Kings assistant coach Bobby Jackson is one of the few links between the team's best years and the recent lean times, so it makes sense that he will participate in Thursday's rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento.
Former Kings players Chris Webber, Scot Pollard and Mitch Richmond - who's also a minority investor in the team - and current players Tyreke Evans and Isaiah Thomas also are scheduled to attend, along with new majority owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the investment group that's buying the team.
Jackson, who said he was "ecstatic" when he learned the Kings would remain in Sacramento, expects fans at Thursday's rally to be as enthusiastic as ever.
"It's just to let them know this is why we're here," Jackson said of the rally. "We're here because they made all this possible for us. And showing them a new era of Kings basketball. That's the most important part, to start a new era of Kings basketball and get this thing turned around and to let them know we feel their support and they have our support."
Jackson, an assistant coach for two seasons, is uncertain if he'll have a role in the attempt to turn the Kings back into contenders. None of the team's assistant coaches has a contract for next season, he said.
Head coach Keith Smart has another year on his contract, but his fate likely won't be decided until the change in ownership is official later this month.
As both a player and a coach - with a stint in the front office in between - Jackson always has been one of the most popular Kings. But he said he's not going to wait idly while his future with the team remains uncertain.
"You don't know what you're going to do," Jackson said. "You just hope and pray that they have plans for you to come back, but it is a business.
"You've still got to keep your doors open, you've got to let people know how you feel. The coaches I've played for, you still let them know that I want to be a part of the NBA and I'm looking to coach, and hopefully they'll keep me in mind and look out for me."
Jackson said uncertainty over the possible move of the team to Seattle should not be blamed for the Kings' struggles on the court this past season.
The Kings were 28-54, the sixth-worst record in the NBA and only slightly better than recent seasons. They've missed the playoffs the past seven seasons.
"I think, as coaches and players, you've got to look at yourself and say, 'Did I do what I was supposed to do as a player or coach?' " Jackson said. "And me, as a coach, I know every day I went into the office I was giving it my 110 percent, and I worked to become better every day.
"It's just certain things don't work out the way you want to. At the end of the day, we've still got good players and you've just got to get better each summer."