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Happy one year anniversary!

One year ago today, The Kings Herald launched. We certainly never expected the insane level of support that we've received, and the crew wanted to get together and offer a letter of thanks.

Akis: Wow, has it been a year already?

This has been one of the strangest and most difficult years in my entire life, and I know I'm not alone in that.  But it has also been one of the most rewarding, in large part thanks to this site.

When we were let go by SB Nation back in December of 2019, a part of me wanted to give up.  After 10 years of spending so much time and energy writing and covering a bad team, maybe this was my sign to let go.  But that feeling didn't last long, especially with how determined the rest of the staff became in ensuring that the spirit of StR lived on, even if the site itself would be out of our hands.

We spent days, weeks and months developing this site from the ground up.  We set up our own business entity, we visited lawyers, we even sent requests to an old lady in Ohio to see if they might be willing to sell us a URL.  It was a lot of work, and there were some bumps in the road, but in the end we were able to make the site and bring it live.

And yet, all that work wouldn't have meant anything without your support.  You don't know how amazing it was for us to see just how many people came over with us and have helped us out financially as well through merch and Patreon subscriptions.  Without you, this site wouldn't have meant anything, and without you, we wouldn't have wanted to do it in the first place.  

The Kings Herald may have only been around for a year, but this community has been together for over a decade.  Let's keep it going as long as we can.  One day the Kings will be good again (don't hold me to this), and we want to be there for it, to celebrate together. Thank you.

Tim: One year ago today, we launched The Kings Herald in the midst of a global pandemic, while the NBA season was indefinitely suspended. What a start, huh? 

No one on staff really knew how things would go, or if anyone would care about a new/old Kings blog, but you all have overwhelmed us with your support, from those who regularly read articles and comment, to those subscribed to the Patreon, to those who have purchased merchandise. All of those actions enable us to produce the best Kings-centric coverage in the world, while hosting the most loyal and dedicated Kings-centric community in one place. Like many of you, I don't know that I would still be a Kings fan without this incredible group, so thank you from the bottom of my cold, curmudgeony, giraffe heart for all that you've done over the past 12 months, and that all you'll do over the next 12 years. 

Sanjesh: It's wild to see the one-year anniversary of TKH manifest. I don't know if it's because time has passed both fast and slow during the pandemic or if it's because the Kings have repeated the same storylines every year that you forget what an amazing accomplishment this is. Every single member of the TKH staff dedicated hours upon hours to create this site, but most importantly you, the readers, are what keeps this community churning. I've been on a new venture over the past few months, but I check in when I can and seeing everyone continue to discuss the evergreen Kings we've come to know makes me happy, even though I know the team does not produce the same emotions for many. Also, I just want to shoutout Will for his extraordinary previews. His writing is purely exquisite and reading his new words is always something I tune into with joy. Here's to the first of many!

Rob: Thank you from the bottom of my pants. You (staff and community members) make the good moments great, and the bad moments tolerable. You are intelligent, sharp and hilarious. This community is you, and you rock.

Mirann: I have only joined the TKH team in the past few months, but to see what the TKH staff and community have built in just one year is incredible and inspiring. Thank you all for welcoming me into this wonderful community of celebration and commiseration. Kings fans truly are one of a kind and I can't wait to celebrate with all of you at the championship parade one day!

Tony: I can't believe that it's already been a year. I'm sure everyone on staff will highlight different aspects of our launch, so I wanted to take this time to thank anyone who checked out The Kings Herald Show with Will, Jerry, and I over the last year. I thought we needed the SB Nation bump to do cool Kings things online, but adding Jerry to the mix this year showed me that I was wrong, and if anything, our association with SBN was starting to hold us back more than help us out. I won't lie, having StR removed from my life was a bummer, but seeing TKH grow in its place has been so much more rewarding. Thank you for making the trip with us.

Thank you for being so receptive to our new site, new projects, new writers, new merch, and all future new things. So much has happened in year one that I cannot wait to see where things go over the next 12 months. 

Blake: Thank you for making The Kings Herald what it is. We knew we had to maintain the community that had been built up over the years and I am thankful you all came with us. On launch day, I remember seeing everyone in the comments re-connecting with great joy. That was probably one of the best moments for me as a Kings fan, and it had nothing to do with the team. And that is an example of how this community largely makes being a Kings fan, at least for me. 

