I am sitting here watching Small Market, Big Heart, and it just has me thinking about the last three years. And you know what? Between complaining about our defense, about who should be in the lineup, who shouldn't be in the lineup, and the next player we should trade for. We have had a tough year so far, but with a great look forward. But, I just want to remind everyone, let's forget about the basketball aspect for a second and just be thankful that the city of Sacramento has a basketball team!
This year there will be no yo yo effect on our emotions. We don't have to wait for All Star weekend to hear about Kevin Johnson's making his yearly plea to the board of governors. We don't have to be talked down to by the Ric Bucher's and Darren Rovell's of the world that think we are a joke for standing behind our team. We don't have to go to seep afraid every night worrying about a new development coming out over twitter.
There are no Maloofs here. We don't have Eric Rose to silently give no comments about hte state of our team. We don't have a roller coaster ride of the Maloofs disappearing, reappearing as loyal owners to the city, crying tears of victory over a new arena deal, and backing out. Yes, we still have to build the arena. But we have a group that we do not have to take with a grain of salt, and an owner we can believe when he says he wants to get it done. I was at a game last week and saw Vivek and Pete D'Allesandro shaking fans with hands. It's great to see an owner and GM that our city can stand behind. We can watch a game and see Kevin Johnson on TV and thank him for all he has done. (In case you did not know it, since they put the kabash on the Arena deal that was agreed upon in Orlando, all camera men were warned before EVERY game not to show him at any point in the broadcast).
We can once again turn on our radio to hear Carmichael Dave again and hear him cracking jokes instead of playing Dr. Phil to the city of Sacramento. I can go out in my Kings gear now and people who don't necessarily watch will talk about how happy they are we got to keep them still. I can not tell you how many times in the last three years I had to tell people that we had not left yet. I had been corrected hundreds of times when I said I felt that the NBA was not going to let us leave. While many people were out writing our obituary, I was using what little voice I have to try and educate people on why I felt we WOULDN'T leave.
Watching this documentary again made me relive all the emotions of the last few years. From going to two Here We Stay nights, to watching Grant and Jerry cry their way off the air, it reminded me of how proud I am to be a fan of the 8-18 SACRAMENTO Kings. Yes, I want us to win, but I guarantee you that no other team in the last few years has fans that can feel the sense of victory that we should have right now. So next time you are yelling at us for leaving our man open, or getting frustrated that your favorite player didn't play, just think back how privileged we are right now to be able to complain about these things.
LET'S GO KINGS!