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Farewell, StR

It’s been a hell of a run

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The StR staff planned on working through the end of March, but that was under the assumption that the NBA would still be happening. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re instead going to spend this week saying our goodbyes in individual posts and handing over the reigns. -Greg

What can I say to everyone reading this post but thank you? For the past three-and-a-half years you’ve dealt with my hot takes, stat-heavy articles, wonderful food opinions, and fan fiction, and your feedback and comments have made me a better writer, a better researcher, and a better person. I love this community so much, from the pun threads to the GIF parties to the hundreds of inside jokes, and as excited as I am about the new venture at The Kings Herald, I struggle to reconcile the fact that I’ll never login to Sactown Royalty after today’s goodbye. This site will be missed. All of you will be missed.

Akis, thank you for making the decision to bring me on the staff, for keeping me in line throughout these last few years, and for allowing me to take some risks even when you took the heat on the backend.

Greg, thank you for keeping this site alive with content on a day-to-day basis and for constantly editing and publishing articles. I’ll never forget the day you told me that D’Alessandro had one ‘L’ after I had typed it 6,000 times in one piece.

Blake, thank you for being the professional among a group of goof-offs. You’ve established in-person relationships that have massively benefited all of us working from afar.

Bryant, thank you for your incredible draft insights that keep this community alive for a quarter of the year. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll one day lose you to a full-time gig with an NBA team.

Brad, thank you for your unique sense of humor, your brilliance as a podcast host, and your selfies. I can’t wait to read Vivexpendables 3 over at The Kings Herald.

Kevin, thank you for building our incredible social media brand and your willingness to deal with Will.

Omer, thank you for breadth and depth of basketball knowledge. I’ve become a much savvier analyst simply through talking strategy with you over the years.

Rich, thank you for incredibly clear and concise writing, your injection of passion into the staff, and your determination to keep the Kings organization accountable for all of their decision-making. Oh, and for your beard (sorry, Kevin).

Robby, thank you for your twice-per-year brilliance that blows the rest of us out of the water. Every time you post a thought or an article, I become a better writer for having read it.

Sanjesh, thank you for your dedication to this website as our recap guru, your determination to grow as an author, and your incredible meme game on Twitter.

Kimani, thank you for your dazzling photography and for your determination to be at every home game that you can attend. Every time I’ve needed a certain shot or requested something unique for an article, you’ve come through.

TJ, thank you for introducing a unique writing voice to the group here at Sactown Royalty and your unique perspective of covering one team while being the fan of another. I wouldn’t have a Blue’s Clue what that’s like or how to deal with it.

Tony, thank you for your advice throughout the last few years, your consistency in helping to build this site to what it’s become, and your level-headedness among a group of crazy, passionate, sometimes out of control writers.

Will, thank you for your ingenious previews over the last few seasons. They’ve been a bright spot in the darkest of times and every time I write a preview, I can’t help but feel inferior. Thank you for your partnership in the mailbag project here at StR and your unique perspective on not only the game of basketball, but in life as well.

Once again, thank you to everyone who has ever read or commented on an article here at Sactown Royalty. It’s a damn shame what’s happening to this site, but I can’t want to see every single one of you over at The Kings Herald in a few short weeks. It’s been my honor to cover the Sacramento Kings for you over these last few years, and for a very final last time, thank you.