One of the features of American sport which rings very strange to Europeans is the way that a team franchise can up sticks and move to a different part of the country when things start to go wrong. Thus the Sacramento Kings an NBA team playing in the Western Conference Pacific Division – who have been in the city ever since 1985 – can trace their “ noble ancestry” back through the Kansas City Kings 1975–1985, the Kansas City-Omaha Kings a brief three year period between 1972 and 1975 when home games were played in alternating cities, the Cincinnati Royals 1957–1972 and originally the Rochester Royals from 1948–1957. There was in fact a previous semi-professional team in Rochester known as the Seagrams but they started fully professional life in 1948 as the Royals. The change from Royals to Kings on the move to Kansas in 1975 was to avoid confusion with the Royals baseball team.
Looking at all the major professional North American sports leagues only the Kings are located in Sacramento. Their home for 28 years has been the Sleep Train but from 2016–17 season, the Kings will play home games at the Golden 1 Center. They possess the oldest franchise in the NBA, and very few of their competing basketball franchises can match their long tem operating history.
So we can say with confidence that the Sacramento Kings team has quite a history. It's been in existence for 65 years, made the playoffs on 29 different occasions and won five division championships and one NBA title. Through the years, it's also built a legacy of some excellent players. Of them let’s start with Chris Webber who from 1999 to 2005 was the face of the franchise. Chris was the biggest star of the modern Kings era. He was an artist with the assist, and a powerhouse player before injuries. He redefined his game post injury and became a shooting threat and smarter player.
Mitch Richmond (1991-1998) was also critical to the franchise and one of the all-time great guards. He held his own against Jordan in Chicago. He was a sole star on a team that struggled to make the eight seed in the west.
Spud Webb (1991-1995) had the best vertical jump in Kings’ history and was a marvel on the basketball court. He competed every night and was the shortest player of his era, regarded as a key figure in Kings history.
Vlade Divac (1998-2004) was a community man and a wily veteran. Vlade is one of the great centers in Kings history and the best passer out of that position.
Finally Mike Bibby – in many ways the modern Kings in microcosm. Clipping his nails constantly on the bench, Mike Bibby played in four of the most successful years in Kings history. He was a spot shooter and clutch master. Bibby is a Kings favorite forever because of his heart and the effort that he brought every night.
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