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What’s gained and lost in the fair weather

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Dec 4, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Fans cheer during the second quarter between the Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

It does not fill me with any sense of pride to acknowledge that I watched just about every possession of Tyreke Evans’ Sacramento Kings career. And Francisco Garcia, Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes, Quincy Douby, John Salmons (both stints), Donte Greene and Omri Casspi.

I had been a Kings fan since the days you couldn’t watch every possession of your favorite team, when a game on Channel 31 was a treat. The days of Walt Williams and Lionel Simmons and Wayman Tisdale and of course Mitch Richmond. Yeah, we had a team with a Walt, a Mitch, a Lionel and a Wayman. A Spud, a Duane, a Pete and a Jim too! What a time.

I remember the series against the Sonics: the Reign Man and the Glove. In retrospect, that team wasn’t any better than the mediocre Kings teams that preceded it. But the difference was the presence of hope in the form of a rookie Corliss Williamson, fresh off of a thrilling title run at Arkansas. As a kid who loved frenetic energy and awesome nicknames like “Big Nasty,” this was a triumph. I watched Game 3 of that series against Seattle in my living room, pouring sweat from the tension, with a French exchange student who huffed butane sitting on the couch, expressing wonder at the energy of the fans at ARCO Arena. (The Kings lost.)

Things got better, obviously, and so different. On the nascent basketball internet, the land of weird forums and chat channels, you’d see other obsessives talking about Keon Clark or Lawrence Funderburke. The Jason Williams-Mike Bibby trade: what a weird inflection point, where I remember debating it with co-workers and friends and not really interacting with internet content about it. But then came the “we’ll mow your lawn” billboard, and the Tyra Banks locker room thing, and Team Dime and … the blog era.

I launched Sactown Royalty in October 2005. It was actually my third attempt at a basketball blog, inspired primarily by the growing consort of baseball blogs (Grant Brisbee’s Waiting for Boof was a lightning strike to my brain) and the nascent community of basketball blogs. The first was something called Pick and Droll, which was general NBA and lasted exactly one (1) draft. Next was SACKINGSBLOG, which led into SB Nation agreeing to make me the founding editor of their second NBA blog. I had been a rather obsessed fan before all that. I watched the golden era truly end in ARCO Arena … for a watch party for the road Game 7 in Minnesota, the season that Webber returned from injury. A brutal experience, to be sure. But a year later, the obsession went to a new level as a devoted team blogger.

It’s hard to describe what the basketball internet was like before Twitter and podcasts. There had been forums and chat channels for obsessives in the past, but the blog and the comments section were revolutionary to me. A community of people as obsessed as me about the decision to sign GREG OSTERTAG, for heaven’s sake. People who didn’t just want to talk about whether it was time to trade Mike Bibby and Brad Miller, but who should win the starting power forward job between Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Kenny Thomas. People who cared as much as me (honestly probably more than me) about where Marc Stein ranked the Kings on ESPN.go.com. Or people who would freak out if Kornheiser and Wilbon mentioned the Kings on PTI, or if Bill Simmons made a joke about Dick Bavetta and 2002 in his column on Page 2. We were there when the Kings cheerleader scandal went what passed for viral in those days. There were people who wanted to talk about the Kings every single day of the year. It was amazing … and exhausting. Because I wanted to talk about the Kings every day, too. That meant watching every possession. That meant poring over college stats and international stats and every story about every potential King on ESPN and Yahoo! and the other sites.

During that time, from 2006-07 on, it also meant rarely celebrating Kings victories.

On my newsletter Good Morning It’s Basketball, I recently wrote about how the Kings’ famous 16-year playoff drought was so much worse than “16-year playoff drought” connotates. I won’t rehash the relocation drama again. But suffice it to say that it was every bit as all-consuming and depressing and exhausting as the 30-win seasons. More so, in many ways.

Once Stern and Vivek saved the Sacramento Kings, I was still all in for the Michael Malone and Pete D’Alessandro era, and all the way up to the beginning of Vlade Divac’s tenure. But it was all too much after everything that had come before. My second child was born around that time. My time was becoming more impacted every day. All of that is why I decided that I didn’t have the mental, emotional or physical capacity to remain obsessed with the Kings. I left Sactown Royalty around that time and honestly, legitimately, for the first time in memory stopped caring about the Kings on a daily basis.

