With all the events these past couple of months concerning the Kings, I thought this might be a good time to sit back and try to remember when and why I became a fan. For some, they became instant fans the minute the team moved here and can throw stats out there like crazy, whether it’s about attendance, free throw percentage, highest paid player, etc. Of course, I’m a fan of the game but my love affair with the Kings is so cool because of the memories – good and bad. You know the ones I mean…tell me your heart doesn’t drop to the pit of your stomach when you think about that shot by Horry! See, being able to “relive” things like that is what makes this team so special to me.
For me it started in September of 1993 when I was introduced to the Kings by my future husband, Kenney. We watched every game, went to some, and even set the alarm to wake up early so we could watch the Kings play in China at like 4:30 a.m. How about when Doug Christie fired up Rick Fox…or that injury to C-Webb…or when Bobby Jackson went in to the first row diving for a ball only to have a lady kiss the top of his bald head. All this was before the advent of social media and fans being able to share their love and passion for this team on Twitter or Facebook. Radio call-in shows, like Carmichael Dave’s, were how we could “connect” with each other and share the high’s and low’s of being a Kings fan.
And this brings me to another great part of being a fan…that’s the feeling of being a part of a family! There came a time around 2000 when my husband became disabled and we couldn’t get to games anymore. Carmichael Dave had his show in the evenings, and I’d listen while working. On a whim, I sent him an e-mail telling him what great fans Kenney and I were, how he had to retire because of illness, and I was asking for help getting to Fandomonium. Imagine my shock when while listening, I heard CD read my e-mail. He told the listeners if they could get Kenney, his wheelchair, and me to Arco that he’d do the rest and make sure we all had a great time! The response was overwhelming, and it was at that moment I realized this was more than just a basketball team…it was a basketball team that had the best people as fans! Most of us have never met but we support each other, we tweet nonstop, we help buy tickets for others, and stick by this team irregardless of the numbers in the win/loss column.
So for me, it’s not just being passionate about the guys wearing the uniforms! It’s the complete package that comes with being a Sacramento Kings fan, and we have no doubt one of the best fan bases in the NBA! Anybody can sit down and watch a game, but a Kings fan has some great memories with every game they watch!