Kings game surprises fan with standing room only crowd
By Kelly Davis Rackham
Sports Informant Contributor
I have to confess that I haven’t been very excited about the Kings lately. Between their lousy record and the Maloof’s negotiations with Anaheim, I’ve felt very disconnected. Add a few new names to the roster, and I don’t even recognize the team.
I imagined that the rest of Sacramento felt the same way. So imagine my surprise on Monday night’s game against the Clippers when I couldn’t find a seat. Seriously! The arena formerly known as “Arco” was sold out — standing room only — and full of Kings fans. Die hard Kings fans. Fans in purple, waving banners and signs, and ringing cowbells! I haven’t seen this much energy since 2004.
On top of that, the Kings were looking good. They hustled, blocked, shot and assisted their way to a big fat “W,” one of only 15 this year.
This game had the intensity of the playoffs, with fans dancing and screaming and chanting such things as “This is Our Team,” “Stay in Sac,” “Beat LA,” and my personal favorite, “LA Sucks.” And did I mention the cowbells? The arena was actually vibrating with enthusiasm. And I didn’t see a single fan leave before the final buzzer. Sacramento was in the house with a vengeance, making sure the Maloof’s knew that the Kings belong right here.
Did it work? We were once again the loudest fans in the NBA and the team responded, but only time will tell if it convinced the Maloof’s to stay.
Coach Westphal believes it helped the game, “I think it made a difference… it was a memorable night.”
So will they stay, or will they go? That is the million dollar question. But it’s clear that if they DO go, they will leave their heart(s) in Sacramento.
Kings vs. Clippers
(Photos courtesy of Dave Heylen)