Sacramento Kings

Kings and Suns unite in 'Game of Thrones'-themed NBA parody, with hilarious results

FILE -- Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac, Sacramento Kings general manager talk during their team's game against the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2017 Summer League at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
FILE -- Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac, Sacramento Kings general manager talk during their team's game against the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2017 Summer League at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Sacramento Bee File

There's no denying it: The Kings, now officially victims of the NBA's longest active playoff drought, have been the butt of plenty of jokes the past few seasons.

The latest dig at the Kings (and perhaps one of the funniest) has Sacramento joining forces with the NBA's worst team this past regular season to form the "Sun Kings," in Bleacher Report's latest installment of animated parody "Game of Zones."

In it, Kings general manager Vlade Divac, principal owner Vivek Ranadive and their players — all on horseback — negotiate with Phoenix Suns emissary Devin Booker and his teammates to combine their franchises, mascots and logo to become the titular Sun Kings. (Divac's preferred name, "Kings Suns," is swiftly rejected).

Hilarity ensues, in the form of a cartoon De'Aaron Fox sounding a bugle, followed by Ranadive boasting of Buddy Hield as "the next Steph Curry," making Hield's face light up with surprise.

Note: The video contains mild profanity.

The Kings leaders then try to entice the Suns by mentioning their new "state-of-the-art castle," the one and only Golden 1 Center.

The "Game of Thrones" parody also sees the two "houses" argue over their storied histories, with Divac defending the career successes of Chris Webber and Jason Williams, "the White Knight of Chocolate." The Suns, naturally, brag about Steve Nash.

Phoenix finished the 2017-18 regular season an NBA-worst 21-61, and the Kings' 27-55 mark wasn't exactly stellar either. Just for laughs, if you combine those win totals, the mythical Sun Kings would have finished the season with just 48 wins, which would still rank worse than seven (real) NBA teams, and tied with four others.

In 28 episodes of Bleacher Report's "Game of Zones," Thursday's episode was the first to center on the Kings. The 4-minute episode, posted Thursday to YouTube, had about 650,000 views as of Friday afternoon. The series has been successful on the platform and on social media, racking up lots of likes and shares, and "The Sun Kings" was no different. People love to laugh at the Kings' pain.

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