A groundbreaking ceremony and Opening Night provided more sizzle than steak in Sacramento on Wednesday, after a disappointing performance by the Kings featured a significant number of miscues in a loss to the visiting Warriors.
The Kings struggled, allowing 27 turnovers and shot just 31-percent from the floor in a 95-77 defeat.
There was a championship theme hanging over the festivities initially, after Kings owner Vivek Ranadive promised to hang a championship banner in the new downtown arena.
There also was a moment of unity Wednesday night, as Kings and Warriors fans came together in Sleep Train Arena in a surreal late second quarter when TV screens aired the Giants’ win in Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City.
It was also the Kings 30th anniversary in Sacramento, and they honored that inaugural team with appearances by Reggie Theus, LaSalle Thompson, and Terry Tyler.
By the end of the night, however, it felt like it could take Sacramento thirty years to build a championship team.
Rome was not built in a day, and another opportunity to improve comes Friday night as the Portland Trailblazers, fresh off a 106-89 win over Oklahoma City, come to town.
For the Kings, Mark Twain’s line may fit:
“The inability to forget is infinitely more devastating than the inability to remember.”
Sacramento may not learn much from the sloppy game film from Opening Night, and may be better off just turning the page to prepare for Damian Lillard, LeMarcus Aldridge and company.
Darren Collison agrees: "In this league, the one thing you have to do, is you gotta a kind of forget about the previous game whether you had a good game or a bad game, you got to forget about it and be prepared for the next game."