I still wrote daily about basketball, so they remained in my peripheral consciousness. But they weren’t relevant on a league basis except when they were doing absurd things like “making the cap space trade with Sam Hinkie” and “firing legitimately good coach Dave Joerger” and “trading DeMarcus Cousins out of the blue during his media availability at All-Star” and “hiring legitimately bad coach Luke Walton.”

This year, the Kings pulled me back in for quite obvious reasons: the team is extraordinarily fun, joyful and interesting on every level. So many of my friends from the fandom stuck around, and reuniting on the Kings internet has been fulfilling.

But I will say that something has been lost for me. I have not watched every De’Aaron Fox possession in the NBA. In fact, it’s been nowhere close to that. I recently had to look up when Harrison Barnes arrived in Sacramento because I couldn’t recall, because I did not care when it happened. I was too busy monitoring whether the Lakers were actually going to get Anthony Davis, and whether Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were going to have a fistfight on the sidelines, and whether my daughter was ready for kindergarten, and whether I had my life in order. The Kings went from the center of my life to complete irrelevance to my day-to-day happiness or sanity. And I do not regret it, at all. It was what I needed, and still need.

Yet something has been lost. Disengaging from serious fandom has given this whole incredible season less visceral impact than I would expect it has given fans who stuck through it. To me, the trade-off was worth it for my own wellbeing. But there is a cost to becoming a fair weather fan: a loss of familiarity, some missing pieces of the lore, a little less catharsis. I will forever argue that fair weather fans are completely valid, and that there is absolutely no shame in being a casual fan of a sports team. How people approach their lives, insomuch as it doesn’t harm other people or the planet, is up to them. Why should sports be any different?

Having experienced it from both sides, though, I can confirm that the highs or lows are very different for us who show up in the sunshine than for those who live in it through the storms and the clear skies. If you have stuck through all this morass, you have earned every bit of joy that’s come your way and that will arrive on Saturday, on Tuesday and hopefully for two more months. If you’re just arriving to the fandom, or just coming back like me … well, we deserve some joy, too. Embrace it.

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RikSmits
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April 14, 2023 10:23 am

New writer, huh? Welcome!
How about a short introduction?

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April 14, 2023 10:24 am

Yet something has been lost. Disengaging from serious fandom has given this whole incredible season less visceral impact

It’s called getting older. We live-and-die by other things now.

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April 14, 2023 11:54 am
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That is a great statement… I am stil an avid fan but the wins and losses do not impact me like they once did! I am loving this team and when they lose it is quickly forgotten. I still wear my kings gear, I still yell as loud or louder than anyone in the arena… I just don’t get angry or frustrated anymore.

it is one of the very few joys of getting old(ish) 53.

now get off my lawn!

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April 14, 2023 1:17 pm
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53 isn’t old(ish) It’s called middle age. Wait until your 80. I remeber before the Kings came to Sacramento. Oscar Robinson was and is still my favorite basketball player. When I started coaching in 1965 our team didn’t even have a mascot to call their own. We had a vote and I won. Ever since we are the BEARCATS. Means a lot to me. GO KINGS!

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April 14, 2023 1:56 pm
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Love it you shall forever be OG Jack..

not old guy, but the slang version of OG… as in exceptional, authentic or old school

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April 14, 2023 3:26 pm
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OG has never meant ‘Old Guy’…..and that’s all I have to say about that.

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April 14, 2023 4:15 pm
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I’m 53 so I’m right there with you. The fact that I can’t watch a major-league baseball game it’s one of the most mind blowing bits of personal evolution I’ve gone through. With my background, being unable to watch a baseball game is just absolutely madness. I figure I just don’t care anymore. Really weird.

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April 15, 2023 12:30 pm
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Funny you say that. I am a couple of years older than you, and was obsessed by baseball for decades, and now follow very casually.

I do feel the game has left me a bit. I miss the personalities. The Reggie Jackson’s, Rickey Henderson, Pops Stargell, Nolan Ryan, etc.

Some gracefulness and speed has left as well. Watching old clips of Rod Carew, Davey Concepcion, Ozzie Smith, etc and you realize you wont see players like them again. Now every middle infielder looks like he does MMA.

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April 15, 2023 11:01 am
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Thanks OG Jack and that you for trading me this year. for Buddy !

As an aside- I do have some trade idea- and get the URFA Yuta Watanabe

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April 15, 2023 12:26 pm
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Cheers Jack. Go Kings!

