Oracle Arena reminds what could be for Sacramento if NBA playoffs ever return

Pregame introductions before the Warriors and Nuggets tipped off. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

The limits of human sensation were tested in Oakland last night.  Eyes were blinded by a sea of bright yellow in the Oracle Arena stands.  Eardrums were challenged by a deafening roar, leaving heads throbbing in the aftermath of the Golden State Warriors’ game three victory over the Denver Nuggets.

It’s the kind of atmosphere you expect from a fanbase that’s been starved for postseason action.

Unbelievable.  When we first ran out the tunnel, initially I just had to stand there and just take it all in.  It was really an awestruck moment, surreal feeling.  The type of fans that we have, it was almost like a detriment because like a lot of times when we’re trying to call out things to each other, we couldn’t hear each other because of the noise that they brought.  But you know, they were tremendous.  You know, all game long, even when we got down 12, wasn’t playing our best basketball, they still stayed there with us the entire game.

– Warriors guard Jarrett Jack on the environment inside Oracle Arena last night

After attending yesterday’s game in the bay, one can’t help but wonder what would happen if Sacramento got another chance at the postseason.  That is, if the city staves off elimination in its own political playoff series against Seattle first.

We’ve seen flashes of potential.  We’ve seen what Sacramento could be in a new era of Kings basketball.  Meaningful regular season games like the last home contest of the year against the Clippers or “Here We Buy Night” against the Jazz have brought out the best Sacramento has had to offer.

It was amazing.  From the time we stepped on the court for layups and warmups, chanting let’s go Warriors and all the yellow shirts and just the energy, it was crazy.  A big deal has been made about how long its been since we’ve been able to host a home game here in the playoffs and the fans really had that energy stored up and they brought it tonight.  So, it was a great atmosphere and obviously great to get the win on top of that to show our fans how much we appreciate them.

Stephen Curry on his first playoff experience in front of the Warriors’ home crowd.

Seven years and counting, Sleep Train Arena has been void of meaningful basketball at this time of year.  If the NBA decides Sacramento is still worthy, a return the postseason would surely be a sight to see.


Jonathan Santiago
Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.

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