Rochester Seagrams and Royals
Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Kansas City Kings
|Stadion||Golden 1 Center|
|Club colors||Black, slate, purple, white
|Head coach||Luke Walton|
|General manager||Joe Dumars (Interim)|
|owner||Vivek Ranadive (majority owner)
|Farm teams||Stockton Kings|
|Conference title||1 (1951)|
|Division title||5 ( 1949 , 1952, 1979, 2002 , 2003 )|
The Sacramento Kings (German Sacramento Kings) are a basketball team from the North American basketball league NBA . The team is based in the California capital Sacramento . The club, founded in 1948 under the name Rochester Royals , was originally located on the east coast of the USA in Rochester (New York) . They gradually moved west, via Cincinnati , Ohio to Kansas City (Missouri) , finally gaining a foothold in 1985 in Sacramento. 1951 the team was the last time in the NBA Finals .
The beginnings from Rochester to Sacramento
The Rochester Royals were founded as an amateur team in the 1920s and joined the NBL professional league in 1946 . There they became champions in their first season after the team swept the Sheboygan Red Skins with later Hall of Fame members Al Cervi , Bob Davies and Red Holzman . For the 1948/49 season , the team joined the Basketball Association of America , later the National Basketball Association ( NBA ). In 1951 the team won its first and to date only NBA championship.
In 1957 the team moved to Cincinnati . In the 1960s, the team, led by Oscar Robertson , experienced its most successful period and reached the play-offs six times in a row from 1962 to 1967, but could not win any title. Robertson left the team in 1970, which moved to Kansas City in 1972. From 1972 to 1978, the Kings played some of their home games in Omaha . In the 1980/81 season, the Kings reached the play-offs despite a negative season record and only failed there in the conference finals at the Houston Rockets .
The last move to Sacramento followed in 1985 . In the first season in Sacramento, the team reached the play-offs, it would be the last time for the next ten years. The following years were marked by mismanagement. In 1989 Pervis Ellison was chosen first, but he never lived up to expectations. Kenny Smith and Ralph Sampson's engagements did not turn things around either. In 1991, Mitch Richmond was brought from the Golden State Warriors , who remained the face of the unsuccessful franchise for years. In the new decade, the Kings did not reach the post season again until 1996. After that season, the franchise was sold to the Maloof family who would lead the team into a prosperous future.
With the drafted Jason Williams and the newcomers Vlade Divac , Peja Stojaković and Chris Webber , who could be signed for Richmond by the Washington Bullets, the team ended the lockout season 1998/99 for the first time with a positive balance (27:23). Although the team failed in the first round at the Utah Jazz , in the next few years until 2006 they always reached the play-offs. Webber and Divac in particular, but also his back-up Scot Pollard and point guard Mike Bibby, proved to be particularly valuable for the Kings in this era. In the 2001/02 season , the team had the best record in the regular season (61:21) and lost the series of conference finals just 3: 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers , after losing the last game in extra time went. This game series - especially Game 6 - is suspected of having been manipulated by the NBA in favor of the Lakers.
2006 to 2016 - No playoffs for the Kings
With the departure of Peja Stojaković , Vlade Divac , Scot Pollard and Chris Webber, the team was severely weakened and has not reached the play-offs since 2006. In addition, head coach Rick Adelman left the team as announced and was replaced by Eric Musselman . Under Musselman, the team was last in the division. Musselman was consequently replaced by Reggie Theus . But even under Theus there was no sporting success. During the 2011/2012 season he was replaced by his assistant coach Keith Smart. Smart was subsequently confirmed as head coach for the 2012/2013 season. The management hoped that the development of the young players Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins would provide important impulses for the future of the franchise. But even with Smart, there were mostly no successes. The 2012/2013 season ended with 28 wins and 54 defeats, only slightly better than the years before, and the development of the team's talents also stagnated.
After the franchise was sold to the current owner group around the Indian businessman Vivek Ranadive, the management was restructured. It was also with Michael Malone , a new head coach and the squad committed rebuilt again. The former hopefuls Tyreke Evans received no new contract and left the club for New Orleans. DeMarcus Cousins was chosen as the future face of the franchise and given a new contract. With the draft, the Kings secured Ben McLemore as further support for the team's sporting future. With Carl Landry , a former high performer also returned to the team. However, the 2013/2014 season ended with the same results as 2012/2013. With 28 wins and 54 defeats, the Kings were again in the table cellar of the Western Conference and missed the play-offs significantly.
After a solid start to the 2014/2015 season, head coach Michael Malone was relieved of his duties after 24 games and a record of 11 wins and 13 losses. The reason given was the sporting record and the hope for new impulses for the franchise. His successor was initially his former assistant coach Tyrone Corbin , who previously worked as head coach for Utah Jazz . Under his leadership, however, the team could only achieve 7 wins in 28 games. As a result, Corbin was replaced in February 2015 by George Karl , who previously trained the Denver Nuggets . Ultimately, with 29 wins and 53 defeats, the Kings were only able to achieve one victory better than in 2013/2014 and, as in previous years, found themselves well outside the play-offs. The former king player Vlade Divac then replaced D'Alessandro as manager. This tried to attract new players in the summer of 2015.
