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The Suns made Kings fans melt down

Head coach Luke Walton of the Sacramento Kings talks with De'Aaron Fox #5 during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 23, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Suns fans won’t be sorry for Sacramento Kings fans after a 124-95 Phoenix win to open the 2019-20 season.

But they know the feeling real well.

That of shame. That of watching basketball so bad it makes them physically ill. The feeling that things never change.

You could say Sacramento fans felt like Phoenix fans have felt ever since 2010, the Suns’ last playoff run. Or you could just say that Kings fans felt like #Kangz fans.

Yes, yes, yes. It’s only one game and Suns fans know all too well from a blowout win in the opener last year that it does not project how the rest of the season will go.

For the Kings, however, there’s a level of concern being raised after Sacramento reacted to a relatively successful 2018-19 by firing head coach Dave Joerger, hiring Luke Walton and shelling out a lot of money to a group of free agents that included — gulp — Trevor Ariza.

So indeed, there was some panic on the part of the Kings and their fans.

Exhibit A is general manager and VP of basketball operations Vlade Divac and assistant GM Peja Stojakovic collectively putting their faces in their hands while watching the game at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Exhibit B was all of Kings Twitter melting down as Sacramento blew a double-digit lead in the second quarter and ended up losing by 29.


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