Leading Off

Leading Off: Kings’ record is same, but there is hope

Sacramento Kings players Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams tap the heads of David Stockton and Ryan Hollins after a Ben McLemore dunk in the second quarter in the NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday evening, February 25, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings players Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams tap the heads of David Stockton and Ryan Hollins after a Ben McLemore dunk in the second quarter in the NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday evening, February 25, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. jvillegas@sacbee.com

It’s been another disappointing season for the Kings, like so many others in the 30 years since the moving vans from Kansas City unloaded the franchise in Natomas.

For the second consecutive season, the Kings have the same record (20-37) after 57 games.

Talk about consistently bad, the Kings were 19-38 after 57 games the two prior seasons.

The big difference between today and the past three seasons – heck, why not go back to 2006? – is the big hole in the ground between J and L streets in downtown Sacramento.

That hole and the team’s foundation represent hope for this franchise and fans so hungry for a winner they can barely contain themselves.

The foundation for the team on the court, of course, is the ever-improving DeMarcus Cousins, a legitimate All-Star, and NBA coaching icon George Karl.

Like the new arena, new pieces will be brought in to add to the foundation.

In less than two years, Sacramento will have a new arena, a new team, a new era.

At least that’s the hope for Kings fans who have remained loyal through losing season after losing season, hired coach after fired coach and the threat of relocation.

If you’ve been asleep for four years, you’d say nothing has changed, based on the Kings’ record, but we all know the difference.

Yes, it has been another disappointing season, but there is a big hole in downtown Sacramento and enough hope for Kings fans to fill it.

Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


What to watch

NHL, Montreal at San Jose, 7 p.m., CSNCA: After a 3-8-2 February, the Sharks are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2002-03 season.


On this date

1962: Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA-record 100 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa. Chamberlain scores 59 second-half points and 28 points from the free-throw line, both records. The combined 316 points breaks the record of 312 set by Boston and Minneapolis on Feb. 27, 1959.


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