When the Kings came to Sacramento in 1985, fans filled the American River College gym to the rafters to see their players at a team practice.
There were rallies, greetings at the airport and even a black tie affair on opening night.
Gregg Lukenbill and his team went through a lot of heartache, political discourse, posturing and negotiating to get the team to move here from Kansas City and build two arenas.
According to the book Never Lose by Frank McCormack
, when Lukenbill opened the doors to Arco Arena 1 for the first time, the crowd was greeted with this telegram from President Ronald Reagan:
“I am pleased to send my best regards to the Sacramento Kings and as you begin your first season in Sacramento. Since I have lived in Sacramento…”
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