Ronald Stacey King (born January 29, 1967) is an American sports announcer and retired National Basketball Association (NBA) center who won three consecutive championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1991 to 1993. King is currently the lead color commentator for Chicago Bulls television broadcasts.
NBA career (1989-1999)
After a stand-out career at the University of Oklahoma, King was selected by the Bulls in the 1989 NBA draft with the sixth pick. He was one of three first round picks by the Bulls in that draft (the other two were B. J. Armstrong and Jeff Sanders). He played four and a half seasons in Chicago before being traded during the 1993-94 campaign to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for 7'2" Australian-born center Luc Longley. He was last active in the NBA during the 1996-97 season while playing a handful of games for both the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics.
Post NBA career
King was named the head coach of the CBA's Rockford Lightning in 2001. The team reached the CBA championship game in 2002 with King as coach.
King began his career with CSN Chicago as a studio analyst for pre and post game shows for the Chicago Bulls. He filled in as a third commentator during the 2006 playoffs joining Johnny "Red" Kerr, and Tom Dore. He was permanently added during the 2007 season. In 2008, Tom Dore was replaced by Neil Funk and Kerr's duties were significantly reduced, leading King to become the lead color commentator for the Bulls alongside Neil Funk. King is currently working as a color commentator for Chicago Bulls television broadcasts on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV.
King's popularity as an announcer has grown thanks to his great enthusiasm as well as his signature catch-phrases and nicknames. They include:
"The Finnisher" (Lauri Markkanenfinish at the rim)
"Taking cookies!" (Shaq Harrison steal)
"Thats Rockford deep" (A deep three pointer by a Bulls player)
- "Meet me at the rim, and don't be late! (after a dunk)
- "If you're scared, buy a dog!"
- "Too big, too strong, too fast, too good" (in reference to Derrick Rose's play)
- "Give me the hot sauce!" (when a Bulls player hits a three-pointer)
- "Reservations for 3, Mr. Korver, your table is ready" (when former Bull Kyle Korver hit a three-pointer)
- "A?ik and Destroy", "The Turkish Hammer", and "The SuperBull from Istanbul" (for former Bull Ömer Ak)
- "He's giving out tickets to the Booze Cruise" (when former Bull Carlos Boozer hit a mid-range jumper)
- "He just blew by him like he had an I-Pass"
- "He took the elevator all the way to the top floor" (in reference to dunks)
- "I wanna go higher!" (Derrick Rose)
- "Big time players make big time plays!" (Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler)
- "Bang Bang, Luol Deng"
- "Who is that masked man?" (former Bull Richard Hamilton)
- "Big Sexy" (former Bull Kurt Thomas)
- "Chicago's Finest Brew" (former Bull Ronnie Brewer)
- "Elementary my dear Watson" (former Bull C. J. Watson)
- "I didn't come for the massage, Funk, I came for the facial." (in reference to dunks)
- "Here's Johnny!" (former Bull John Lucas III)
- "Lieutenant Deng", "That's Dengerous" "Luol Deng(erous)" (former Bull Luol Deng)
- "Does anybody know how to post videos to Facebook?" (when a player dunks the ball)
- "Hard hat, lunch pail, always punching the clock" (Taj Gibson)
- "Secretary of Defense!" (Taj Gibson)
- "The Man, the Myth, the Legend" (Brian Scalabrine; King also referred to him as "The White Mamba")
- "Who did it? The Butler did it!" (Jimmy Butler)
- "Drive home safely Chicago (or name of road city when the Bulls play on the road). Beep Beep!" (Used at the end of a Bulls victory.)
- "Heart, Hustle and Muscle" (Referring to any offensive rebound and putback, especially by Joakim Noah)
- "That's big-boy basketball right there" (referring to strong play by a Bulls player)
- "This is a man's game--no boys allowed!"
- "He just put him in the spin cycle" (referring to a spin move by a Bulls player)
- "Welcome to the block party" (Whenever a Bulls player blocks another player)
- "Let me step back and kiss myself, [obscene kissing noises]" (Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler)
- "He was late getting over but early for a poster" (when a Bulls opponent gets dunked on)
- "Mouse in the house" (when an obvious size mismatch is exploited by a Bulls player against an opponent in the painted area)
- "I like my meatballs spicy!" (Marco Belinelli)
- "Can I have some butter with that roll?" (when a Bulls player performs a finger roll)
- "No soup for you" (when a Bulls player makes a block)
- "He gave him the Hinrich Maneuver!", "Beam me up, Scotty!" (Kirk Hinrich)
- "Captain Kirk" (Kirk Hinrich)
- "Jimmy G. Buckets...the G stands for GETS." (Jimmy Butler)
- "Mike Dun-leave-me open!" (in reference to open made three point shots by Mike Dunleavy)
- "Mike Dun-V-P Dunleavy!" (Mike Dunleavy)
- "Now freeze it...now go ahead and roll it!" (any replay scenario)
- "Dunk you very much!"
- "Big things come in small packages!" (Nate Robinson, D. J. Augustin, Aaron Brooks)
- "CJ Waatttsonnnn!" (C.J. Watson)
- "Make em dance DJ!" (D. J. Augustin)
- "Mister Excitement!" (Nate Robinson)
- "Speed kills" (D. J. Augustin)
- "Threeeeekoooolaaaa" (Nikola Miroti?)
- "Niko Suavé" (Nikola Miroti?)
- "Pau, Pau, Pau" (Pau Gasol)
- "(Sings) 'Nationwide is on your side'" (jingle for Nationwide Insurance)
- "Mr. Fundamentals" (Mike Dunleavy)
- "Mama, there goes that man!" (Aaron Brooks)
- "ET phone home!" (E'Twaun Moore)
- "More, more, more, how do you like it?!" (E'Twaun Moore)
- "He's a little man with big man moves!" (Aaron Brooks)
- "The Windy City Assassin" (used for Derrick Rose when he makes a clutch shot)
- "He's the Windex man, always cleaning the glass" (used for a rebound by Joakim Noah)
- "The Magician" (Aaron Brooks)
- "Big Naz" (Nazr Mohammed)
- "Kirk the Savvy Veteran" (Kirk Hinrich)
- "T time" (Tony Snell)
- "McBuckets" (Doug McDermott)
- "Sneaky hops!" (When Doug McDermott dunks)
- "Bang, Bang, Bang!" (Lauri Markkanen 3 pointer)
- "(former player) would be proud!" (Robin Lopez scores)
- "The Arch of Dimes" (Ryan Arcidiacono)
Off the court
Due to the popularity of his catchphrases, King started a clothing line called 21King. The label mainly consists of T-shirts. He is also an avid tweeter.