Ugly. Kings put up 81 to the Grizzlies’ 113. Ugly.
Even among the seats at Sleep Train Arena that were occupied at the beginning of Monday night, most were empty before the final buzzer.
Empty Seats, empty hearts. It is, after all, tough to root for a team that can’t decide whether it will stay or go.
Or is it?
“We’re trying to come here and show our support so they do stay here, and they know that they have loyal fans. And it’d be a bummer if they go,” said Jordan Sbaschek.
Jordan and his buddy Troy Woods drive from Redding, with some regularity, to catch the Kings play… even though this season they’ve seen a lot more loses than wins. This is not a team with a good record.
“Through the hard times and the good times,” says Woods.
Record and relocation aside, there are other issues. Among them, a star player who’s far from a model citizen. And considering some of the signals Demarcus Cousins has been putting out, it’s not entirely clear whether he wants to stay or go, either.
But there’s even a silver lining to that cloud for the die-hard Kingsmen.
“He’s come a long way,” said Sbaschek.
And that’s coming from guys who, themselves, come a pretty long way to watch their team play.