For the 2015/2016 season, the Kings were able to sign Rajon Rondo, a former all-star from the Dallas Mavericks , who, alongside cousins and Gay, was to become the third established force in the Kings game. Furthermore Kostas Koufos and Marco Belinelli were committed. Over the season, the Kings were able to keep up in the fight for the play-offs for a long time, but ended up with 33 wins and 49 defeats again outside the play-off positions. Following the season, the Kings announced the separation from head coach George Karl .
Season 2016/2017 - move to the Golden 1 Center and rebuild without DeMarcus cousins
The new head coach was David Joerger , who had previously worked as head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies for three years . Joerger received a contract with the Kings until 2019. Shortly before the end of the trade deadline in February 2017, the Kings surprisingly gave their top scorer DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans via Trade and in return received Buddy Hield , Tyreke Evans , Langston Galloway, and draft picks for the 2017 draft. With that, the Kings set their course again for a rebuilding without their most dominant player in recent years. Likewise, the Kings parted in the course of the trade from Forward Matt Barnes , whose contract was terminated. The season ended with a record of 32 wins and 50 losses well outside the playoff placements.
In the 2017 NBA draft , the Kings De'Aaron Fox drew fifth, and they secured the rights to Justin Jackson in 15th place and Harry Giles in 20th place in the first round of the draft . In the course of the 2017 offseason, those responsible for the Kings decided to add several veterans to the young core of the squad and signed Zach Randolph and Vince Carter, two former all-stars who were already active at the Memphis Grizzlies under head coach Dave Joerger. Likewise, with George Hill, an experienced player from the Utah Jazz was hired. In return, Darren Collison and Rudy Gay , among others, left the club and joined new teams. The experiment with the veterans did not work out, however, so that Hill was transferred to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the season and the team increasingly turned to young players such as De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanović , Buddy Hield , Skal Labissière , Justin Jackson or Willie Cauley Stone sat. The playoffs were again clearly missed with 27 wins. In the 2018 NBA draft , the power forward Marvin Bagley was chosen in second place . The Kings start the season surprisingly well, thanks in particular to the performance improvement on the backcourt with Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox . Over the course of the season, Harrison Barnes was another high achiever from the Dallas Mavericks .
Secure future in Sacramento
For many years the Maloof brothers tried to build a new hall in Sacramento or to find investors to renovate the Power Balance Pavilion . With this project they have regularly failed in the past few years, both in local politics and in hearings before the league.
Since the outdated arena in Sacramento had not met the requirements for years, plans to move the team were discussed. With its 17,317 seats, the Power Balance Pavilion offers the smallest hall in the league and is anything but attractive for new sponsors and investors. During the 2010/11 season it was revealed that the Kings were in contact with the city of Anaheim to move the franchise there. There the Kings would have played in the modern Honda Center . The city of Anaheim was keen to attract an NBA team to the city at the time. The Kings have already checked their first names, and if they moved, the team should have been named Anaheim Royals (based on the beginnings of the franchise, which was called “Royals” from 1945 to 1972).
However, the move to Anaheim failed due to various factors. On the one hand, the city of Sacramento is refusing to allow a move due to outstanding debts on the part of the franchise, and some city officials also hoped that a solution could still be found to keep the team in Sacramento. There were also some actions and calls from the fans to keep the team in Sacramento and secure the future with a new arena. Even former players, like Chris Webber , campaigned for the Kings to stay.
In May 2011, the Kings announced that the team would play in Sacramento for the 2011/12 season . The club's management was forced to wait and see whether the plans for a new arena could be implemented. Should this not be the case, the Kings would move to Anaheim for the 2012/13 season . As the season progressed, there were more and more positive signals and in early 2012 the owners of the Kings announced that the team would stay in Sacramento and that a new arena would be built.
But just a few months later the project was reversed and the plans for a new arena had to be frozen. The reason given was a lack of agreements between the Kings and the city. Finally, the Maloof brothers announced that they wanted to sell their shares in the Kings, so that the team could move again. In January 2013, a preliminary agreement was reached with a group of investors from Seattle who wanted to bring the Kings to Seattle as Seattle SuperSonics in the event of a successful sale . To prevent the Kings from moving, local investors from California wanted to try to make an equal bid for the franchise. A final decision on the future of the franchise was then postponed to spring 2013.
In April 2013, an NBA committee voted that the Kings should stay in Sacramento and that a sale of the Kings to an investor group from California would be preferred. It was expected that the representatives of the other teams would follow suit and the Kings would remain in Sacramento. Less than a month later, the owners of the other teams followed suit and refused to allow the Kings to move to Seattle. The Kings will therefore initially remain in Sacramento. However, it was emphasized from all sides that a new arena was needed to keep the Kings permanently in Sacramento. In May 2013, the previous owners of the Maloof family and the new owners around Vivek Ranadive agreed on a sale with a volume of 535 million US dollars.
