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Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings logo
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 1923
History Rochester Seagrams
1923–1942
Rochester Eber Seagrams
1942–1943
Rochester Pros
1943–1945
Rochester Royals
1945–1957
Cincinnati Royals
1957–1972
Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1972–1975
Kansas City Kings
1975–1985
Sacramento Kings
1985–present
Arena Golden 1 Center
Location Sacramento, California
Team colors Purple, slate gray, black
                 
Main sponsor Blue Diamond Growers
General manager Vlade Divac
Head coach Luke Walton
Ownership Vivek Ranadivé
Affiliation(s) Stockton Kings
Championships 1 (1951)
Conference titles 1 (1951)
Division titles 3 (1979, 2002, 2003)
Retired numbers 11 (1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 12, 14, 16, 21, 27, 44)
Website www.nba.com/kings

The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference's Pacific Division. The Kings are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento. The team plays its home games at the Golden 1 Center. Their best seasons to date in the city were in the early 2000s, including the 2001–02 season when they had the best record in the NBA at 61–21 (a winning percentage of .744).

The Sacramento Kings are the latest and current version of one of the oldest continuously operating professional basketball franchises in the nation. They originated in Rochester, New York, as the Rochester Seagrams (a semi-professional team) in 1923, hosting a number of teams there over the next 20 years. They joined the National Basketball League in 1945 as the renamed Rochester Royals., winning that league's championship in their first season, 1945-46. They later jumped with three other NBL teams to the Basketball Association of America, forerunner of the NBA, in 1948. As the Royals, the team was often successful on the court, winning the NBA championship in 1951. The team, however, found it increasingly difficult to turn a profit in the comparatively small market of Rochester and relocated to Cincinnati in 1957, becoming the Cincinnati Royals. In 1972 the team relocated again, this time to Kansas City, Missouri, and was renamed the Kansas City-Omaha Kings because it initially split its home games between Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska. In 1975, the Kings ceased playing home games in Omaha and in 1977 simply became the Kansas City Kings. The team again failed to find success in its market and moved yet again to Sacramento in 1985, where they continue to reside today.

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