Written by Max Bricker
Despite being the first week back at SLO, a week where I would normally be pumped, I have been unusually melancholy over the past few days. The reason being the Sacramento Kings… for now at least. It isn’t yet confirmed, but it looks like the Kings may be moving to Seattle. If this is the case, I would like to reflect on the team that gave me so much joy in my younger years.
I’ll be the first to admit it- the Kings are awful now. I’ll even admit that I don’t know the name of the current coach; wait… actually I do. Keith Smart (only because he suspends DeMarcus Cosuins as often as the team wins). The Kings haven’t been good since when- 2006? Regardless of what the year was, they have not been good since they got rid of head coach Rick Adelman. Any Kings fan should have known that the organization was going downhill when they hired Eric Musselman as their head coach; the guy was terrible, and only to be followed by several other incompetent coaches.
I used to really like the Maloofs- they had great intensity at the ball games, seemed to really love the team, and appeared to be the twin versions of Mark Cuban. Now, I’m not so sure. I do not follow what the Maloofs are doing on a daily basis, but it looks like they care more about partying in Las Vegas than they care about the team that they own. They have been trying to sell the team for years now, and it looks like they might have found a buyer.
Regardless of the lack of talent, poor coaching, and terrible management, I still love the Kings. From the ages of 7-12 I never missed a game; I went to bed most nights smiling, while spending the other nights crying. The Kings gave me two of my best and worst sports moments of my life.
Worst: The infamous tip that magically ended up in the hands of Robert Horry. Robert Horry was to the Kings what Bucky Dent was to the Red Sox. The guy was the original Tim Tebow- mediocre player for the first 3 ½ quarters, miracle worker the last few minutes. I don’t think I have ever been more upset in my life than I was this day. Not only did the Kings get screwed by Horry, it turns out that Tim Donahue reffed that game. Remember him? The ref that bet on games? Yeah… and you wonder why I hate refs.
Best: The Western Conference Finals game when Mike Bibby hit the game winning jumper with 8 seconds remaining. People on the East Coast may not know, but the Kings-Lakers rivalry was one of the best in the 21st century. Nothing was sweeter than beating the Lakers, too bad they could never pull it off completely. Even to this day I love seeing the Lakers lose.
The Kings had possibly my favorite 8 man line-up ever: Mike Bibby at point, defensive specialist Doug Christie, sharp-shooter (and my inspiration) Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber, and the ultimate flopper: Vlade Divac. That was just the starting line-up; how about Bobby Jackson? Hedo Turkoglu? Scot Pollard? How about some love for my man Lawrence Funderburke?!
I will never forget the 2001-2002 Kings roster. They almost made it that year, coming up short by losing 4-3 in the Western Conference Finals to Mr. Horry.
Sacramento fans are some of the best in the NBA. The team sucks now, but there was a time where seasons would go by without a sold-out crowd. Now it looks like Seattle is going to have a team again, and I think they more than deserve to have another SuperSonics. However, I think this could crush Sac Town. Seattle already has MLB, NFL, and MLS. What does Sac have? The government? Arnold Schwarzenegger’s baby mama? Nothing. It is unfair what is happening to the capital of California.
Like I said before, it is not confirmed that the Kings are officially moving. I really hope they do not, but if they do, Sac fans will never forget the good old days. It was real Sac… real great. Just try not to finish last this year.