Sacramento Kings Announcers Grant and Jerry Tear Up at End of Telecast (Video)

We’ve already talked about how the Kings-Lakers game on Wednesday night in Sacramento was one of the saddest moments of the NBA season. Landon Donovan was one of the people who thought it was a joke that the Kings were moving until he realized how truly sad it was to see such a great sports town lose its beloved (and only) team. We’ve covered the story previously at LBS and gave you the heartfelt perspective from a lifelong Kings fan. We can tell you as much as we want how devastating it is for Sacramento to lose the Kings, but nothing conveys the touching emotion quite like this video of the team’s TV announcers, Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear, signing off Wednesday evening:

It really is a shame such a great sports city is likely losing its only professional team. First it was Seattle, and now it’s Sacramento. This really sucks.

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  • Anonymous

    You have to feel bad for these guys, and the city of Sacramento as a whole. Unfortunately, sports is a bottom-line business that tends to forget the human element. Sacramento is too large of a market to go without a professional sports franchise of some sort for too long. They’ll have their opportunity again someday.

  • http://www.milena-velba.de/ Anonymous

    Maybe, Kris. Despite being a metro area of over 2 million, Sacramento is so close to the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area (metro area of 7.5 – 8 million) it tends to get overshadowed.

    What pisses me off most is that the Maloof brothers basically pulled a stunt straight out of “Major League.” As soon as the city refused to foot the bill for a new arena, they started putting out crappier and crappier products until they were “justified” in relocating the team.

    I lived in the Sacramento region for 17 years. One of the biggest tragedies here will be the loss of Gary Gerould (radio announcer) from the NBA airwaves. He tends to be overlooked, but Gary is one of the finest NBA play-by-play men I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    They’ll have to get in line behind Seattle! Unless there is a hard salary cap, expect to see Cleveland and OKC move.

  • http://profiles.google.com/razorxnosx RazorX CISS

    The same thing happened here in sea. One of our “own”(Howard Schultz) sold the Sonics because they wouldn’t break the current lease and start a new one at Key Arena. The terms of the lease did suck. And why the former ownership signed it in the first place is beyond me. But none of it matters now, the fans are the ones who end up paying. I wish nothing but the worst for Howard shultz and the maloofs. With the “give me want I want right now, or I’ll leave” attitude. I haven’t bought Starbucks anything since he sold the team and never will. Perhaps someone could post the maloofs businesses, and I’ll make sure never to contribute nothing to them. I will also tell as many as I can not too as well. RIP Sacramento Kings.

  • http://profiles.google.com/razorxnosx RazorX CISS

    “They’ll have to get in line behind Seattle!”

    I promise you, Stern will not allow another team in seattle!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Fabium.Cleveland Fabium Phoenix Cleveland

    You can get that thought of Cleveland Caves leaving out of your pea-headed mind!

  • Anonymous

    I think the Thunder are set in OKC for a while. They seem to have really
    good local support and are the only game in town. I would expect Minnesota
    or Memphis to move before OKC.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    True. OKC should be good for a while since they are still new to the city. If the NBA doesn’t address the problems with their salary structure, small market teams can and will lose their assets!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Face the music, your team is hanging on to lottery tickets. If your next few draft picks don’t pan out, you’re on the verge of losing your team with the population of the city dropping so quickly.