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    I feel bad for the fans. You have to see the pictures

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    Scenes from what might be the final Sacramento Kings game ever



    By Dan Devine
    "A lot of emotions flying around out there, and I'm not poetic enough to come near capturing them. I'll just say that we felt the love of Sacramento. I was very proud of our team ... very proud of the progress we've made this year. I'm really sorry the season is over."

    That's how Sacramento Kings head coach Paul Westphal opened his postgame press conference following the Kings' season-ending 116-108 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. I hope you'll forgive me for sharing the sentiment, especially after watching the emotional finale to Wednesday night's telecast from Kings TV announcers Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds:
    I don't have the words to express what Wednesday night, and what this whole Anaheim relocation saga, has been like for Kings fans in Sacramento. I'm a native New Yorker and I've never watched one of my favorite teams play a game with the knowledge that it could be the last time I ever get to see them as mine. I don't know what that feels like; it would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise.

    My father was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan who grew up taking the trolley to Ebbets Field and never stopped beaming whenever he got to bring up the time he shook Gil Hodges' hand. When the Dodgers went west, as he'd tell it, a piece of him shut down. He'd grown up a baseball-mad kid in the 1930s; what the hell was he supposed to do as a 20-something after Dem Bums pulled up stakes? Keep rooting for the guys who just ditched him to head for warmer climes? That seemed just as unthinkable as cheering for the crosstown Giants or, even worse, the Yankees.

    No, he just basically resigned himself to not liking baseball — one of, like, six things that almost uniformly electrified young American men in the 1950s — and sat in wait. After five years, the baseball gods dropped the Mets in his lap. (These, apparently, were cruel trickster gods, like Loki.) Their caps were blue and they played in the National League, so he decided to try to warm to them; eventually, they joined the Knicks, Giants and Rangers as the sports teams on the family crest.

    But it was never the same, and he never pretended it was. He wore a Dodger cap with a white B on the front of it, he hung pictures of Gil and Pee-Wee and the boys on the basement walls, and he never really got over it. Not that I can remember, at least.

    I don't have words for what Kings fans went through Wednesday night, but SB Nation's Tom Ziller does. (When it comes to the Kings, and most everything else about the NBA, Ziller always does.) On our side of the fence, Marc J. Spears has a few damned good ones of his own. Read them and get a sense of what Wednesday night felt like. After the jump, you can get a sense of what it looked like.

    But before we get there: If Wednesday night was the last time, I'm sorry for your loss, Sacramento, and I think there are a lot of fans in a lot of other places who share the sentiment.

    International readers ("Int'l read'rs"): If the clip above isn't rocking for you, please feel free to watch the Sacramento announcers' must-see sign-off elsewhere, courtesy of the Sacramento Kings' YouTube channel.



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    That game was a heartbreaker too. First time I can remember yelling at an NBA game not having anything to do with the Pacers.

    "**** you Kobe, **** you, you couldn't just let them have one last memory?!"

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    I feel for them. They are great fans...as were the Sonic fans.

    Is So Ca's market big enough for 3 teams?

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    it's just sad. they don't deserve this.

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    "**** you Kobe, **** you, you couldn't just let them have one last memory?!"
    I guess it's only fitting, since the Lakers were their primary rivals.

    Really sucks for Sactown fans. LA doesn't need three teams. Hell, they don't even need two.

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    This is why I really don't give a **** that we made the playoffs with a losing record, at least we're there. Talk about having your sports soul ripped out and tap danced on.

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    Is So Ca's market big enough for 3 teams?
    Yes.

    It's too bad for the local fans but I'm not sure Sacramento is that strong an NBA city to begin with so it was just a matter of time before the team left.

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    The sight of those fans in the stands rips my heart out.

    Watch and learn, Pacer fans, it could happen here. Maybe not right away, but the Simon era is passing and the unknown lurks in the future.
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    Yes.

    It's too bad for the local fans but I'm not sure Sacramento is that strong an NBA city to begin with so it was just a matter of time before the team left.
    Just a few short years ago people were saying Sacramento had the best fans in the NBA.

