Cincinnati Royals

Cincinnati Royals

Kings Timeline


Rochester Royals Team Formation

The present day Kings started in the city of Rochester, New York, as the semi-pro Rochester Seagrams sponsored by a local Seagram's distillery. The team was known as the Rochester Seagrams from 1923 - 1942, the Rochester Eber Seagrams from 1942 - 1943 and the Rochester Pros from 1943 - 1945. Between 1920 and 1940 many strictly pro operations folded, but the sponsored Seagrams stayed afloat as others fell by the wayside during the Great Depression. Under the watch of Hall Of Famer Les Harrison, the team grew in talent, hosted increasingly better competition, and became a greater local treasure as years went by.

NBA Finals Winners

NBA Finals - 1951
The 1951 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1951 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1950 - 1951 season. Western Division champion Rochester faced Eastern Division champion New York in a best-of-seven series with Rochester having home-court advantage. Rochester won the first three games, two at home, but New York won the next three, two at home. It was the first BAA or NBA Finals spanning 1947 to 1951 that extended to a seventh-game conclusion, a 4-point win by Rochester at home on Saturday, April 21.

Move to Cincinnati

In April 1957, the Royals were moved to Cincinnati by the Harrison brothers. This move followed a well-received regular season game played at Cincinnati Gardens on February 1, 1957. The change of venue had been said to have been suggested by Jack Twyman and Dave Piontek, who were two of several roster players on the new Royals from that region. Cincinnati, which had a strong college basketball fan base and no NFL franchise to compete with, was deemed the best choice for the Harrisons. The Royals name continued to fit in Cincinnati, often known as the "Queen City".

Kansas City-Omaha Move

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 Auditorum in Kansas City and the 9,300 seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha.

Move to Sacramento

The Kings moved to their current home of Sacramento, California in the 1985 - 1986 NBA season, with their first Sacramento season ending in the first round of the Western Conference 1986 NBA Playoffs. However, they saw little success in subsequent years, and the team did not make the playoffs again until the 1996 NBA Playoffs in the 1995 - 1996 NBA season. Some of their failure was attributable to misfortunes such as the career altering car crash suffered by promising point guard Bobby Hurley in 1993, and the suicide of Ricky Berry during the 1989 offseason; some was attributed to poor management such as the long tenure of head coach Garry St. Jean and the selection of "Never Nervous" Pervis Ellison with the first overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft. Current Kings television broadcaster Jerry Reynolds and NBA legend Bill Russell were among the early coaching staff.

Maloofs Family Owners

The Maloofs were the owners of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA from 1998 until 2013. The family consists of George J. Maloof, Sr., his wife Colleen, and their children: Adrienne Maloof, Joe Maloof, Gavin Maloof, George J. Maloof, Jr., and Phil Maloof.

The Maloofs had acquired a minority interest in the Kings in 1998 and took majority control the following year, with Joe and Gavin operating the franchise. As part of the purchase of the Kings, they also acquired the team's sister franchise in the WNBA, the Sacramento Monarchs. The Maloofs operated the Monarchs until 2009, when the WNBA was unable to find a new owner and the team folded. Prior to the sale of the team, a previous deal had been reached, selling the Kings to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and investor Chris Hansen, who had hoped to move the team to Seattle. This sale was nullified on May 15, 2013, when the NBA Board of Governors denied the relocation in a vote of 22-8. The Maloof family also briefly owned the Houston Rockets from 1979 - 1982. The Rockets made the NBA Finals in 1981. The team was sold to Charlie Thomas in 1982.

Vivek Ranadivé

On March 21, 2013, it was announced that Ranadive had joined Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov to be a major investor in the attempt to purchase the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. In order for Ranadive to purchase the Kings, he had to sell his share of the Golden State Warriors.

On May 16, 2013, it was announced that the Ranadive lead ownership group came to an agreement with the Maloof family to purchase 65 percent of the Kings for approximately $348 million and will keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento. The NBA approved the sale on May 28, and the deal was expected to close shortly thereafter. On May 31, 2013, escrow was closed on the sale of the Kings to the Ranadive-led ownership group. The transaction valuation of $534 million set a new NBA record. From the start of his tenure as owner, Ranadive set about applying concepts of big data and social networking to strengthen the Kings' fanbase.

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Team Information Team History

Rochester - Cincinnati - Kansas City - Sacramento

Royals - The team then held a rename-the-team contest in Rochester's largest newspaper. The winner was 15-year-old Richard Paeth for his entry, the "Royals." This name carried over to Cincinnati.

Golden 1 Center
2016 - present
Sleep Train Arena
2012 - 2016
Power Balance Pavilion
2011 - 2012
1888 - 2010
ARCO Arena I
1985 - 1988

*Kansas City*
Kemper Arena
1974 - 1985
Omaha Civic Auditorium
1972 - 1978
Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
1972 - 1974

Cincinnati Gardens 
1957 - 1972

Rochester War Memorial
1955 - 1957
Edgerton Park Arena
1949 - 1954
Unknown Arena
1923 - 1948

Vivek Ranadive
2013 - present
George, Joe and Gavin Maloof
1999 - 2013
Jim Thomas
1992 - 1999
Gregg Lukenbill and Joe Benvenuti
1985 - 1992
Thomas Woods
1959 - 1985
Les and Jack Harrison
1923 - 1959

Established: 1923

League History:
National Basketball Association
1949 - present

Basketball Association of America 
1948 - 1949
National Basketball League 
1945 - 1948
Various Unknown Leagues
1923 - 1945

Team History:
Sacramento Kings
1985 - present
Kansas City Kings
1975 - 1985
Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1972 - 1975
Cincinnati Royals
1957 - 1972

Rochester Royals
1945 - 1957
Rochester Pros
1943 - 1945
Rochester Eber Seagrams
1942 - 1943
Rochester Seagrams
1923 - 1942

NBA Championships: 1

Retired Numbers:
1 Nate Archibald
2 Mitch Richmond
4 Chris Webber
6 Sacramento Fans "The Sixth Man"
11 Bob Davies
12 Maurice Stokes
16 Peja Stojakovic
14 Oscar Robertson
21 Vlade Divac
27 Jack Twyman
44 Sam Lacey

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