The Sacramento Kings’ season got off to a bad start as they dropped their first four games. However, they have subsequently gone 6-2 and appeared to be an entirely different team. Domantas Sabonis, whom they traded for midway through the previous season, serves as its leader.
Over the past few years, Sabonis has established himself as one of the NBA’s top big men. Even Shaquille O’Neal was in awe of his performance during halftime of their game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.
O’Neal came up with a brilliant new moniker for Sabonis as Shaq laid down some game highlights for him. The “Lithuanian Lasagna” was the nickname he gave him. A variety of ingredients are piled together to make lasagna. Maybe that’s the analogy he was trying to make.
Sabonis is regarded as a multi-talented sort of center. He is a fantastic passer, can handle basketball, and is quite efficient. In each of the last seven seasons, he had a field goal percentage of between 51 and 59 percent. One of the top rebounders in the NBA is Sabonis. His league-leading average of 11.3 boards per game this year places him ninth.
You could say he’s the less talented version of Nikola Jokic. Their skill sets are remarkably comparable. The only centers in the league that are both their teams’ leading scorers and assist providers are Domantas Sabonis and Nikola Jokic.
But whenever Shaq gives you a new nickname, you know you’ve succeeded. The Kings are ahead of the Nets 115-82 at the end of the third quarter. The Kings have been completely destroyed and now seem like postseason contenders.