Kansas City Kings Team History
One of possible targets for relocation of the Cincinnati Royals was San Diego, which had lost the Rockets to Houston in 1971. However, it was decided to move the team to Kansas City, while also playing some of the home games in Omaha and St. Louis. This was not a new business plan for the team, as some of their Cincinnati home dates were played in Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton. St. Louis fell out of the equation somewhere along the line, but Omaha stayed a second home for the team for several years.
One of the ramifications of moving to Kansas City was the team name… They could not keep the name “Royals” because of the baseball team of the same name, but they maintained an air of regality and officially changed their name to the Kansas City-Omaha Kings.
Nate Archibald was selected in the second round of the 1970 NBA draft (19th pick) by the Cincinnati Royals. He was also drafted by the Texas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association.
The team netted a new superstar in Nate Archibald, who led the league in scoring and assists in the 1972 – 1973 season. The Kings later played several home games in St. Louis during the early 1980s to large crowds.
In 1972 – 1973 season, Archibald led the NBA in scoring and assists, becoming the only player to win the titles in both categories in the same season. (In the 1967 – 1968 season, Oscar Robertson led the NBA in points and assists per game but did not win the titles because they were based on totals rather than averages at the time.) His scoring average of 34.0 points per game broke the NBA record for a guard. His 910 assists that season (11.4 assists per game) was also an NBA record at the time, breaking Guy Rodgers’ mark of 908. He was named the Sporting News NBA MVP that season.
The Royals, on moving to Kansas City, renamed themselves the Kings to avoid confusion with the Royals baseball team. The team initially divided its home games between Kansas City and Omaha until 1975, when it abandoned the Omaha market. During that time the team was officially called the “Kansas City-Omaha Kings”. The move from Omaha marked the opening of the 16,785-seat Kemper Arena in Kansas City. During the first days the Kings played at the 7,316-seat Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City and the 9,300-seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha.
Rochester – Cincinnati – Kansas City – Sacramento
1949 – Present National Basketball Association
1948 – 1949 Basketball Association of America
1945 – 1948 National Basketball League
1923 – 1945 Various Unknown Leagues
Kings – When moving to Kansas City, renamed themselves the Kings to avoid confusion with the Royals baseball team. Still in the theme of royalty.
1985 – Present Sacramento Kings
1975 – 1985 Kansas City Kings
1972 – 1975 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1957 – 1972 Cincinnati Royals
1923 – 1957 Rochester Royals
NBA Championships 0
2016 – Present Golden 1 Center
2012 – 2016 Sleep Train Arena
2011 – 2012 Power Balance Pavilion
1888 – 2010 ARCO Arena II
1985 – 1988 ARCO Arena I
1974 – 1985 Kemper Arena
1972 – 1978 Omaha Civic Auditorium
1972 – 1974 Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
1957 – 1972 Cincinnati Gardens
1955 – 1957 Rochester War Memorial
1949 – 1954 Edgerton Park Arena
1923 – 1948 Unknown Arena
2013 – Present Vivek Ranadive
1999 – 2013 George, Joe and Gavin Maloof
1992 – 1999 Jim Thomas
1985 – 1992 Gregg Lukenbill and Joe Benvenuti
1959 – 1985 Thomas Woods
1923 – 1959 Les and Jack Harrison
1 Nate Archibald
2 Mitch Richmond
4 Chris Webber
6 Sacramento Fans “The Sixth Man”
11 Bob Davies
12 Maurice Stokes
14 Oscar Robertson
16 Peja Stojakovic
21 Vlade Divac
27 Jack Twyman
44 Sam Lacey
1997 – Present Slamson the Lion
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