    It's rare indeed that a city can sustain large fan interest thru down years (might replace 'interest' with 'ticket sales'... fans might stay interested but not to the point of shelling out money for tix). IMHO It's one of the reasons the NBA business model is flawed because it seems to be based on packed arenas, playoff runs, a booming economy, and taxpayer support.... for each individual team.

    My gut tells me SoCal can't/won't support 3 teams.. although I'm sure there'd be an initial 'new' factor at play for a couple of years. It's probably more a stepping stone to Vegas.... IMHO...
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    I listen to Grant Napier on the local Kings Radio Station here in the SF Bay Area and he was a very strong advocate of keeping the Kings in SacTown. It isn't as much as SoCal needing 3 Basketball Teams as it was the reluctance of Sacramento itself for building and funding a new Arena that led to this. The Kings have been trying to get a new arena built for the last 10+ years and the City simply has dragged their feet in the matter. I've been to Arco Arena...it's a nice "throwback" arena that is super loud and all...but it's really outdated and small.

    I don't like that the Kings are likely headed elsewhere...much less to a saturated SoCal market that doesn't want or need another Team....but I don't blame the Maloofs for looking elsewhere....the fans and the heart of the Kings fans was there....but both sides of the issue ( the Maloofs and the city ) just couldn't come to an agreement. Anaheim simply was the city that stepped up and offered the Maloofs what they were looking for.

    It's really unfortunate...because outside of losing a very devout fanbase....the city itself is going to lose a major source of revenue.
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    God. Not only did Kobe hit that shot, but watching the clip right now, I hear the tons of Lakers fans in attendance cheering for the shot, too. What a sickening way to go out.

    It'd be like having Conseco packed with Bulls fans during the last game ever, with Rose or whomever finishing us off late.

    I'm going to have to go drop in over at KingsFans.com and offer my well wishes. This sucks.

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    That game was a heartbreaker too. First time I can remember yelling at an NBA game not having anything to do with the Pacers.

    "**** you Kobe, **** you, you couldn't just let them have one last memory?!"
    Let's be fair here....I know that it sucks for the Kings that the Lakers won....but wasn't this game for the Lakers a game that ultimately decided their Playoff seeding?

    This wasn't a meaningless game for the Lakers that they could have simply thrown away like the Pacers/Magic game. Were the Playoff seedings already set by that time? I don't know if the Mavs won or lost by that point.
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    Let's be fair here....I know that it sucks for the Kings that the Lakers won....but wasn't this game for the Lakers a game that ultimately decided their Playoff seeding?

    This wasn't a meaningless game for the Lakers that they could have simply thrown away like the Pacers/Magic game. Were the Playoff seedings already set by that time? I don't know if the Mavs won or lost by that point.


    The Lakers/Mavs were tied for the 2nd seed however at the time Dallas had the #2 seed because they slaughtered the Hornets and the Lakers were about to go to Portland.

    Then Kobe lead the Lakers back to a victory and now the Mavs play Portland and the Lakers play the Hornets.


    FWIW the Lakers/Clippers don't want the Kings there in SoCal its the Maloofs and their inability to handle finances by blowing through all that $$$ to begin with.

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    The sight of those fans in the stands rips my heart out.

    Watch and learn, Pacer fans, it could happen here. Maybe not right away, but the Simon era is passing and the unknown lurks in the future.
    Very true considering that Indiana bureaucrats passed a similar law on publicly funded buildings like the California referendum law. I guess we are very lucky to have 2 top notch professional sports venues built before such a law was passed because I don't see either building passing on a referendum.

    What am I getting at....

    Conseco Fieldhouse is getting close to half way through a typical arenas lifespan (25-30 years). I just don't see Indy residents wanting to pony more money for a new arena downtown if Conseco is considered long in the tooth in 10 to 15 years. Couple that with ownership that will have only owned the team less than 10 seasons... Could be a recipe for heartbreak.

