by Jonathan Santiago / @itsJONsantiago
With Sacramento Kings fans rallying support to keep the team from relocating, last night’s contest wasn’t just your typical regular season game. Kings fans came and sold out ARCO Arena, hoping to remind the Maloofs, the Kings owners, of the good old days in Sacramento. And in a tightly contested game at the venue now known as Power Balance Pavilion, the ARCO crowd willed the Kings to a 105-99 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
What was the atmosphere like? Here are some sights and sounds from last night’s game to answer that question.
One Kings fan’s plea to Joe and Gavin Maloof to keep the team in Sacramento.[audio:http://www.slamonline.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Keep-the-team-in-sac.mp3]
Kings small forward Omri Casspi wanted to win the game for a sell-out crowd.
Head Coach Paul Westphal knows the history of the ARCO advantage. [audio:http://www.slamonline.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Westphal-on-the-history-of-the-arena.mp3]
Point guard Beno Udrih wants to play in Sacramento.
New Kings guard Marcus Thornton was impressed by the fan support. [audio:http://www.slamonline.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Thornton-on-his-first-game.mp3]
Kings power forward Jason Thompson doesn’t believe the relocation talk is a distraction. [audio:http://www.slamonline.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/JT-doesnt-think-its-a-distraction.mp3]