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April 14, 2023 10:31 am

I had been a Kings fan since the days you couldn’t watch every possession of your favorite team, when a game on Channel 31 was a treat.

I remember this, too. Not every game was televised. And that’s how I first learned to appreciate Gary Gerould.

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April 14, 2023 11:41 am
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G-man rec.
1999 for me. Still remember being a 16 year old Kings fanatic; listening to the radio to not miss a play. Whole family would watch Kings games when they were on Ch 31; even thought nobody else had any rooting interest.
This team rallies people together and I’m here for it.

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April 14, 2023 10:34 am

The Prodigal Blogfather

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April 14, 2023 10:38 am

ZILLER!!! One of us! One of us!

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April 14, 2023 10:39 am

Shoutout to Grant Brisbee!

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April 15, 2023 12:31 pm

Great callback!

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April 14, 2023 10:45 am

Shoutout to TZ from SACKINGSBLOG and the early StR days. Not sure all who were there and are still around, but I’m pretty sure it included Rob H. and Nate (Guru). Maybe some of the folks who are writers now (Aykis and Greg?) Kosta?

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April 14, 2023 10:46 am
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There was life before ElRon?

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April 14, 2023 11:15 am
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ElRon created the Big Bang.

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April 14, 2023 11:49 pm
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ElRon always offers the Big Bang for your Zillerbuck.

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April 15, 2023 10:21 am
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The Big Bang. Fond memories. I was happy Eve used that adjective. I thought she was ribbing me.
I will be at the game today gumming my popcorn.
First team to 150 wins. Go Kings!

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April 14, 2023 10:47 am
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I joined up after the Jason Thompson draft.

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April 14, 2023 10:49 am
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Apparently, I am old. I wasn’t there for the Big Bang like ElRon, but old.

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April 14, 2023 10:54 am
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So in a way, you were drafted by Ziller/STR?

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April 14, 2023 1:41 pm
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Some of us chose aliases based on long running inside jokes. Good to see a Ziller post again. We got Ziller ..

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April 14, 2023 12:39 pm
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When I first joined the site, Louis MG was writing alongside TZ. You, Nate and Otis were among the thread regulars, which is to say that you all were the thread. When I started writing for the site, and 8 comment thread was pretty big. The drafting of Jason Thompson (and the ensuing thread) was an absolute game changer. And Akis and Greg could not have come along at a better time.

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April 14, 2023 1:48 pm
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The first post I ever read at StR was your “Try our shakes” post when you had just joined the front page over there.

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April 14, 2023 2:28 pm
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The sad but true part of this is that I wrote that roughly 15 years ago, and this will be the first playoff game since I started writ(h)ing for StR / TKH.

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April 14, 2023 3:17 pm
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My ticket for the game tomorrow is in section214.

I could not be more proud!

And less clothed.

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April 14, 2023 3:43 pm
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April 15, 2023 12:37 am
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No pants allowed up there!

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April 15, 2023 12:33 pm
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Please clothe

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April 15, 2023 12:33 pm
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I remember that article!

That blog was an absolute lifeline for Kings fandom for me after moving to Seattle in 2001. Was so happy when I found it.

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April 14, 2023 3:53 pm
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When I first joined the site, Louis MG was writing alongside TZ. You, Nate and Otis were among the thread regulars, which is to say that you all were the thread.

Yes! Where in the hell is Otis? Did he change names and is still around?

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April 14, 2023 10:45 am

Welcome back, Ziller!

(my favorite photoshop of yours)

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April 14, 2023 10:47 am
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Exclusive video of the real author of this piece:
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April 14, 2023 11:05 am

Vibes

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April 14, 2023 1:07 pm
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hey, welcome back!

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April 14, 2023 1:44 pm
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Thanks! I could say I wish it were under better circumstances but it’s actually under THE BEST circumstances.

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April 14, 2023 3:09 pm
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absolutely!

LIGHT THE BEAM!!!

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April 14, 2023 3:53 pm
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Good to see you!

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April 14, 2023 11:11 am

ZILLER!! Welcome and glad to have you back!!! Really missed your writing style here.

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April 14, 2023 11:14 am

Ziller!
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April 14, 2023 11:15 am

Ziller’s Kings fandom: Fair
Ziller’s importance to Kings fandom, and his impact: Incalculable

What can I say? If you aren’t subscribing to Good Morning, It’s Basketball, you’re missing a ton of great basketball content every weekday, and occasional weekends.