I also appreciate everyone being helpful and patient when we experience glitches with the site like we had a few weeks ago in the comments. (Even the comments in a test post are enjoyable!) So again, thank you - we will keep building this site and improving it and we couldn't do that without your support.

Kevin: Wow, one year? I want to echo the sentiments of the rest of the staff in saying thank you so much for your continued support and patience as we grow and learn, for continuing to entrust us with a slice of your Kings coverage and for making this community your home. The difference between this site and the many other places you could go for your Kings news, is you all. The daily conversation, the diversity of opinion, the good faith discussion, and the shared passion of this community, are what make The Kings Herald what it is, and we could have accomplished none of this without all of YOU. Thank you so much. I love you all. (Also, follow us on social if you can.)

TJ: I would like to thank everyone who has ever sent the giraffe an aggressive comment about his insanely atrocious taste. I would also like to preemptively thank Akis and Greg for handing him his future walking papers. In all seriousness...that guy sucks. But to the fans of the site: you're welcome for me only putting out maybe two publications this year so your dictionaries gather dust. Also, I love you. And I'm saying that sober, so you know it's true. Maybe.

Greg: When we decided to do our site in the wake of Vox's decision to let us all go, I was nervous. I wasn't expecting so many of you to join us here and continue the community that we started so many years ago. The only reason I've kept caring about this godforsaken team is because I get to go through everything with all of you. Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to be able to keep doing this thing we love. From the staff to the readers to the lurkers, I say thank you.

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April 21, 2021 1:34 pm

Thank YOU guys for doing the hard work in starting this site. It was worth keeping this community together so much that like 95% of us from the old site logged out of there on March 20th and all migrated here because the crew of admins, writers, and commenters was truly just one-of-a-kind. I joined this crew of misfits in 2013, and here I am eight years later still logging in to TKH when I first wake up and browsing while I am at work. And I’ve even met a couple of you guys in real life too. Hopefully once we get back to some sense of normalcy soon we can have a “TKH Night” at O’Mally’s or something!

By the way, did you guys refuse to let Will participate in this article because he hasn’t watched Lady Bird yet? 😉
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April 21, 2021 5:15 pm
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It’s rather silly I’ve seen Lady Bird before Will has. I was waiting for it on Netflix!

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April 21, 2021 1:36 pm

This is good!

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April 21, 2021 1:44 pm

Thank you to kings herald writers! But no thank you to these other guys…

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April 21, 2021 1:45 pm

Thank YOU. I’m more inspired than ever to continue my mostly lurking!

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April 21, 2021 1:48 pm

Big congratulations to all of you! As you said, one could hardly have had worse timing for the launch, but you fought through it, and the site seems to get better by the week. Still, it’d be nice to get an occasional essay from Biegler. He’s just too good of a writer to not weigh in more often, although I understand that he’s dealing with a lot of OCD issues that make it difficult for him to interact with anyone other than Craig Kilborn.

And my curiosity is piqued: What are the specifics of the call to Ohio? (You can contact me directly if you don’t want to put it here.)

Thanks for everything that your crew is doing!

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April 21, 2021 1:57 pm

Thank you to the TKH staff for creating this site and essentially lowering the proverbial lifelines to rescue us all from the hellhole that Vox, in their infinite lack of wisdom, created one year ago.

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April 21, 2021 4:31 pm
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No Vox Given!

Put in on a t-shirt. Then SEND IT TO THE INTERNET!
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April 21, 2021 2:12 pm

Yeah big thanks to y’all, and glad that you’re all going at it after all the BS endured around the demise of the previous site being a tenable arrangement. Appreciate the site and the work of you fine folks, despite the Kings’ season!

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April 21, 2021 2:14 pm

Normally I don’t comment any news albeit I read almost all of them, mainly because english isn’t my mothertongue and at times I find annoying to use to write or speak because I’m not able to express all the concepts I would in the same way and with the same nuances I would use in italian, albeit I’ve no problems in reading it.
In my first years of Kings fandom it was quite boring to just watch games (when possible…after all I was 12/13 years old so for at least half a decade I was able to watch just a few games here and there, lurking all the possible highlights or games where and when possible) on my own and never being able to read something about it or having somebody to discuss it with (lol considering I don’t comment much this last part may look a bit weird, but at times while reading I identify with the people that writes things I think too, so in a way it’s still like discussing the topics with friends), so for this occurrence I make an exception just to thank you for the new site, because your (of all the people of the site) virtual company have been a solace in rooting for the Kings these last few years.

