NBA Fan Voice: The Unique Situation of Being a SACRAMENTO Kings Fan

I am a troll.  I read nearly every article and comment on without contributing much in terms of readable content.  But today is a special day, I have a slightly different opinion of the lockout than most of you, and I am desperately searching for anything to distract myself from the boatload of studying I have in preparation for my midterms.  It is because of these aforementioned reasons that I have decided to come out of hermitude and share my reflections.


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I have mixed feelings about the lockout.  As a fan, of course I hate it.  More specifically, as a fan of a small-market team, I understand it.  Even more specifically, as a fan of the Kings I just want the whole damn thing to end.


I, like most fans, want the owners and players to stop bickering and salvage the season.  Nobody wants more games to be cancelled.  Don’t believe me? Click on ANY other NBA Fan Voice piece about the lockout. Moving on. . .


This is where my opinion differs from most fans.  I am in full support of an extended lockout IF it helps my team compete.  There is a misconception among fans that the business end of the lockout does not affect us.  It does.  If the owners get their way, and a hard cap is in place, this will enable small market teams like my Kings to compete on a more level playing field.  My team is not even close to winning a championship this year, and perhaps a small part of this is due to the current CBA.  Why not throw away a season destined for failure in favor of a new deal that allows my team a better opportunity to compete well into the future?  The danger of this train of thought, of course, is the reality that the owners may cave in before the players, and the season may be lost without the hard cap that I wish for.  Either way, with a season for the Kings that may not lead anywhere special, perhaps this is a risk a fan in my situation would be willing to take.


But alas, I am not a fan of just another struggling small-market franchise.  I am a proud fan of the Sacramento Kings.  When the season ended last year, I thought that the Kings had played their last game in my hometown of Sacramento.  What followed was an intense and very public fight between the fans, the city, and the Maloofs.  Against all odds, we managed to keep the Kings in town for another season.  Unless, of course, there isn’t another season. The odds of the team staying are at about 50/50, which, while not an encouraging number, is part of a general upward trend.  I have mentioned before that I am okay with sacrificing this season for a fair shot at a title in future seasons, but without the promise of another season to look forward to, the 2011-2012 season takes on extra significance. 


Each Kings fan must look inward and ask: Am I willing to sacrifice my desire for instant gratification in on-the-court action in order for the league to take its time in getting a CBA that may or may not help level the playing field for the team in the future? Maybe.  We must also ask: Am I willing to give up what may potentially be the final season in Sacramento to give the league the opportunity to give my team the opportunity to compete in the future? Fuck no.  Lets get this deal done.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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