson had just received a pass on a fast break. While weighing his options, Watson had three choices. He could have either passed the ball to Derrick Rose on the wing, fed Taj Gibson in the post or given the ball to a trailing Deng.
Watson chose the latter. Watson made a pass to a wide-open Deng who sank a big three-pointer.
It was the first time King had uttered the phrase “Luol Dangerous Deng” during a telecast.
Carlos Boozer collects a rebound against the Philadelphia 76ers. After the rebound, Boozer passes the ball to Derrick Rose. The 76ers were slow in reacting on defense and Rose took full advantage.
Rose raced with the ball from one end of the Wells Fargo Center floor to the other.
Elton Brand was the 76ers' last hope on defense, but he was a second too late. Rose eventually sprinted by Brand and scored on a layup.
King marvels about the play by Rose saying, “There is no way in the world that Elton Brand was going to be able to run with him. He is like a Ferrari with a bunch of Hyundai’s out there.”
Derrick Rose torments the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings with a game-winning step back jumper. The shot came as the seconds were winding down the game clock.
Rose took the inbounds pass with 18.1 seconds left in the game. He dribbled the ball while being guarded by Jennings. Rose started to make his move with less than six seconds remaining. After a crossover dribble, Rose connects on a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer.
Stacey King marvels at the shot by stating: “Make me jump back and kiss myself. MVP time! Windy City Assassin does it again!”
The fans inside of the Bradley Center left the arena stunned by the shot.
With the call of Stacey King, Luol Deng became dangerous for a second time.
Deng became “Luol Dangerous” again after he made a game-winning shot against the Toronto Raptors. Deng scored on an offensive rebound from a missed shot by Watson.
The putback came as the final buzzer sounded. An ecstatic King shouts, “Bucket, that’s gotta be good. Luol Deng-erous with the offensive rebound. They are gonna take a look at it. They’re gonna take a look at it, but it looks like a bucket.”
The Milwaukee Bucks’ Jon Leuer became a victim of a Taj Gibson dunk in a late-season game.
An amazed Stacey King chimed in with his best call to date. “I didn’t come for the massage, Funk; I came for the facial.”
The dunk came from a broken play.
Derrick Rose had the ball but the Bucks’ defenders pressured him near half court. Rose avoids a Bucks’ double-team before he finds Gibson in the low post by himself.
Gibson catches the pass and dunks the ball, leaping over a helpless Leuer.
The quotes of Stacey King were obtained from CSN Chicago and NBA.com.