This has been a difficult season in Sacramento to say the least. On the court, the team struggled to a 28-45 record, 17 games out of the playoffs. The Kings, who haven’t made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season, will make yet another appearance in the lottery this summer.
Off the court, there were a whole other set of issues. With the Maloof brothers planning to sell the team and potentially move to Seattle, the fans and city have been locked in a long battle to keep the Kings in Sacramento. It has been a trying time, with the city going to every end to keep the team in town. (Check out SacTownRoyalty.com who has been providing great coverage of the situation.)
Last night, the Kings took on the Clippers in the last game of the season, and unfortunately, possibly the last game in Sacramento. The Kings fought hard, behind a remarkable game from DeMarcus Cousins (36 points, 22 rebounds), but ultimately fell to the Clippers 112-108.
After the game however, the fans showed just how loyal they are, staying in the arena long after the final buzzer had sounded. They chanted and cheered for their team, and once they finally had to leave, the support continued out in the parking lot.
A final decision on the situation should be coming soon. And while Seattle didn’t deserve to lose their team, two wrongs don’t make a right. It would be a shame if last night was the final time the people of Sacramento get to see DeMarcus Cousins dominate down low (while picking up a few technicals in the process) or Jimmer hit a deep three.
As the fans made it clear throughout the season, and last night after the game, Sacramento is where the Kings should stay.
(Thank you to @StevieBreech for the video)