SACRAMENTO -- The passion for purple has received a jolt in the early going of the Sacramento Kings season.
This year's Kings squad has a different identity and has been running and gunning through their first 10 games. They've been outscoring their opponents more times than not and averaging a whopping 119 points per contest.
"I mean, the way we play we are getting up and down the court," said Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox. "We are playing fast, we're trying to get more possessions."
"I think the guys are having fun. You know, they're getting up and down, they have an identity and a belief that we can win this way," said head coach Dave Joerger.
The hype surrounding Sacramento is something fans are not used to, but they're happy to be soaking it all in right now.
"Oh yeah, the 6-4 start I think has gotten the whole city energized and hungry for more," said Kings fan Jon Kanemasu.
Former Kings player turned broadcaster Doug Christie has been impressed at what this year's Kings team has been able to do in the early going.
"I love the confidence of the bunch and it starts with De'Aaron Fox," Christie said. "And the ability to establish their identity I think has been paramount. They've done it early on and now it's going to be can they continue on doing that and making teams adjust to the way that they play."
One more piece of good news on the Kings side is that Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has missed the first 10 games with a knee injury, was medically cleared by team doctors. He should make his season debut Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors.
Fans Over the Moon
Kings fans have a little pep in their step these days.
Some were also a little surprised about the early wins.
"Yeah, we look at each other like what the heck is going on? They’re not that good, are they?" one fan told FOX40.
Wednesday night's game was just one of 41 regular season home games. But for Kevin Melder, no game will ever top it.
"Father-son relationship right here. What better way than a sporting event with the Kings," Melder said.
After years away from his son, Jake, Melder said he recently won custody. Last Friday, the 16-year-old moved back to California and back home with his father.
On Wednesday night, the two celebrated their reunion with their first ever Kings game together.
Melder was barely able to contain his emotions.
"That's right, I got Jake for the first time," he said. "We’re going to a Kings game and we are excited they are having a great year and date night with my son."