In 1988, Her grandmother whom raised her would have to make the hard decision of moving out of the city to a smaller town so that her uncle (whom her grandmother took care of due to severe brain damage) could try and attempt having a normal life.
This little girl is me, as I grew up Basketball was something that excited me, as a little girl I still remember watching Michael Jordan, with every move I knew this game was MY game.
After Michael retired the game was just... well it just didn't feel like a game anymore, there was no excitement, almost no point...
I had always followed my home town team because I love everything there is about Sacramento, When Chris Webber came, I remember thinking... Could this be it for them? Could this really put them where the city deserves to be? Sure enough we didn't have to wait long for that question to be answered.
Chris Webber, and a line up of Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Doug Christie, and Mike Bibby stunned the NBA world when they took the Lakers to a 7 game series. As a fan that was not in the area for the series I remember being in Best Buy for Game 5... The game we all dread to remember. I was hoping to get in the store and get out before the game started but that didn't happen so instead I sat in front of the tv showing the game from beginning to end. Other fans sitting there with me, on edge waiting to see how this would turn out. That game, That Series changed my life.
I vowed to come back to Sacramento so that the only way I would experience this was in person standing on my feet screaming with the rest of the 17,000 other fans in person.
In 2003 I finally got my chance... A friend of mine and I waited up all night, calling ticketmaster, online with ticketmaster and at a ticketmaster all in the hopes of scoring playoff tickets against the Dallas Mavericks. SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT! So instead we decided well, lets just go and we'll drive around the city; He wasn't from anywhere in the area, so I showed him around, and that day we went into this store called "Sports Fever" in Arden Fair mall... and one man changed our lives and that dream came true. He mentioned that he had 2 tickets left for the game and if we wanted them... Framed is my ticket STO (Standing Room Only) and worth every single penny.
I KNOW THE TEAM WHO BROUGHT EXCITEMENT BACK TO THE GAME!
I STOOD AND LET THEM KNOW I AM A FAN AND WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS. This process repeated itself with the trades of Peja, Chris, and Bobby.
In 2005 the Buzz about the new arena started to make its way through the news papers, ESPN and so forth; In 2006 an official matter of a public funded arena would be put on the ballot for California's impromptu election, I knew I had to do everything I could to make sure I was a part of this.
In August of 2006 I moved back to Sacramento, in the midst of the downward spiral that we as fans had been facing, but to me I'm a fan and it doesn't matter if we're winning or losing, it doesn't matter how new or old our arena is, I'm a fan and nothing will ever change that.
I was a resident just long enough to ensure that I was able to register to vote, and vote I did.
The measure didn't pass and the fans still sat in limbo, waiting to hear anything positive. We've waited for the last 5 years to hear something positive, anything to ensure us that the Kings are here to stay, and now we here from the commissioner himself that the Maloofs are interviewing other city officials?
As a King's fan I've learned they are usually doing what we aren't hearing about so in usual fashion, normally I would push this off as a media stunt, but something about this time doesn't seem to fall in that same suit.
As a SACRAMENTO Kings Fan, this plea is to the Maloof's and the CITY of Sacramento...
We are the heart of your business, Franchise and the key factor that helps your organization and this City run, we were here before you and we will be here until there is nothing left to fight for!
Move to Southern California and you'll see that the decision in that will be nothing more than your last dump before filing for Chapter 11. YOU WILL NEVER FIND FANS LIKE US, Especially not on enemy ground.
To You this is a business but to us... the ones who generate your business, this is OUR LIFE.
WE ARE YOUR 6TH MAN and the way things have been we may be the ONLY man still putting in the effort every night. This has nothing to do with filling the stands, its an economic down turn, as business men you have to understand that lowering the upper lever last 2 rows of each section to 10.00 is not going to fill the seats. We all have to worry about feeding our families, as do you but lets all make a compromise here.
I am all for a publicly funded arena, if that's what it takes I'm all for it. Give the residents of Sacramento and Surrounding a discount on merchandise, and tickets since we're footing some of the bill... There is a way to make this happen, you guys used to be such great owners, and still can be, lets make something happen and keep the King's in the City they call home!