Sacramento Kings Fans Rally at Season Finale to Keep Team From Moving to Seattle
Wednesday might have marked the end of an era as the Sacramento Kings played what may have been their last game at Sleep Train Pavilion, a 112-108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Fans of the Kings made their displeasure known, protesting the team’s seemingly inevitable sale and move to Seattle. That depends on the NBA owners and whether or not they decide to approve the relocation, Sacramento fans are doing everything they can to persuade the Kings to stay put.
A year ago, everyone at the Kings’ season finale cried their eyes out after a 116-108 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers when the Maloof family was expected to move the team to Anaheim. Wednesday night was very different as fans seemed to have hope they could persuade the Kings to stay in Sacramento, although it’s already out of their hands, and really, never was in their hands to begin with.
The fans stayed long after the game was over Wednesday night, chanting various things like “we’re not leaving” and “here we stay.” After they finally went home, the Sacramento faithful took to social media to express their desire for the team to stay.
kings game was dope! hope they stay! here we stay!!!!
— Darren Goodpasture (@DarrenGoody) April 18, 2013
Kings fans actually do have hope as Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson said in March that the team is likely to stay put, at least for one more season.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on the chance that the Kings stay…”90 percent.”
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) March 28, 2013