“Simba Cam” was put to use by the Denver Nuggets during Friday’s 102-98 victory against the visiting San Antonio Spurs, with the results being captured and shared on social media. The team is the latest to put the activity to use during a game, and if the results proved anything, it’s that The Wave and Kiss Cam should fear for their screen time.
The Lion King-inspired concept is simple: The video board sports Pride Rock on the bottom section of the screen and blasts “Circle of Life” while parents shown on the board are encouraged to play Rafiki and lift their “cubs” for all the sports kingdom to see.
Here’s a look at some of those great Simbas:
This Simba, from Oklahoma’s 75-67 March 5 victory over TCU, proved that you’re never too old to be king.
After a few brief searches through social media, it was revealed that the Atlanta Braves are the apparent originator of the idea, with former shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who goes by the nickname “Simba,” being the team’s inspiration to turn everyday parents into human Rafikis. That took place in 2014, and sports arenas around the league have since followed suit, though it will be tough to be some of the Simba entries the Braves collected in Simmons’s time with the club — the practice was put on ice after he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in November.
The biggest fear the practice produces stems from the potential for a butter-fingered dad and a confused, crying child that grows up to hate sporting events for some odd, unknown reason that their parents quietly snicker about whenever the matter is brought up at dinner. But until that day inevitably comes, lift away, Rafikis.