SACRAMENTO KINGS FRANCHISE FACTS:
Location: Sacramento, California
Stadium: Sleep Train Arena
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Pacific Division
Rivals: Los Angeles Lakers
Notable Players: Nate Archibold, Oscar Robertson, Maurice Stokes
Sacramento Kings Championship Titles: 1
Sacramento Kings Conference Titles: 0
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SACRAMENTO KINGS EXPERIENCE:
The Sacramento Kings can trace its roots all the way back to the Rochester Royals, which was a member of the National Basketball League from 1945 through 1949 until it joined the newly formed National Basketball Association. Although California already has four professional basketball teams, the Kings have proven to be one of the most successful franchises, making multiple postseason appearances throughout their history.
The first incarnation of the franchise only existed in Rochester until 1957 when it moved to Cincinnati where the league thought the club had a better chance of seeing consistent success. Despite the NBA's hunch, Cincinnati did not turn out to be a profitable market. The Cincinnati Royals held out until 1972 when the team headed to Kansas City. It was here that the NBA thought that the franchise would have a permanent home, but a new fan base seemed to be growing for the game in Sacramento. Due to a failing market in Kansas City, the NBA made a decision to try to give the franchise another winning chance in Sacramento, where it has remained since 1985.
Despite all of the moving, the Sacramento Kings have made great strides in developing as a franchise. In the ‘90s, the Kings were a dominant force in the Western Conference, and much of it was due to star players like Chris Webber. Between 1998 and 2005, Webber helped the team make several appearances in the postseason. He was a five-time NBA All-Star and was named Rookie of the Year upon entering the league. As a further tribute to his contributions, the team retired his number 4 jersey.
The Kings' best season came in 2001-02 when they finished 61-21. The team continued its winning ways by seizing the Division Championship in 2002, but failed to win the Conference Final, despite showing great promise and bringing aggressive play to the court. They fought a long battle against the Lakers, taking the series to seven games.
The Sacramento Kings have an esteemed history as one of the most dominant franchises in the Western Conference. Although this has been an uphill battle, the squad has shown progress over the years by bringing in talented players, including Marcus Thornton and J.J. Hickson. Paul Westphal also joined the Kings as their new head coach in the 2009-10 season, bringing with him decades of expertise on and off the court.
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A night to remember! My first time at the Arena - and my first time at a King's game - it was spectacular - AND WHAT AN ENDING TO THE GAME! Won in final moment over the NY Knicks on 12/28. Attended the game with my grandson who is an avid Kings fan and visiting from Corpus Christi, TX. Arena was very impressive - Kings were very impressive - and I can't wait to come back again. Thanks for the Memories - it was the best experience! December 30, 2012
Kings defeat Griz This was a good game. The Kings are playing much better as a team, primarily because Isaiah Thomas, who is a true point guard, is now in the starting lineup. Thornton played great, Jason Thompson continued to be outstanding, Tyreke good coming off the bench in his 1st game back from injury. As always, Cousins contributed outstanding play but was dubious in his decision-making at times (dumb fouls). March 22, 2012
Anticipation The Kings r BAK! Looking forward to our first game in Sacramento Ca. The spirit of the KINGS is unrivaled by all others. December 24, 2011