The 6-foot-4 University of Oklahoma product recently made his season debut as a King amassing 16 points, six rebounds, and a steal. Although this was nothing close to a typical Curry line, it was impressive nonetheless.
Regardless of his stellar start, Hield was not exempt from falling victim to the usual initiation pranks played on rookies. Right after the game, the newest member of Sactown found out that someone had stolen his underwear.
Buddy Hield is having a welcome to Sacramento moment. Someone has stolen his boxers.
— James Ham (@James_Ham) February 24, 2017
Evidently, underwear theft has become widespread in the Sacramento locker room as Hield is not the first victim of this crime.
So apparently Kosta Koufos has been stealing his teammates underwear all year. I did not expect to that sentence to come out of my fingers.
— Tony Xypteras (@TonyXypteras) February 24, 2017
Fortunately, the former two-time Big 12 Basketball Player of the Year proved to have some investigative prowess as he was able to quickly identify the culprit. Turns out, the perpetrator was none other than 7-foot big man Kosta Koufos. Hield did not hesitate to publicize Koufos’ crimes to the media and even gave a bit of a parting shot to his new colleague, via Ben Rohrbach of Ball Don’t Lie.
“I’m going to start calling him ‘Goofus.’ He stole my boxers and stuff. He’s cool, though. I’m just going to buy him an extra pair.”
Rookie initiations have been a longstanding tradition in the NBA. It has become a right of passage for new recruits and is a peculiar welcoming gesture from team veterans. In this light, Hield should be pleased that his new teammates have not taken long before warming up to him. Hopefully this will translate to on-court chemistry as the Kings look to finish their campaign on a high note.