    I just hope that there isn't new technology/design that deems the Fieldhouse obsolete. Look at Arco Arena... It's hard to imagine that a building built in the mid 80's is considered totally obsolete for the NBA. I guess the design of the Palace of Auburn Hills with it's number of luxury boxes changed everything. I'm sure folks in Miami (Miami Arena) and Charlotte (Coliseum) would have never dreamed that a building going up in Detroit at the same time would make their arenas obsolete in a period of 10 years.
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    Yes.

    It's too bad for the local fans but I'm not sure Sacramento is that strong an NBA city to begin with so it was just a matter of time before the team left.
    I will most vehemently and passionately disagree.

    Just as some background? Here's something I wrote for my "home board" - Kingsfans.com

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    My father was over 6'3" tall and loved sports. Add the fact he was born and raised in Indiana, and it's easy to figure out the sport he loved the most was basketball.

    Since we lived outside of Sacramento in the early 60s, with only three local TV stations, there weren't many occasions to actually see a game. It didn't matter. From as far back as I can remember, we were Boston Celtics fans. It wasn't until junior high school that I finally got a chance to see basketball up close. It helped me to forge a love for the game that continues to this day. When my "little" brother grew to be almost 6'8", he played high school and college ball and there were more opportunities to see live games.

    In 1985, when word got out that the Kings were coming to Sacramento, it was more than a dream come true. It was almost beyond description. My dad passed away in October of 1984, so he never had the chance to walk into Arco Arena and be part of the excitement and energy. My dad may not have been able to be there, but my brother became a frequent attendee to those first games, often taking my 10-year old daughter with him.

    Rooting for the Kings became a family tradition and a way of life. It wasn't a matter of cheering for them because they were so good, because ... well ... they weren't. They made it to the playoffs in 1986 but were summarily dismissed in three games by the Houston Rockets. After that, the team struggled for years but during those struggles, the loyal fans of Sacramento showed their solid support, maintaining a streak of sellout games that would last the better part of two decades.

    When I moved from Sacramento in the mid-90s, following the team was more difficult but I made sure I watched all the games on TV. I made yearly treks to Arco to make sure I could see them play at least once or twice, even if I had to sit so far up in the rafters I couldn't tell the players without binoculars.

    When my daughter and son-in-law got married in Reno, they wore Webber jerseys and arranged the date around the King schedule. In fact, a lot of family activities were scheduled based on whether or not the Kings would be playing that day.

    When my first grandchild was born, it was - luckily - not on a game night. Had the Kings been playing, my granddaughter might have been born at home since her mother wouldn't miss a Kings game.

    After the Kings got Vlade Divac, even my mother - who had never really understood the family fascination for the game - started to be drawn in. After all, what wasn't to like about the very tall young man with the interesting accent and incredible smile? Once Mom started to watch the games, she started to know the names of the players. And then came the phone calls. "What was that stupid call?" She would ask. "What's flopping?" I had loved the game for over 40 years by then, and it was a unique experience to watch my mother develop the love for the game the rest of the family had.

    The glory years were just that - years of incredible excitement and hope and passion. Starting in 1998-99, it was clear that something special was happening. When the Kings met the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, a group of Kings fans caravaned to Salt Lake City to root on the team. The fans who couldn't make the journey made sure to welcome the team home, turning up very late at night at Sacramento Metropolitan Airport to greet the plane and cheer the team for the effort they had shown. They might not have won, but they won our hearts and souls with their spirit, fight and determination. We all prayed for the magic to continue.

    Continue it did, an E Ticket ride all the way. If you were a Kings fan back then, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you weren't, nothing I can say will fully describe the feeling. The Sacramento Kings and their fans had a symbiotic relationship that led to the years of ARCO THUNDER, when visiting teams knew they'd be facing more than just 5 players on the court. (Hence the sixthman jersey in the rafters.)

    Living almost two hours away from Arco, I still found ways to get to games. As exciting as Arco was during the season, the atmosphere during the playoffs was beyond description. You could almost see the electricity in the air. If you had any voice left after the game, you were almost embarrassed. The fans and the team had formed a bond...the Kings were Sacramento and Sacramento was the Kings.

