Kelley L Cox | Last Kings Game of the Season

Last Kings Game of the Season

April 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) thanks fans before the game against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports With baseball in full swing (get it) basketball is just wrapping up. Well at least for the Sacramento Kings.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) drives in against Houston Rockets guard Joe Johnson (7) during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Headed back to Golden 1 Arena for the final home game of the season where the Kings played the Houston Rocket's B-team while their superstars rested with injuries.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (33) watches the game against the Sacramento Kings from the tunnel during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

They even brought on players so unknown that the Kings paper roster had another player listed and their jersey had the name of the player he replaced covered up, in favor of cloth instead of his own name. What an unfriendly welcome to the big leagues for Aaron Jackson. Though I imagine, he's not complaining as he just got put on a playoff team.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; The name on the back of the jersey of Houston Rockets guard Aaron Jackson (55) is covered in cloth during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard Aaron Jackson (55) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In all likelihood it will be Vince Carter's final game as a King, after signing for the season. Will not go down in history for his time as a Sacramento King compared to his six (younger) years with the Raptors. But Kings definitely appreciate his time here.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Vince Carter (15) dunks the ball against Houston Rockets center Chinanu Onuaku (21) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Though the biggest story was the retirement of longtime broadcaster Jerry Reynolds. My friend Ali Thanawalla with NBC Sports Bay Area (formerly Comcast Bay Area, I'm still getting used to the rebrand) gave me a heads up so I was able to catch him pre-game, in-game and post-game. After 20 years as the color commentator for the Kings after 30+ years with the organization in various roles including coach! NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds before the game against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds acknowledges fans alongside Grant Napear during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It's so rare to find someone with such a long career with one company, let alone one sports team. And sounds like he'll continued to work with the Kings in a reduced role. Seems totally fair for a 74-year-old! NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings broadcasters Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear after the game against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of people evaluating how they best spend their time at this phase in their life, this game also served as reminder of how much I want myself and everyone to reduce their phone role! I fall victim to using my phone on the court with various excuses: I need for my editor to be able to reach me, I want to receive and respond to the goodnight text from my husband who is in Santa Cruz mountain biking with his sister and her boyfriend, I want to be able to check twitter to confirm any plays/injuries that get announced by the team in-game. Ultimately everyone has some reason to be on their phone. Using it when you're home alone, sure. But using it at a game, in company of others, while there is action on the court... makes the addiction seem so scary!

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; XXXXX during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; XXXXX during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

What is happening?!?

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; XXXXX during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


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