31 Facts About Sacramento Kings


Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California.

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The Sacramento Kings compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Western Conference Pacific Division.

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The Kings are oldest team in the NBA, and the first and only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento.

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Since 2006, the Sacramento Kings have had sixteen consecutive losing seasons, the most in NBA history.

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Sacramento Kings shook off the effects of the fall, even as he had briefly been unconscious.

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Sacramento Kings suffered a seizure and was permanently hospitalized, a tragedy that greatly shook the team.

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From 1972 to 1975, the KC–Omaha Sacramento Kings played a total of 42 regular season contests in Omaha.

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Sacramento Kings finally achieved some success in their new home when they hired Cotton Fitzsimmons as coach.

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The Sacramento Kings later played several home games in St Louis during the early 1980s to large crowds.

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The Sacramento Kings made a run in the 1981 NBA playoffs, reaching the Western Conference finals; these were the franchise's first playoff victories since 1964, and their only ones ever in Kansas City.

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Axelson stayed on after the Sacramento Kings left Kansas City where, in their last game ever, fans wore Joe Axelson masks.

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Sacramento Kings was not fired for good until he rehired coach Phil Johnson, whom he had fired in mid-season in Kansas City ten years before.

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The Sacramento Kings had the misfortune of entering this period competing with the Kansas City Comets for the winter sports dollar, when the Comets were led by marketers—the Leiweke brothers.

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The Sacramento Kings drafted Vinny Del Negro and acquired Rodney McCray from the Houston Rockets.

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Sacramento Kings was traded along with Otis Thorpe to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber in May 1998.

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Stojakovic moved into the starting small forward role, where he and Webber proved to complement each other extremely well, and as the Sacramento Kings continued to improve, their popularity steadily rose, culminating in a February 2001 Sports Illustrated cover story entitled "The Greatest Show on Court" with Williams, Christie, Stojakovic, Webber, and Divac gracing the cover.

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The Sacramento Kings lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Seattle SuperSonics.

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The Sacramento Kings were seeded 8th in the Western Conference playoffs and were matched up in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs.

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The Sacramento Kings relieved Artest of basketball duties, pending investigation, then later reinstated him.

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The Sacramento Kings missed the 2007 NBA playoffs, the first time in eight seasons.

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The Sacramento Kings' future appeared to rest on the shoulders of Kevin Martin, who was a lead candidate for 2007 NBA Most-Improved Player of the Year.

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The Sacramento Kings selected Spencer Hawes with the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.

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The Sacramento Kings lost key players over the off-season, with backup Ronnie Price leaving for the Utah Jazz, and Corliss Williamson retiring.

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Later in the evening, the Sacramento Kings traded Marco Belinelli to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the 22nd pick in the draft.

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The Sacramento Kings selected four players in the 2016 NBA draft – Greek center Georgios Papagiannis with the 13th pick, Syracuse shooting guard Malachi Richardson with the 22nd pick, Kentucky forward Skal Labissiere with the 28th pick, and Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins with the 59th pick.

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In free agency, the Sacramento Kings signed Anthony Tolliver, Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes, and Ty Lawson.

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In 1994, the Sacramento Kings radically changed their look, adopting a new color scheme of purple, silver, black and white.

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In doing this, the Sacramento Kings became unique; most professional franchises place the team nickname on the home jerseys and the city name on the road jerseys.

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The Sacramento Kings kept their uniforms mostly intact, but the erstwhile primary purple uniforms were retired in favor of the 'City' alternate purple uniforms.

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Sacramento Kings hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA.

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All of the Sacramento Kings retired numbers are hanging in the rafters of the Golden 1 Center.

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