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The history of the Sacramento Kings from Wikipedia. 94129
The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California, United States. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Kings are the only team in the Major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento; they play their home games at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings trace their origins to a local semi-professional team based in Rochester, New York in the early 1920s, making them one of the oldest basketball clubs still in existence. The team joined the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1945 as the Rochester Royals. The Royals defected to the NBL's rival, the Basketball Association of America, in 1948. In 1949, as a result of that year's merger between the NBL and BAA, the Royals became members of the newly formed NBA. Though the Royals were often successful on the court, they had trouble turning a profit in the comparatively small market of Rochester, and relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1957, becoming the Cincinnati Royals. In 1972, the team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, initially splitting its games between Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska, and taking up the name Kansas City Kings. The team again failed to find success in its market, and moved to Sacramento in 1985.
The team won the NBL championship in 1946 and the NBA championship in 1951. Since 1945, the franchise has won one conference championship and five division championships.
The team started in Rochester for the National Basketball League as the Rochester Royals. The team immediately found success upon their arrival in the league as in their first year, they captured the NBL title. They followed this with two more NBL Final appearances. This was followed by their transfer to the Basketball Association of America, and a year later, their move into the NBA.
The team was a strong contender and was a main contender despite being bested by George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers in the majority of games. Even though their early years were filled with success including their lone NBA title in 1951, the team could not find financial success and team founder Lester Harrison moved the team to Cincinnati in 1957.
Initially led by power forward Maurice Stokes, the Royals were the team to beat. This ended when a head injury that Stokes ignored took its toll and with it the Royals nearly folded. Although they also had Jack Twyman the team still struggled to compete in the league. This all changed when the Royals acquired territorial pick Oscar Robertson.
With Robertson, the team once again became contenders for the championship. Along with other stars such as Twyman and Bob Boozer, the team had very high hopes and chances. Robertson was a high-flyer in the league, averaging a triple-double in the 1961-1962 season and was named MVP of the 1964 season. Another addition, Jerry Lucas, seemed to make a definite appeal to the title.
Despite these successes, the team could not overcome the dominant Boston Celtics that reigned over this era for every year but one. The team also failed to keep certain promising players throughout their existence. Oscar Robertson left in 1970 and immediately won a title with the Milwaukee Bucks led by another superstar, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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