SACRAMENTO, CA- Kings fans poured into Sleep Train Arena, cheering their team on in a hard-fought gameagainst the Dallas Mavericks just a day after learning the Kings might be moving to Seattle.
"We just don't want to miss possibly the last game and it would break our hearts to have them leave,"Citrus Heights residentLinda Adams said.
Actually, the faithful have quite a few more games they'll be able to watch at home this season, but some fans felt a new urgency.
"They've been here since '85, the year I was born. I've been in love with the team,"Sacramento resident Sam Singh said."I grew up watching them play, Vlade Divak, Bibby, Webber. I mean, them leaving is like a piece of Sacramento leaving us."
Other fans still hold out hope or dismiss the idea of the Kings leaving entirely.
"I don't think the Kings are going anywhere. I don't thing the Maloofs are going anywhere. I think everything will work out. It's just a little bit of drama," former season ticket-holder Dave Adams said.
Still other fans hoped the deal would fall through, or that the Maloof family, the owner of the Kings, would not accept a possible deal in Seattle.
"The Maloofs need to keep them home. If they're going to sell them, sell them to someone who's going to keep them home in Sacramento where their fans are,"fan Ryan Lorenc said.
The Kings lost in overtime to the Dallas Mavericks, but fans got their money's worth in a game the Kings sometimes led by nearly 20 points.