Their loyalty remains unquestioned.
Though uncertainty once again surrounds the Kings future in Sacramento, fans set aside their angst and willed their team to a 104-103 victory Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers.
“The fans are one of a kind,” said Kings guard Isaiah Thomas of the crowd at Power Balance Pavilion. “These fans are the best in the NBA, I feel like.”
“You wouldn’t think with everything going on, they wouldn’t show up tonight,” The rookie guard added. “And then they did.”
In light of Friday’s unceremonious end to the downtown arena deal, Kings insiders wondered what the turnout of yesterday’s game would be. To their surprise, an announced crowd of 16,012 came to watch a Kings team in the thick of a season-high seven-game losing streak.
“I can’t thank the fans enough,” said Thomas, who plans on reaching out to mentor and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson sometime this week. “Because behind everything, the good and bad, they’ve supported us. The least we can do is go out there and play hard every night for them because they support us like we do them.”
Below, reaction from Thomas, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and head coach Keith Smart on the wave of support from fans in yesterday’s win.