In 1985 the Kansas City Kings moved to Sacramento. I have to say I was no huge fan of the Kings. Until I spent a few nights listening to the games as I was driving down the highway. To be honest I became a fan of Gary Gerald, the Kings play by play guy, before I started rooting for the team. This is also where I first met (via the radio) KNCO news guy Geoff Flynn, he was Gary’s stats guy for many years.
I got a Kings t-shirt for Christmas in 1986 and decided to wear it only after a Kings victory. That shirt lasted for a very long time. I had the oppurtunity to tell that story to former Kings players Harold Pressley and Frankin Edwards. These two played for those woeful Kings teams. They both thought it was the funniest thing they had every heard.
I rooted for the Kings through the Dick Motta era, the Jerry Reynolds era, the Bill Russell
debacle era, it was painfully funny just how bad these teams were. There was a game against the Lakers where they scored all of 4 points in a quarter! Then the Kings hired Jeff Petri as GM and hired Rick Adleman as coach. They also brought in a group of players that could really play together. For a few brief years they were a team to be reckoned with. They came within a rigged game of making the NBA finals, which they would have won. After that the Kings slumped back to their roots.
Now they are Seattle Bound. Good Luck and Good Bye.