A few months after the successful sale of the franchise, the Kings unveiled plans for a new arena in the Sacramento metropolitan area. According to the plans of the new owners, the arena should be completed by summer 2016 and offer 18,500 spectators for basketball games. According to initial estimates, the construction costs will amount to 448 million US dollars. On April 10, 2016, the Kings final game took place in the Sleep Train Arena . In this game, the Kings prevailed 114: 112 against the Oklahoma City Thunder . For the 2016/2017 season, the Kings then moved into the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Honors and achievements worth mentioning
|Mike Bibby||Career ended|
|Otis Birdsong||Career ended|
|Doug Christie||Career ended|
|Wayne Embry||Career ended|
|Brian Grant||Career ended|
|Bobby Jackson||Career ended|
|Jerry Lucas||Career ended|
|Kevin Martin||Career ended|
|Brad Miller||Career ended|
|Lionel Simmons||Career ended|
|Kenny Smith||Career ended|
|Reggie Theus||Career ended|
|Rudy Gay||San Antonio Spurs|
|Tyreke Evans||without a club|
|Isaiah Thomas||without a club|
|DeMarcus cousins||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Vince Carter||Atlanta Hawks|
|Hedo Türkoğlu||Career ended|
|Bobby Wanzer||Career ended|
|Jason Williams||Career ended|
|year||Victories: defeats||Wins [%]||Play-offs|
|1948/49||45:15||75.0||0-2 in the Western Division Finals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1949/50||51:17||75.0||0-2 in the Central Division semifinals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1950/51||41:27||60.3||NBA champions 4-3 against the New York Knicks|
|1951/52||41:25||62.1||1: 3 in the Western Division semi-finals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1952/53||44:26||62.9||1: 2 in the Western Division semifinals against the Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1953/54||44:28||61.1||1: 2 in the Western Division Finals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1954/55||29:43||40.3||1: 2 in the Western Division semifinals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1955/56||31:41||43.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1956/57||31:41||43.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1957/58||33:39||45.8||0-2 in the Western Division semifinals against the Detroit Pistons|
|1958/59||19:53||26.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1959/60||19:56||25.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1960/61||33:46||41.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1961/62||43:37||53.8||1: 3 in the Western Division semifinals against the Detroit Pistons|
|1962/63||42:38||52.5||3: 4 in the Eastern Division Finals against the Boston Celtics|
|1963/64||55:25||68.8||1: 4 in the Eastern Division Finals against the Boston Celtics|
|1964/65||48:32||60.0||3-4 in the Eastern Division semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers|
|1965/66||45:35||56.3||2-3 in the Eastern Division semifinals against the Boston Celtics|
|1966/67||39:42||48.1||1-3 in the Eastern Division semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers|
|1967/68||39:43||47.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1968/69||41:41||50.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1969/70||36:46||43.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1970/71||33:49||40.2||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1971/72||30:52||36.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|Kansas City-Omaha Kings|
|1972/73||36:46||43.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1973/74||33:49||40.2||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1974/75||44:38||53.7||2-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls|
|Kansas City Kings|
|1975/76||31:51||37.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1976/77||40:42||48.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1977/78||31:51||37.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1978/79||48:34||58.5||1: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns|
|1979/80||47:35||57.3||1: 2 in the first round against the Phoenix Suns|
|1980/81||40:42||48.8||1: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets|
|1981/82||30:52||36.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1982/83||45:37||54.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1983/84||38:44||46.3||0: 3 in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1984/85||31:51||37.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1985/86||37:45||45.1||0-3 in the first round against the Houston Rockets|
|1986/87||29:53||35.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1987/88||24:58||29.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1988/89||27:55||32.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1989/90||23:59||28.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1990/91||25:57||30.5||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1991/92||29:53||35.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1992/93||25:57||30.5||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1993/94||28:54||34.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1994/95||39:43||47.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1995/96||39:43||47.6||1: 3 in the first round against the Seattle SuperSonics|
|1996/97||34:48||41.5||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1997/98||27:55||32.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1998/99||27:23||54.0||2: 3 in the first round against the Utah Jazz|
|1999/00||44:38||53.7||2: 3 in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2000/01||55:27||67.1||0: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2001/02||61:21||74.4||3: 4 in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2002/03||59:23||72.0||3: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks|
|2003/04||55:27||67.1||3: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2004/05||50:32||61.0||1: 4 in the first round against the Seattle SuperSonics|
|2005/06||44:38||53.7||2: 4 in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs|
|2006/07||33:49||40.2||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2007/08||38:44||46.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2008/09||17:65||20.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2009/10||25:57||30.5||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2010/11||24:58||29.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2011/12||22:44||33.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2012/13||28:54||34.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2013/14||28:54||34.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2014/15||29:53||35.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2015/16||33:49||40.2||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2016/17||32:50||39.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2017/18||27:55||32.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2018/19||39:43||47.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2019/20||31:41||43.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|total||2593: 3094||45.6||80: 107 in the play-offs (42.8%) 1 NBA championship|