This is a very bittersweet time for the NBA. The Seattle fan base will finally get a team back, as they should since they were one of the best crowds in the league no matter if it was a good season or bad. The Sacramento fan base will lose out on a team they have had since 1985. And that’s just downright sad.
Although it’s sad Sacramento is losing a team, as a whole they have not exactly been the most dedicated fan base. Since 2001 the best they have ranked in attendance is 12th out of 30 teams. Since 2008 they have been at least 25th or worse. In 2009 they were ranked dead last and so far this season they are going down the same path.
Since the news broke yesterday I would assume the Sacramento Kings attendance averages will at least go up some since this is the last year for them to have a franchise. Fans will want to get one last taste of the team they let slip away.
The people I feel the saddest for are the die-hard Kings fans. I don’t care what pro sport it is or how bad you are, every pro team has die-hard fans. These fans will be the ones who will lose out the most. What will they do now? Will they continue rooting for the same team after they move? Will they pick a different team in California or another team in the NBA? Or will they do what the Seattle fans did, fight to get another team in Sacramento.
I think the fans should continue watching the NBA. Maybe even cheer for another team or continue following the team as they move to Seattle. But at the same time they should fight to bring back the only professional sports franchise they had. It might be a long shot, but Seattle did it. Why can’t Sacramento?
When they close those doors to Sleep Train Arena for the final time in a few months the memories of the late 90’s, early 2000’s team will strike most minds. Although they didn’t accomplish much they were one of the most exciting teams to watch. Chris Webber and Vlade Divac are loved in that city and I hope they will be there to shut it down.