Walt's Best Sacramento Kings Moments
*1988. My first week in Sacramento, and covering the team at the first Arco Arena.. I went into the Kings lockerroom and up to Reggie Theus. He said "hey, it's the new face in town". I always remembered that act of kindness. He's always been my favorite Kings for his exploits on...and off the court! Great tennis player too.
*1988. Gregg Lukenbill takes me on a sky walking tour of the new Arco arena being built. We end up on a catwalk about 100' up over all the beams and just a shell of the place. I am not good with heights, but Gregg figured i had a hard hat on so what could go wrong? I got to see places of Arco i didn't care too.
*1996 Playoffs. Game three vs. Seattle. The Kings had won game two in Seattle to even the series at one each. It was the first home playoff game at Arco in ten years. When the Kings came out of the lockerroom for warmups with "the boys are back in town" playing.... the place went crazy. Like crazy crazy. Fans stood and completely screamed their lungs out during pregame. I was in the stands as a fan, and we all looked at each other with "we need to save something for when the game actually starts". Kings lost the game and the series, but that night was my #1 moment.
*1998. Jerry Reynolds jumps up to beef a refs call and passes out right in front of me at the scorers table. Blaine Reichelt whistles him for a technical foul for his histrionics, then recinds the call when he realizes Jerry might be dead. Medics ran out and Jerry wakes up. Turns out Jerry had been on a new diet and hadn't eaten...and that was all it was.
*2002 playoffs vs Lakers. Peja airball. I felt Peja was a better regular season performer than in the hot lights of the playoffs. The biggest shot of his life turned out to be an airball. It came with 11 seconds left to go in game seven against the Lakers with the Kings down 99-98. It's a shot Peja hits in his sleep...in the regular season. The Kings went on to lose game seven in overtime, and their best chance to win an NBA title.