A lot of people who cover sports are fans who became writers. Ziller is a writer who happens to love basketball. There is a Grand Canyon-sized gulf between these two things, so please, treat yourself. There arent enough ZillerBucks™ in the world to get Tom to post here more than twice a decade.

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April 14, 2023 11:18 am

I genuinely admire the ability to unplug from the team and not be so overly invested in this franchise’s drama over the years. Despite wanting to do so, and occasionally going seasons only watching a handful of games, I still found that I continued to care quite a bit. Perhaps never being as fully involved in the team as a blogger meant that I never reached the point of burnout that is perhaps necessary to prompt that sense of detachment from a team I’ve passionately cared about since I was a small child more than 30 years ago. In any event, it has been wonderful seeing not only good basketball this year, but what having a decent team to rally around has done for the community in Sacramento.

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April 14, 2023 11:28 am

Welcome back!

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April 14, 2023 11:40 am

Oh… my… goodness… that’s Tom Ziller’s music!!!!

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April 14, 2023 11:51 am

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congraved
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April 14, 2023 11:46 am

Oh shit, Ziller’s back!

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April 14, 2023 11:49 am

Now I’m waiting for Betweentheeyes to join the reunion party…

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April 14, 2023 7:47 pm
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it’s me Labradford!

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April 14, 2023 11:55 am

Nice Chillcut reference…

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April 14, 2023 11:55 am

This new guy is pretty good.

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April 14, 2023 12:04 pm
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He needs to pay some dues though… maybe we should troll him until we know he is a real fan!

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April 14, 2023 1:00 pm

Zil Lord.
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April 14, 2023 2:09 pm

Kings are back in the playoffs and Ziller returns. Now I fully expect Sabonis to flatten the hell out of Curry on a screen during the first play of the game.

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April 14, 2023 2:28 pm
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Check him to Stockton.

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April 14, 2023 3:47 pm
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Domantas Shalomus.

He’s going to dominate the Jewish rec. league.

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April 14, 2023 4:45 pm
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My man Sabonis can do the Passover, pass under, overpass, freeway, turnpike, touchdown spike, or Dick Van Dyke. He gets it done.

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April 14, 2023 5:17 pm
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LeBron’s yarmulke is oversized!

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April 14, 2023 5:18 pm
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Is Kosher Koufos in that Jewish rec. league?

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April 14, 2023 5:38 pm
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Lithuanian Latkes?

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April 14, 2023 5:42 pm
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“Hey, buddy. You don’t look Jewish.”

“Would you like to see?”

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April 14, 2023 2:16 pm

Ziller inspired me to break my lurking by popping in to wish everybody a happy playoffs. Long time coming! It still hasn’t really set in for me yet. It’ll probably hit me like a ton of bricks tomorrow.

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April 14, 2023 3:12 pm

casey!!!

Welp. All things are GO!

Who else are we missing?

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April 14, 2023 7:31 pm
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Still waiting on JLV. Come on, JLV, for once your boundless optimism is justified!

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April 14, 2023 8:12 pm
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love me some JLV positivity!

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April 14, 2023 7:49 pm
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Mr & Mrs. SavageBeast

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April 15, 2023 12:35 pm

Oh good call. Very good.

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April 14, 2023 8:10 pm
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They name SavageBeast & JLV
Here are some others who I haven’t seen post in a while that used to be quite active (apologies to anyone who’s been posting or who changed names):
BHE, The5thMookie, SMF-PDX, Swish, Hozr, NinjaFetus, Juan Primo, Gallo, and Brown.says

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April 14, 2023 8:17 pm
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Purple Loco! Zen baller?

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April 15, 2023 12:36 pm
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C’mon.

We need some Cowboy Ron & Bench Blob

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April 15, 2023 1:38 pm
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I’m still here, just lurk a little more. Usually by the time I get to an article it’s got like 20-30 comments already.

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April 14, 2023 8:43 pm
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Rick, “drink”.

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April 15, 2023 10:41 am
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I’ll always remember the “You have no refutes” guy. One of his quotes became my personal credo: “Wake up guys, the alarm clock is going off, and it’s time for school, school of life!”

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April 14, 2023 3:12 pm

Also, please don’t say “a ton of bricks”….unless you also say “Golden State Warriors” in the same sentence!