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April 21, 2021 4:31 pm
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Your English is easily understandable. I’ve seen much worse from native speakers!

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April 21, 2021 5:04 pm
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yah sez u

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April 21, 2021 4:38 pm
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Come ha detto Carl, capiamo il tuo inglese. Scrivi di piu, per favore. 🙂

E… FORZA KANGZ!

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April 21, 2021 2:59 pm

This place is awesome and I honestly don’t know if I would still be following this monumentally dumb team without it. I think as Tony mentioned, you actually out grew SBN which is really saying something. This place is better and will be better than that place could have been. TKH has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of STR and we are all better for it. Now if only the Kings would someday rise from the ashes like TKH has done, instead of being like the dead bird that resides in the gutter outside our apartment complex.

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April 21, 2021 4:41 pm

Dammit. The Suns actually did rise from the ashes like a Phoenix. And here the Kings are, still a dumpster fire.

It seems like only yesterday that we we were the Sun-Kings, sharing our misery.

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April 22, 2021 4:14 pm
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I know I almost included that in my post but then it made me sad so I left it out LOL.

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April 21, 2021 3:04 pm

Congrats to you all on the first year! Here’s to a better Kings team that can draw more eyeballs and hopefully put more $$$s in your pockets. Thanks for the hard work!

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April 21, 2021 5:05 pm
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Please, they’re not in it for the money. This is a mission of pure, unsullied love.

If money is what you want, do what I did and start an onlyfans,

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April 21, 2021 6:30 pm
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April 21, 2021 3:16 pm

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April 21, 2021 3:21 pm

Thanks to TKH team. Y’all don’t know me, but I read every story and comment. Been doing it since 2012. Thank u for setting up this fan site…my pathetic life would be even more depressing without your efforts! 👍

PS…Eff Vox media!

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April 21, 2021 4:55 pm
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TKH to VOX:comment image

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April 21, 2021 5:04 pm
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I love seeing how dead it is over at those “Vox” sites. Like one or two comments per article.
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April 21, 2021 4:01 pm

I just want to say one thing to all TKH staff and contributors:
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April 21, 2021 4:07 pm

My wife and kids want to thank you for giving me a place to vent about the KANGZ.

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April 21, 2021 4:55 pm
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Wait. This site is…helping…your marriage?

SHUT IT DOWN, GUYS!

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April 21, 2021 4:31 pm

Thank you for giving we Kings fans something to enjoy, because the team sure hasn’t! #TKHFTW!

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April 21, 2021 4:52 pm

Add my thanks for all you have done and continue to do. I can only imagine where I’d be without this outlet for my frustrations!

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April 21, 2021 5:00 pm

Long Live The Kings Herald!
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April 21, 2021 6:21 pm

Congratulations you guys. You did good. We’re so proud of you down here in the peanut gallery.

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April 21, 2021 6:22 pm

Thanks guys for the kind of team effort we wish we could see from the Kings organization from the top down. You are putting out a site we can really enjoy even without that corporate money. Congrats on your success and I’m so impressed with all of your hard work.

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April 21, 2021 6:41 pm

Grats! and Thanks!

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April 21, 2021 6:42 pm

Call me crazy or a Kangz fan, I don’t know what is worse, but the best thing to happen to you guys and our community was Vox letting you go. This rendition of what was STR is far better and ahead of where it used to be. This place has been the reason I’m still a Kings fan. Thank you all who contribute to us, while owing us nothing. Cheers to many more.

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April 21, 2021 7:56 pm

Congratulations for the milestone, and thank you for all the hard work.

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April 21, 2021 9:48 pm

Thanks TKH. On to the 5 year anniversary!

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April 21, 2021 10:34 pm

Congrats to you guys … it takes guts to do what you guys pulled off and I appreciate the forum to commiserate with my fellow Kangz fans.

Also, does anyone know what the hell happened to LaBradford? My username was created in his honor and it doesn’t make much sense without him here on the boards.

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April 22, 2021 10:29 am

Congrats on the one year and more importantly, thank you to all the staff who did the hard work of keeping the spirit that had been on the other site and bringing it to an entirely new organization. I occasionally go to the other site and kind of feel sorry for the 2-3 writers who have to put out articles and get maybe 5 posts. But they made their choices so they can live with the results. I would like to see more of the €œlurkers€ chime in from time to time. Maybe one post a week. It would be nice to see new names and grow TKH.

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