When it comes to the Sacramento Kings, there are absolutely no bandwagoners. Those type of people become a Lakers fan. When someone walks around with Kings gear on, you instantly know they have a great amount of NBA knowledge.
Going to my first Sacramento Kings game as a little 8 year-old kid with my older brother, I entered ‘Arco Arena’, filled with 17,317 fans (a packed house), where they were playing Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves. I saw myself witnessing more than just a basketball team and an organization. I perceived Arco thunder, the passion of Kings fans, immense team work (the way basketball should be played), and respect. I instantly fell in love and from that day, I have been bleeding purple ever since.
From going to every single autograph session to meet my favorite Kings players, to buying every Kings bobblehead sold at Carls Junior, to even cutting out pictures of the previous game from the Sacramento Bee, I have stayed by the side of this team through it all for the last 10 years and on. Watching nearly every game, taking out my anger towards Grant and Jerry, and stressing during the final seconds of close games, us Kings fans have had exceptional highs and disappointing lows.
The Sacramento Kings are even part of my personality and character. If they lose the previous day, my mood for the next will be slightly less than joyful. From deciding what to wear from my Kings apparel the next day after a Kings win to even rescheduling important events around Kings games, they are a huge part of me on a day to day basis.
Loyalty is a huge factor in being a Sacramento Kings fan. You must be by their side, supporting through the thick and thin. There are no fans more loyal than the fans of our very own Kings. There have been tough times with this team, but it just makes the wins that much sweeter when they do occur. Sure, other teams’ fans talk trash whenever the Kings lose, but boy does it feel great when they win, and sometimes it almost feels like Sacramento as a community, comes together and becomes a family.