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April 14, 2023 6:39 pm

Casey! We’re getting the whole band back to together here on TKH!

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April 14, 2023 8:36 pm
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NoceOne!

Hey – remember the guy who had a full name – phillipjohnson or some such thing and he would explain how knowledgeable and wonderful he was.

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April 14, 2023 8:17 pm

Woohoo!

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April 15, 2023 12:37 pm

Cheers Casey! Nice to hear from you.

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April 14, 2023 2:20 pm

I absolutely CAN NOT wait until tomorrow! I’m so envious of those of you that will get to be there in person.
https://twitter.com/WorldWideWob/status/1646966234578309120

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April 14, 2023 3:12 pm
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Goosebumps!

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April 14, 2023 3:42 pm
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I remember that… don’t know what game or if they did that more than once but I attended a game with that intro with Slamson in white Tux.. was it 2002 playoffs

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April 14, 2023 4:09 pm
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This is the 2004 playoffs I think.

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April 15, 2023 12:40 pm
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I was not emotionally prepared for that.

I am having my 80 year old parents move their computer into the TV room so we can have a family zoom watching the game tonight.

My Mom has been a fan since the get go, and especially after I got Reggie Theus to come up and talk to her and give her an autograph at Carlos Murphy’s in 1986.

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April 14, 2023 2:40 pm

Yoooo, this interview with Kevin Martin was just posted on YouTube today!

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April 14, 2023 2:58 pm
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Kevin Martin. Good King!

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April 15, 2023 12:42 am
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One of my absolute favorite Kings. Those couple seasons with him as the guy were some of my best memories with this team

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April 14, 2023 3:14 pm
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I hope we can see more OGs.

Mitch Richmond? These are your two favorite franchises!

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April 15, 2023 11:06 am
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K-Mart.

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April 15, 2023 12:41 pm
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One of my top ten Kings of all time!!

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April 14, 2023 3:01 pm

It’s great to see you Tom

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April 14, 2023 3:06 pm

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April 14, 2023 3:10 pm

“The Rebellion is reborn today.”

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April 14, 2023 3:19 pm

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April 14, 2023 3:15 pm

Do we not have the most lovable coach ever???

https://twitter.com/NBCSKings/status/1646996977303842816?s=20

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April 14, 2023 3:28 pm
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“Screw you guys!” lol

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April 14, 2023 4:23 pm
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Everything about this team is lovable.

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April 15, 2023 12:42 pm
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Hiring Mike is going to be one of the ten best things this franchise has ever done.

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April 14, 2023 3:49 pm

Ziller? I hardly knew ‘er?

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April 14, 2023 5:20 pm
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hello again!

Rec’d!

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April 14, 2023 7:47 pm
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It’s like old home week!

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April 14, 2023 8:19 pm
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Oh cool. Hi!

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April 15, 2023 12:42 pm
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Boom! LTB vfettke!

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April 14, 2023 6:19 pm

First robby biegler and now this? THE TZiller- zillerbucks, Ziller’s Cat, and my memory is stretching … hyperspace?

It’s been a long ride, hasn’t it?

I’ve followed the Sacramento Kings since their arrival in 85’ having moved to Sac in 1984.

As TZ recalls – it was tough going following the Kings, even locally. It was The Bee (Ailene Voison, Marty McNeal, Sam Amick) and then it was the SacBee comments section. I cringe just typing that. It was an awful, horrible place.

From that eyesore – I searched for an elsewhere. A place where the hateful underbelly of fandom couldn’t be tolerated. I found SacTownRoyalty.com. My first post was admonishing the avid fan, with the vile SacBee commenter in mind – take a valium I proposed.

Ziller would have none of that. He called me out and invited me to not return. He advised healthy passion and no instruction on how others should fan. I learned from that error and I stayed on happily as a part of the community, many of whom I see back on this thread. I even remember James Ham (pre-Purple Panjandrum). Akis and his GB&U days (Pick and Scroll). Wonderful Section214.

The sunshine days are back, yet I still can’t help but carry an umbrella st the ready.

Thank you Tom Ziller for leading us back then and being back here today.

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April 15, 2023 12:43 pm

Cheers to all of your contributions as well FF. Always interested in what you have to say.

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April 14, 2023 6:24 pm

The Heat-Bulls game is definitely worth watching.

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April 14, 2023 6:39 pm
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Why? Do either of them project to meet the Kings in the Finals?

