The history of the Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings
is a National Basketball franchise with a storied history. The team
was born in 1945 in Rochester, New York and was known as the
Rochester Royals. Since then it has been bought and sold and a part
of several city's professional sports' scenes.
After World War II, the National Basketball League (NBL) evolved
from a regional semi-pro league when it saw an opportunity for a
major professional basketball league to thrive. The Rochester Pros
was one of the top professional teams in the country at that time;
and when invited to join the NBL for the 1945-1946 season, they
renamed themselves the Rochester Royals.
The team was an immediate success and won the NBL championship its
first two seasons; and although they had the best record in the
league the third season, they ended up losing the season ending
The Royals moved over to the competing professional basketball
organization, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1948,
but a year later the BAA merged with the NBL and became the National
Basketball Association (NBA). In 1951, the Royals won their
one-and-only NBA championship title to date.
In all, the franchise spent 12 years in Rochester, NY. In 1957, the
team's owners moved the Royals to Cincinnati, Ohio, after five
straight years of losing money in Rochester. Cincinnati was chosen
because there was a strong following of college basketball and there
wasn't another NBA franchise in the area.
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Although the team started out strong in Cincinnati, they were never
able to put together a championship season there. After years of
decline, the franchise was moved to Kansas City in 1972, where they
became known as the Kings because Kansas City's professional
baseball team that was called the Royals.
The franchise was officially known as the Kansas City-Omaha Kings
until 1975 because it divided it's home games between the two
cities. After leaving their part-time allegiance Omaha, the Kansas
City Kings had mild success and even made the playoffs in the
1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons. Nonetheless, the team's popularity was
waning and star players and coaches were being wooed away by other
teams. The Kansas City owners eventually sold to Sacramento-based
The Kings moved to Sacramento, California in the 1985–86 season, and
have been based there ever since. During their first Sacramento
season they made it as far as the Western Conference playoffs; but
didn't see that level of success again until the mid 1990s. Now,
after years of disappointment, the Sacramento Kings will start the
2009-10 season with a new coach and hopes of becoming tops in the
league once again.
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