An artist's rendering shows the arena – the oval-shaped building at center – proposed for the Downtown Plaza site by the investors hoping to buy the Sacramento Kings. The blue buildings at left are towers envisioned on J Street as part of a development plan to re-energize downtown.


If the Kings stay in Sacramento, what is more important to you?

Leading Off: Will Kings fans ever demand excellence?

Published: Friday, Apr. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013 - 8:43 am

Think of the 28 seasons since the Kings came to Sacramento from Kansas City. They went to the playoffs just 10 times, and they had a winning record just eight times.

Think also of the team's eight-season stretch of near-greatness (1998-2006).

Was being good that seldom the kind of thing only suckers consider acceptable? Was 2002 a blessing or a Robert Horry/too-many-missed-free-throws nightmare?

Don't forget the punch-line losing streaks, on-the-cheap arenas, ownership changes and ridiculous ticket prices. Thirteen of those losing seasons ended with 29 or fewer victories (not counting 22 wins in last year's lockout-shortened season). A 14th could be on the way this year.

Now Sacramento is represented by political leaders and business people who are trying to convince the NBA the Kings should stay here. They are putting city and private money on the table and promising great things – greater than can be found in Seattle, anyway.

History shows fans here will put up with most things. High prices, low performances and a rat-trap gym haven't kept fans from paying to watch a team that wins about 35 percent of the time most seasons.

If the Kings stay, will the new owners have carte blanche to continue to run a second-rate show? Will fan gratitude outweigh ownership accountability?

Or will Sacramento demand something more for its money this time around?

What to do

NBA, Dallas at Kings, 7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena: Only four more home games this season.

Today's poll

If the Kings stay in Sacramento, what is more important to you?

• Better team

• New arena

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to

Thursday's results

What do you most appreciate about the River Cats?

• The stadium: 43%

• The game: 32%

• The possibility of seeing future major-leaguers: 25%

Total votes: 81

Call The Bee's Brian Blomster, (916) 326-5512. Follow him on Twitter @b_blomster.

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