Kansas City Kings

Country United States United States
City Kansas
Founded 1975

Kansas City Kings were a professional basketball team playing in the National Basketball Association from 1975 to 1985. The Kansas City Kings are now known as the Sacramento Kings.

The Kansas City Kings were a team which evolved from the Rochester Royals which was found in 1945. The Royals were relocated from Rochester to Cincinnati and finally Kansas where they were christened as Kings. Initially the Kings played as the Kansas City Omaha Kings were there were in an exceptional agreement to play between the cities of Kansas and Omaha. Having played very few games in the city of Omaha the Kings dropped the city out of their name and became the Kansas City Kings in 1975. The team colors were Blue, Red and White. The logo was a shield with a red crown top with Kings written in white and the bottom was a blue basketball. Their home arena was the Kemper Arena and the Municipal Auditorium.

In 1975, the Kansas City Kings got off to a bad start and finished third with a 31 wins 51 losses. In 1976, after getting off to a better start and winning 39 games out of the first 72 games, the kings were leading by 4 games to the Chicago Bulls. The Kings however lost their lead and their chance to play in the playoffs by winning just one of the remaining ten games. In 1977, Larry Staverman replaced Phil Johnson as coach however; the Kings still failed to make an impact and finished with 31 wins and 51 losses. In 1978, Phil Ford was drafted to the Kings, who went on to become the Rookie of the year. Cotton Fitzsimmons was appointed as the new coach. Cotton led the team to win their first division title. After struggling and failing to make it the playoffs, the Kansas Kings were relocated to Sacramento, California where they were bought by a group of investors.

In a total of 820 games the team played as the Kansas City Kings they won 381 matches and lost 439 matches.

In 1972, the team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, and changed name to the Kansas City–Omaha Kings. Later the team changed name again, this time to the Sacramento Kings.

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