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April 14, 2023 6:28 pm

light the beam

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April 14, 2023 9:17 pm

Nearly 10 years after joining StR and finally my username is no longer ironic…

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April 14, 2023 11:19 pm

TZ is back! This is a good omen. I spent a small fortune to take my family to the game tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome. I know the Sacramento fans will deliver, and I want my kids to experience what I felt in’99.

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April 15, 2023 9:06 am

Been following this community since the Jason Thompson draft. Don’t post much but read the site and its comments section every single day. Don’t know a single one of you in real life but feels like extended family. Thank you to every single one of you to making me a more informed fan.

Now where can I cash in my Zillerbucks for a shake?

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April 15, 2023 10:23 am

I’ve been somewhere in between your two poles of fandom for oh.. fifty years or so. As a teenager growing up near Pittsburgh – without an NBA team – I fell for the Cincinnati Royals at the tail end of the Oscar Robertson era. They had just gotten sort of average, and except for the too brief Vlade-Webber era, average was all they were going to be at best for the next half a century on their sojourn from Cinci to Omaha to KC and on to Sac. It was only in the last destination that they became my home team for a while – in the early 90s.

This season has been a dream. Can’t believe they’re actually good again and hope it lasts longer than the last time. Hoping that they’re at least one championship in the next few seasons. I’ll take a dynasty too 🙂 I f’in deserve it!

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April 15, 2023 10:27 am

I was a kid during the brief Connie Hawkins era with the Pittsburgh Pipers. The Steel City was too much of a football/hockey town, and the Pipers moved to Minnesota right after winning the ABA championship because they didn’t draw enough attendance. Hence with no childhood NBA loyalties, I have been free to embrace any team that exhibits beautiful basketball and to embrace the team near where I live, which has been the Kings since moving to NorCal in 1999. Light The Beam!

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April 15, 2023 12:45 pm
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Connie Hawkins! That guy would be a star in today’s world of social media clips. What a graceful athlete.

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April 15, 2023 11:14 am

Welcome back Ziller.

I have watched every Kings game from 1985, either in person, on live Y TV or on “tape delay”
I am obsessive like that.
Lots of pain.

I am not all that anxious for this series. I know the Kings can win. I know the national media over-rates the duds.
Not sure of the outcome. Beyond great if Kings win but I do remember the old Kings teams and the fight against the Jazz- just could not break through and then Kings did. This is a process (although 17 years is a prolonged process)

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April 15, 2023 1:03 pm

What an absolute delight it has been to see the fine writing and sentiments from the staff and contributors this week, and especially to see so many old and familiar screennames appear again after reading their comments for so long.

I can barely get anything done today, I am so excited for the game. As I mentioned above, we are going to have three households zooming the game tonight together so my elderly parents can share in the enthusiasm. My 80 year old mom is now hooked on YouTube so she can see all of the post game interviews.

What a season. The incredible narratives.
Third seed.
Two All-Stars.
Favorites for Clutch POY and COY.
All-Rookie first team candidate setting a shooting record.
Exec of the Year Candidate. 176-175 over the Clips.
The resilience. The relentlessness. The quick time outs.
The TD eruption in the first televised game.
Lyles taking things into his own hands, literally, when some disrespect was shown in Sac. The Foxy game winners.
Headband Huerter.
Monk having at least a half dozen games where he channeled Ginobli.
Sabonis Triple Doubles.
Davion following the ball and defending all five opponents in 24 seconds.
HB’s fading floater off the wrong foot going off the glass for an and 1 whenever things got bogged down.
KEEEEEEE-GAN MURRAY
Gary Gerould winning DPOG.

THE BEAM.

Again. An absolute delight to share with all of you, and thru Will and Tony’s terrific podcast, with the esteemed Mr. Jerry Reynolds (who once provided my son with his favorite Kings moment ever when we saw a game in Portland after I moved to Seattle. I flew him up from college at SDSU, and we stayed at The Benson because it is where the team stayed, and we were in the lobby when Jerry sat down across from us, and I struck up conversation, and he actually moved to sit right next to us, and proceeded to call players over as the got out of the elevator. We met Peja, Scott, Vlade, etc. Jerry spent almost a half hour with us. Amazing.)

Thanks to the writers and commenters for keeping me sane, interested, and entertained all of these years of bleakness.

Fuck it, we deserve this. LIGHT THE BEAM!

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