The Sacramento Kings fell to the Houston Rockets 112-102 Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena, but many Kings fans still have reason to be happy about this day in the team’s history.
By all accounts, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the ownership group he has assembled made a convincing case to an NBA Board of Governor’s committee in New York earlier in the day. The full board will vote later this month on whether or not to approve a sale of the team to Seattle buyers. But fans in Sacramento don’t sound worried.
“This is where we belong,” declared one confident fan before the game. “And our team’s not going anywhere.”
“The not knowing is the hardest part,” said one cautiously optimistic season ticket holder. “Coming here on the 17th, we don’t know if that’s going to be our last Kings game ever.”
Paid attendance at Wednesday night’s Kings game at Sleep Train Arena was 12,377, respectable for a Wednesday night when the team is not in a playoff race.