    The Western Conference finals of 2002 went to overtime in game 7. You cannot get much more drama out of a sport than that. Although the final outcome didn't go our way, we finally knew for sure that our team was able to compete at the top level. We looked forward to the next year with hope and confidence. We were headed in the right direction, right up until that night in Dallas when Chris Webber crumbled to the floor and didn't get up. Although the team took the series to 7 games, the Mavericks won and continued on to face the Spurs in the Western Conference finals. Kings fans were faced with the second trauma to befall them in a post-season as the true extent of Webber's injury became known.

    In 2004 the Kings still found a way into the playoffs, as they did in 2005 and 2006. But by then, it wasn't the same. There were controversies, poor personnel decisions and high ticket prices for a product that was far below what it had been just a couple of years before. I continued to love this team and had faith that they would get back on the right track.

    A couple of bad coaches added into the mix didn't help sell tickets. In addition, the relationship between the team and the fans just wasn't the same. Part of this, I believed, was because the moral compass of the team had gone askew. But, through it all, I was still a fan.

    For years the Maloofs had tried to get a new arena built, both for the Kings and Monarchs, and for the city of Sacramento. Unfortunately, what could have been a decent deal for everyone concerned was shot down by slanted press, politicians and a total lack of real community support.

    Last year, things for the team started to turn around. Tyreke Evans earned rookie of the year honors. He and Omri Casspi both ended up playing in the rookie-sophomore contest at the All-Star Game, with Evans garnering MVP. This year, Demarcus Cousins also performed quite admirably at the rookie game, coming in second in MVP voting to John Wall. Fans were starting to return to the fold. The future of the team was looking good.

    When Maloof Sports lowered ticket prices and made a more concerted effort to interact with the fans, you could sense the reconnection between the community and the Kings. Games weren't sellouts but there were more times when the electricity was back.

    Through all of this, the arena issue was hanging over our heads like the sword of Damacles. And with the economy in dire straits, a new arena seemed less likely. The election of Kevin Johnson as Mayor of Sacramento helped, as he was very pro-active in trying to help get a deal to benefit the city of Sacramento and its citizens, while still providing a new venue for the Kings.

    Now, it may all be for naught. The Kings may play their final game in Sacramento in a little over a month and move to Anaheim. It's all horribly unfair and it hurts like hell to even think about.

    I stood in line for hours once upon a time to get player bobbleheads from Carl's Jr. My most cherished one, though, came as a gift from a member of Kingsfans.com - it's Vlade Divac, complete with autograph. It stands on a shelf next to my Evans Rookie of the Year bobblehead. I look at the jerseys of Kevin Martin, Doug Christie, Mike Bibby and Omri Casspi, and don't even want to think of packing them away. Framed photos of Vlade and Webber adorn my wall, along with a picture of the Fast Break Kids (Vlade, Mike, Peja, Chris, Doug and
    Bobby) as little kids in Kings uniforms with images of their adult counterparts in front of them. A gift from a dear friend, it is so much more than just a picture. Just looking at it reminds me of the promise of that team, of those players, and it's tough to hold back a tear or two.

    There are Kings banners, Kings beads, a Kings yield sign, a couple of signed pennants (with names like Wayman Tisdale, Lionel Simmons, Bobby Hurley, Corliss Williamson and Mitch Richmond) that share another wall with a new pennant of Omri Casspi. There are Kings gloves, a Kings watchcap, Kings scarf, and Kings baseball cap. There's a Bobby Jackson stuffed toy, next to a furry Slamson with a purple jersey, a Vlade Divac beanie baby bear, miscellaneous purple animals with various opening night pins adorning them, and a Peja nesting doll.

    There's a plastic Kings clapper/megaphone, sitting right next to my purple cowbell. There are Kings glasses in the kitchen, along with miniature Kings jerseys that serve as bottle coolers for tall beer bottles. There's the Sports Illustrated cover, and there are autographed programs celebrating Kevin Martin's first game at Arco and his first playoff game. There are programs and ticket stubs from every game I attended in the past 10 years. There are, somewhere, the bobbleheads of players past, except for the Hedo one I sent to a Turkish fan going to college in New York (I wonder if he still has it) and the Bibby bobblehead who found its way to a young Kings fan living in Southern California. There's even a voodoo doll made from a empty toilet paper roll. This one has a Laker jersey on, but I also had them for the Mavericks, the Spurs, the Jazz and virtually any other team the Kings faced in the playoffs over the years. I got pretty good at making them, if I do say so myself.

