Welp. This is it. Another year down. Another year of uncertainty. Another year going in to the last game not knowing if its your last game. However the feeling is different then the previous. One of the main reasons its different is without a shadow of a doubt we will have our answer this off season.
Its different because regardless of the outcome this bullshit finally ends. Its different because regardless of the outcome tonight celebrates the end of the Maloof era. Its different because for the first time we aren't the underdogs. It's different because this time around instead of walking in to the old barn thinking you're looking at a patient that's in critical condition and is on their last life line and being told by the doctor it's not looking good. This time around we walk in to the old barn to see a patient in great shape, one with very minor injuries and a doctor(KJ) telling you everything is going to be fine.
Us Kings fans have already been to the funeral for a team that was by all accounts considered dead. Grant and Jerry already shed their tears on live TV at this very funeral. We all sat there until security forced everyone out as we refused to leave. We all called in and cried the next day to share memories. I've already lived the funeral.
So tonight I go in to the old barn for the final chapter. Not to relive a funeral I've already witnessed, but to celebrate the start of a new story. The start of the brand new Sacramento Kings. One without having to think of staying the salary floor when I make up trades. One where I no longer have to worry about my seat collapsing halfway through the game. One where I no longer have to wonder when our new draft pick, cash considerations, is finally going to get in to the game. Tonight I celebrate a new era of Sacramento Kings basketball that may never be!
Even if the team does end up getting taken from us in a few weeks, I'm fine with not treating tonights game like its the last. I'm fine with telling myself in the future, I celebrated tonight's game for what could have been!! I'm fine with telling myself I celebrated with 17,000+ of the greatest fans in the NBA one last time for what could have been.
What this city and fans have have done is nothing short of unbelievable. We have no reason to leave tonight's game with our heads down or sad. We did everything we could and more. At the very least we need to look at tonight's game as a celebration for Sacramento. We need to leave with our heads up knowing that we gave it are all. The fight and unity that this city has pulled off is nothing short of a miracle.
So for that, I refuse to go in to tonight's game as if it is a funeral. Tonight I celebrate!