Kings players, after weeks of being urged to keep mum on any relocation plans, are starting to speak out.
On Sunday, there was a rare full building and some standing ovations, including the closing seconds of Sacramento's 106-97 victory.
Fans understand that the team is playing its final games at home, and many took pictures before the game in front of the arena.
Former Kings players have spoken recently of how they grew to appreciate the small-city charm of Sacramento, from Chris Webber to Doug Christie to Bobby Jackson.
Now the current ones are saying the same.
"I think about it a lot," Kings guard Tyreke Evans said. "Are we going to be here next year or not? We've got long-term leases. It's kind of frustrating. I like living here and don't want to leave. It's a laid-back spot. It's a good place for me."
Said Kings reserve Donte Greene, "It (stinks). I don't know what I'm going to do if we leave. And I know the fans are going to be hurt, and I feel for them. All we can do is wait and see, and just keep playing."
And Kings guard Francisco Garcia, "I love Sacramento. People ask me all the time, 'What are the Kings going to do?' I say I don't know. I really don't want to talk about it."
Kings coaches and front office people have been mum on the subject, by order of upper management/ownership, though Kings coach Paul Westphal did say, "What can anybody do about it? We have enough to worry about as a team without solving other problems. It's a very unsure life, being a player, but it's what you sign up for."
KINGS 106, JAZZ 97: Tyreke Evans had 24 points and 10 assists and DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points, nine rebounds and five steals for Sacramento, likely playing in its final home Sunday game before relocation to Anaheim. Francisco Garcia had 17 points and Marcus Thornton 15 for the Kings, who had 29 assists.
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