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Sacramento Kings to bring back the Baby Blue jerseys for final season at Sleep Train Arena

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The Sacramento Kings have spent the previous couple of days teasing the return of the Baby Blue jerseys that the Kings wore when they first arrived in Sacramento back in 1985.  Because this is the final season at Sleep Train arena, the Kings want to bring the jersey back full circle and wear them for a full quarter of their home games this season.

Here's the Kings press release, chock-full of 80s references:

Today, the Sacramento Kings announced the return of the uniforms worn by the team from 1985-1990, including during the inaugural season in Sacramento. Kings players will rock the infamous "baby blues" during all nine #FlashbackFriday home games this season. The Kings will also wear the retro jerseys for the final home game of the regular season, the last ever to be played in Sleep Train Arena.

In 1985, Sacramento became the new (now permanent) home of the Kings following their relocation from Kansas City. Home games were hosted at ARCO Arena I, and the team reached the NBA playoffs finishing the 1985-86 season ranked fifth in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

"The 1985-86 NBA season is one of the most memorable in Kings history," said Kings President Chris Granger. "Bringing back the ‘baby blues' enables the best and loudest fans in the NBA to celebrate memories of our storied franchise history. We look forward to honoring our proud past as we look forward to our proud future at Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento."

The retro jerseys will be featured at the following nine #FlashbackFriday home games, as well as the last home game of the season:

  • Oct. 30 vs. Los Angeles Lakers

  • Nov. 6 vs. Houston Rockets

  • Nov. 13 vs. Brooklyn Nets

  • Nov. 27 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Feb. 19 vs. Denver Nuggets

  • Feb. 26 vs. Los Angeles Clippers

  • Mar. 11 vs. Orlando Magic

  • Mar. 25 vs. Phoenix Suns

  • Apr. 1 vs. Miami Heat

  • Apr. 9 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (last home game of the regular season)

Get stoked, and join the #FlashbackFriday social conversation for your chance to be featured by the team in-arena and online. Follow @SacramentoKings on Twitter for a chance to score radical Kings giveaways.

"To quote the infinitely wise Ferris Bueller: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it," said Kings Announcer and Vice President of Community Impact Scott Moak. "And you do NOT want to miss the chance to see our players in their retro jerseys."

If loving Sacramento is wrong, the Kings don't want to be right.

I think it's awesome that the Kings will finish up Sleep Train Arena in the same jerseys as the ones they started in.  These Baby Blue jerseys are easily some of the best the Kings have ever worn and it will be nice to see them used on a semi-regular basis this season.