By Jeff Case
The state of the Kings’ future in Sacramento remains a touchy subject in California’s capital city, something our good friend Scott Howard-Cooper has covered extensively on the Hang Time blog and on NBA.com, too.
Even though today is Election Day across the U.S., we won’t bring everyone down with more (depressing) talk of the Kings’ future in Sacramento and whether or not they’ll be moving to greener pastures one day. Frankly, we can’t stand to see Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napier getting emotional again.
Anyway, as this clip embedded above shows, the Kings are in dire need of some kind of new digs — especially if pieces of tarp-like material are falling from the scoreboard mid-game.
The first instance takes place with about 5 minutes and 30 seconds to go in the second quarter when a piece of the material hits the opposite end of the court from where the action is. Then, with about 4:22 left in the third quarter, another piece falls from the scoreboard around midcourt. Finally, with about 6:40 to go in the fourth quarter, another (and final) last piece hits the court.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in any of the instances. Some props are due, too, to Kings coach Keith Smart. He showed some hustle when the first piece fell, sprinting onto the court and grabbing the offending piece of tarp (or whatever it was) and getting it off the Sleep Train Arena floor. The officiating crew handled the removal of the other two pieces.
Time will tell if this is a funny or foretelling footnote in the Kings’ arena saga, but we figured we’d bring it to your attention in case you missed it.