Kings losing, drawing small home crowdsPosted by Inside Hoops
The Kings have won just two of their first 10 games, their worst start in more than 20 years. Their home attendance has approached record lows, and discontent is a theme among fans, some of whom booed the team off the court after a recent loss.
The fans – once described by NBA executives as among the most loyal in the league – are dwindling. The Kings’ average crowd of 12,490 through their first six home games ranks last in the NBA and is their lowest at this point in three seasons.
Still, it remains slightly higher than the arena’s record-low average attendance of 12,050 for the first six games of 2008-09 – the season they went on to draw the fewest fans per game since moving into the building in 1988.
Fans offer a host of reasons for their frustration. They find the play on the floor uninspired, the talent lacking or the pieces mismatched. The Kings have not made the playoffs in six years, and have shown little sign of improvement early this season while stumbling to the worst record in the Western Conference.
– Reported by Matt Kawahara and Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee