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Kings announcers tear up during farewell

Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:53 am
 

Posted by Matt Moore

It's over. 

In a game that fairly well mimics the realities of the NBA economic model in 2011, the Sacramento Kings made a last charge behind a raucous crowd at Arco Arena. They thought they had it, they thought they were safe. 

Then the large market team swept it all away in a game they never really should have needed in the first place. 

The Kings played what is likely their last game in Arco Arena, losing to the Lakers in overtime. The Lakers will likely go on to win the NBA title, because that's what they do. And the small-market Kings will likely head to Anaheim, and try to suckle at the teat of the L.A. market while Kings fans deal with the pain of losing something that's been a part of their families and communities for over two decades, because that's what they do. 

As fans of the team stayed behind in a movement called "Here We Sit" in a sit-in, Kings announcers Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear signed off on what was likely the last telecast from Arco Arena. Get out your hankeys. It's getting dusty in here. 


The NBA Board of Governors is set to vote on the expected Kings' request for relocation on Friday.

Joe and Gavin Maloof were not in attendance Wednesday night. It was rumored they gave their seats to Lakers fans. I wish I was kidding.
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Kings announcers tear up during farewell

Really sorry to see another team with a GREAT fanbase go because of greed and politics and all the typical bull****

I feel for ya Kings fans - over here in Toronto we have a team that has pretty much sucked year in and year out since they joined the league. We've watched all our stars pout and skip their way out of town. Yet the Raptors have an absolutely rabid and loyal fanbase that has stuck with them through it all. So I can imagine what a total kick in the nuts it must be to get treated the way you have after showing so much dedication and pride in your team.

With the NBA full of all these prima donnas and me first a-holes it really is the fans that have kept it as a great league. Losing Sacramento just made it a whole lot worse for all of us.




Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Kings announcers tear up during farewell

I almost forgot...F*** you too Maloofs. I thought you understood what you'd built in Sacramento was unique. Now you morons bankrupt a casino and go wine about not having a new arena. Ive got two numbers for you: 471 and 354...Those are consecutive sellout streaks by Kings fan. What pair of losers.



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Kings announcers tear up during farewell

This is such bulls***. F*** you Stern you money grubbing ass-bag. You understand $ and not a damn thing about your players and fans. It's why we are headed for another lookout you friggin' clown. Sacramento fans I love you. You guys were the Green Bay of the NBA. I hope the Kings stay sooo bad. First Seattle and now you? What a f***ing travesty.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Kings announcers tear up during farewell

"They loved their KINGS. I also will miss the KINGS because they were the closest arena for me to visit and get my NBA fix."

If you are not far from Sacremento yu can't really bee that far from Oakland...:/



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Kings announcers tear up during farewell

Those guys are two class acts in broadcasting. I was lucky enough to get them on TV and radio where I live. They loved their KINGS. I also will miss the KINGS because they were the closest arena for me to visit and get my NBA fix. KINGS vs LAKERS in the arena was quite an event and I will miss it!The Malloof's plan has spoiled a franchise and robbed a city of a team they loved and deserved to keep as theirs. Napear & Reynolds God Bless!




Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:03 am
 

Kings announcers tear up during farewell

Let's be honest here--the Kings are a franchise that has spent its entire existence on the move. It's amazing that they spent 20 years in Sacramento as that's the longest that the franchise has spent anywhere.  Anaheim--or wherever they end up--will be the franchise's fifth city (not counting Omaha).  Why not move?  It's what this franchise does. I grew up in Arizona where the Phoenix Suns were established in 1968. That year, the Kings were in Cincinnati as the Royals.  So, in the fall of 2011, the Kings will be in their fourth city since the Suns were established while the Suns have never left Phoenix.  Let the franchise move to Anaheim.  In 15 years, they'll head down the coast to San Diego or back to Kansas City or somewhere else.



Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:11 am
 

Kings announcers tear up during farewell

Mannn..... being a Lakers fan i was glad to see us pull out the victory to secure the #2 seed, but I can't help but feel for these two announcers and the entire city of Sacramento.  Being from a state that has never had a professional team in any sport, I can only imagine what you are going through.  I wish the best to you all and especially Mr. Jerry Reynolds and Mr. Grant Napear.  Peace. 



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