    I have a Kings throw blanket on my bed, along with a Kings pillow. I have Kings sweatshirts, Kings t-shirts and Kings socks. My return address labels feature the Kings primary logo on them. I drink my coffee from a beautiful Kings ceramic mug I received as a gift and I have a wonderful glass mug with Kingsfans.com and Vladefan21 on the side, a prize I won in the annual KF prediction game a few years back.

    My two granddaughters attended their first Kings game last season, after watching on TV their whole lives. They too sport Kings merchandise, starting with Kings onesies and bibs and continuing up to the present with Kings cheerleading outfits. They attended opening night this season and it was clear they have purple in their blood.

    It had already been decided that the family would attend opening night next year and games during the season whenever the weather, scheduling and finances permit. Now, all of this is coming to an end? It just doesn't seem fair.

    I am Vladefan21; I am a Kings fan. The Sacramento Kings are truly a family tradition. Being a Kings fan has afforded me the opportunity to forge lasting friendships that would never have come to be without the presence of the Sacramento Kings.

    You shouldn't have to say goodbye to something that's been so important in your life. Losing someone to death is different. As much as it may hurt, you know it's inevitable. Losing such an integral part of life shouldn't be reduced to dollars and cents. The Kings aren't just an NBA team. They are the SACRAMENTO KINGS. We, the fans who have supported them for 26 years, are as much their owners as are the people who actually own the franchise. At least, that's how I see it.

    I do not want to lose my Kings. It will be like losing a part of myself in more ways than I can possibly express.

    If the dye is not cast, I hope and pray there is still a way to keep the Kings in Sacramento. I will be going to another Kings game and I will savor the moments as much as I have all those in the past. I will pray that this won't be one of the last times I have the opportunity to do so. I will cherish the memories of the past 26 years and keep the faith until the bitter end that those memories will be joined by more.

    Once, now and forever...GO KINGS! I love this team.
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    Very true considering that Indiana bureaucrats passed a similar law on publicly funded buildings like the California referendum law. I guess we are very lucky to have 2 top notch professional sports venues built before such a law was passed because I don't see either building passing on a referendum.

    What am I getting at....

    Conseco Fieldhouse is getting close to half way through a typical arenas lifespan (25-30 years). I just don't see Indy residents wanting to pony more money for a new arena downtown if Conseco is considered long in the tooth in 10 to 15 years. Couple that with ownership that will have only owned the team less than 10 seasons... Could be a recipe for heartbreak.

    I just hope that there isn't new technology/design that deems the Fieldhouse obsolete. Look at Arco Arena... It's hard to imagine that a building built in the mid 80's is considered totally obsolete for the NBA. I guess the design of the Palace of Auburn Hills with it's number of luxury boxes changed everything. I'm sure folks in Miami (Miami Arena) and Charlotte (Coliseum) would have never dreamed that a building going up in Detroit at the same time would make their arenas obsolete in a period of 10 years.
    I may not be remembering correctly, but didn't they squeak out a new center scoreboard and a networking upgrade from the CIB agreement? If so, those are the only things on the horizon right now - the HD camera placement is good, I'm not sure if 3D requires more or different circumstances.

    What would it take for a bunch of Pacer fans who are professionals in appropriate fields to get together and begin to make fan-oriented (and taxpayer-oriented) plans for that inevitable day? No one is as invested in the Pacers as the fans, and having some kind of counter-proposal to make if and when the battles start would mean we at least have some say in our own destiny.
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    VF21, I'm so sorry to hear what you and the rest of the Kings Fans are going through. I do remember how vehemently that team was supported with sell outs during the Reggie Theus years followed by the Mitch Richmond years. Years of consistent losing.

    Is there any hail Mary plays from Sacramento to keep the Kings in town?
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    VF21, I'm so sorry to hear what you and the rest of the Kings Fans are going through. I do remember how vehemently that team was supported with sell outs during the Reggie Theus years followed by the Mitch Richmond years. Years of consistent losing.

