Being a Kings fan is probably the most difficult yet most nostalgic thing ever. As a Kings fan, many simple things can excite us and get our blood pumping, it may even be a simple gif of Doug Christie owning Rick Fox. Kings fans know to appreciate the little things. We have gone many years filled with disappointment, but we never gave up on our beloved Kings. To any "good" NBA team, a win is a win, but to us a win means so much more. When the Kings beat the hated Lakers it was as if we just won a championship!
As a younger Kings fan, I usually have nothing else to focus on except for this team. During the NBA lockout, it was the worst time ever. I would stay up every single night just reading old articles of our team and watching old YouTube highlights of the glory days. Anyone who sees highlights of the current Kings team could easily see all the potential there is for this team to be great. This is one of the reasons why it's tough to be a fan. We have so much talent, but we aren't receiving the wins to match it. I always fantasize a winning season and making the playoffs again to fully revive the "Arco Thunder". In both NBA games I own, NBA Live 03 and 2k12, I always play as the Kings just to lead the team to the longest winning streaks.
Character is definitely built while being a true Kings fan. We've all learned that nothing is ever handed to us, we need to go out there and show we deserve it. Kings losses and struggles have surely taught me how to deal with the hardships of life and to pick myself up, which has made me tougher and understand life differently. Receiving criticism from fans of other teams is something we are accustomed to since we love the Kings, but we learn to shrug them off since we understand what our team really is.
Every loyal Kings fan simply can't wait for the days that this team isn't viewed as a bunch of scrubs by some ignorant people. At the moment, we never know what to expect from our team's performance on a nightly basis, but we understand the sky high potential there is. Loyalty is always strong with us.
What is it like to be a Kings fan? It's to stay tough, always wish for the best, and stay positive even through the hardest of times. Can't forget this one, it's also hoping that every time we hear a highlight including "If you don't like that, you don't like NBA basketball" to make it on to ESPN's top 10 plays.
An important thing for all of us to keep in mind is, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." I'd be extremely surprised if anyone believes more than us, the most loyal and deserving fans there are.
And just for the giggles,
(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)