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NBA's Nik Stauskas WAR OVER 'SAUCE' NICKNAME ... From Streetball Legend

4/5/2015 12:35 AM PDT

NBA's Nik Stauskas -- WAR OVER 'SAUCE' NICKNAME ... From Streetball Legend

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Nik Stauskas' "saucy" new nickname ain't flyin on the streets -- with an AND1 streetball legend telling TMZ Sports ... the sauce nickname's like "Highlander" -- THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!!!

The guy with the grudge is Philip Champion -- aka "Hot Sauce" from all those baller mixtapes back in the day.

Mr. Sauce says he heard about Nik's new moniker, "Sauce Castillo" -- and he's got a real problem with it. 

"Everyone knows me as Hot Sauce. 2 Chainz shouted me out in one of his verses.  I've been in a Mountain Dew commercial. I've been in movies. Ballers around the league know I'd have a problem with this."

Of course, Nik got his nickname due to a closed captioning error -- but the Sacramento Kings are running with it ... even doing a "Sauce Castillo" night where all fans will get free hot sauce!!!

"At first, I could deal with them calling him 'Sauce' ... But now that they're associating him with "Hot Sauce??" I got a real problem."

"There's only one REAL 'Hot Sauce' ... I don't know who Nik Stauskas is."

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