Sacramento Kings Fans Rally as Team Wraps Up Losing Season
The chatter around Sleep Train Pavilion centered on that question Wednesday night. With NBA owners debating whether to approve the franchise’s sale and relocation to Seattle, the ever-faithful fans of the Sacramento Kings pushed that uncertainty aside and did what they have done for parts of four decades during the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Maybe for the last time.
Hope rang out in those trademark cowbells. Optimism showed through purple-painted faces and in the jerseys of players past and present worn throughout the sellout crowd that packed the 17,317-seat arena.
- Antonio Gonzalez, Seattle Times
Curry made 16 3-pointers in the previous two games to close within one of Allen’s record set with the Seattle SuperSonics. Curry hit his first 3 of the night with 6:55 to go in the first quarter.
Golden State’s bench jumped to cheer following the record-breaking shot, and a group of Warriors fans behind the team’s bench at the Rose Garden gave Curry an extended standing ovation.
The Giants recently had not been pitching with anything resembling their usual effectiveness. Their team earned run average ranks 12th in the National League.
The Brewers came to this series struggling to score. But Tuesday night, this same club, which had just one day earlier ended a 32-inning scoreless streak, scored 10 runs against the Giants. The Brewers also ended Barry Zito’s streak of 16 consecutive starts won by the Giants.
Nobody could have anticipated this sort of outburst by the Brewers, who are without two of their key run producers, cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart. And in particular, nobody could have predicted breaking out of a team slump against the pitching of the Giants.
- Mike Bauman, MLB.com
In a calm and collected demeanor, the San Francisco 49ers General Manager discussed his vision for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Trent Baalke was asked about drafting quarterbacks, if he had specific players in mind for pick No. 31 or if he was looking to fill the team’s starting free safety position in this year’s draft.
The 2011 NFL Executive of the Year didn’t dive into specifics on each topic but stressed the ultimate phrase for this time of the year.
‘Anything is possible.’
- Taylor Price, 49ers.com