    Is there any hail Mary plays from Sacramento to keep the Kings in town?
    There just might be.

    The Board of Governors just granted an extension to the Maloofs until May2 to file their relocation request. Ron Burkle is now involved, along with Chris Webber and some others.

    For a complete rundown, you might want to check out Kingsfans.com - the New Arena/Relocation forum. There are two pretty in-depth threads about the BOG meeting - and what it could mean to Sacramento.

    Basically, the Maloofs are now in a position where they may have to defend their position that Anaheim is more viable than Sacramento much more than they had reckoned with. Word is they're very upset that Ron Burkle is involved, to the point where one of the brothers Maloof was quoted as saying, "He (meaning Burkle) needs to go back where he came from." Which is also ironic, since Burkle - who helped save the Pittsburgh Penguins AND get a new arena built - is from Southern California.

    This story has more plot twists than an Agatha Christie novel. And it ain't over yet.
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    The Kings fans are without question some of the best in the NBA. I have no idea about corporate support or fortune 500 companies, suite sales, nor do I know whether the Kings ticket prices are high or low.

    When the Kings moved to Sacramento from Kansis City they immediately became some of the best fans in the NBA and continued that way even though years and years when their team was average at best.

    Couple of things I always noticed as I watched a Kings game in Sacramento (up until the past couple of seasons) . Not only were the games sold out, but the fans were all in their seats when the games started and while play was going on. There were no emply seats to speak of. Meaning very few no shows and very, very few fans up walking around.

    Of course the other thing I always noticed was how loud the fans were. In general I always love watching a game when the home team was into the game, to me it makes it more fun to watch and I always loved watching games from Sacramento. (Never liked watching games from LA because the fans there are lazy and spoiled)

    The Kings fans were and are great. I don't know what is going on there but I hope they stay

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    I want to say something eloquent but I just don't know how here.

    That photo of the Father & Son & that phot of the man wearing the Kings jersey with tears in his eyes was about all I could take.

    People who don't understand always laugh and scoff at some of us who take things like his to heart and in some ways they are right. It's just a game at the end of the day.

    But to those of us who are fans, not bandwagon fans, but fans of a franchise the pain that something like this occuring is real and it is heartbreaking.

    Life goes on but there is a hole there.

    People, embrace your Pacers because but for the Grace of Herb Simon that could be us.

    Trader Joe is spot on. Even if we get swept, even if we are beaten through the floor we still have a team to cling to, to hope for, to build with.

    I honestly hope that the Kings stay in Sacramento. There are no better fans in the NBA.


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    The father and the son got to me. That is how I was exposed to basketball, to the Pacers, to a large portion of what makes me, me, was through my Dad and this sport.

    It would be crushing to lose this franchise...crushing.

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    What a terrible situation for Kings fans.

    I remember growing up watching the Minnesota Stars hockey team (being from NW Wisconsin), and being pretty crushed when Mike Modano and crew packed up and left for Dallas of all places (Not many sports towns Wisconsinites hate more...)

    It really, really sucks. And that's all that can be said.

    You have my sympathies.
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    I actually just watched Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team this past week, so there have been a lot of thoughts regarding this issue in my head lately. One of the fans interviewed talked about how watching and talking about basketball was in essence how him and his father expressed their love. Reminds me a lot of my dad and I as well, so I can't imagine losing the Pacers, even though Dad is in Florida and I am in Charlotte now (we both still watch the team on League Pass). If the team isn't in Indiana its just not the same team.

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    Watching the game the other night and seeing those pics of the fans, my heart breaks for Sacramento.

    I also couldn't help but notice the growing pain in my stomach thinking about what it would be like if it happened here. I just really hope people start showing up and we don't have to worry about it (I know that's an oversimplification).

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    Makes you contemplate your own fandom. You realize these teams are owned by corporate giants and they are looking for the best interests of themselves, even though they preach pride and tradition to the fans. There are reasons why people don't get invested in professional basketball franchises (especially in small markets) and this is one of them.

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