Kings' fans in March 2022. Mar 9, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings fans shout from the bleachers during the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Being a Sacramento Kings fan is like saying you enjoy mediocrity without directly saying it. They have missed the postseason for 17 straight seasons and are known around the league for having one of the most dysfunctional front offices in the NBA.

Following another disappointing season that saw the Kings finish with a 30-52 record, fans of the team are looking for any sign of hope that things will be getting better.

During the ongoing California Classic Simmer League games, the Kings have impressed so far, winning their first two games against the Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat. After their victory over the Heat 81-64 Sunday, Kings’ fans came pouring out of Chase Center and into the streets of San Francisco, hyped up and already declaring that their team will get 40 wins next season.

The internet, of course, had a field day with this video. Some fans noted that even if the Kings do win 40 games, they will still finish two games under .500. Another fan noted that the last time the Kings made the playoffs, George W. Bush was still president.

While it’s easy to sympathize with a struggling franchise like the Kings, their fans may have overreacted a bit after winning rather meaningless games that include players who mostly will fail to even make the final roster.

There was one bright spot in that Kings’ fans  (some seen at top during a March game) can hang their hats on. Keegan Murray, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, had 26 points and eight rebounds, and went four-for-five from 3-point range.

[Fadeaway World; photo from Kelley L. Cox/USA Today Sports]

About Jasper Jones

A native east coaster via Connecticut, Jasper is a writer for The Comeback and Audacy Sports. He decided to head south for college, attending the University of Kentucky and graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism. Prior to joining The Comeback, Jones spent a year writing for FanSided's college football blog, Saturday Blitz, covering news surrounding the sport and recruiting. He spent the same amount of time doing some freelance work for the tabloid/sports outlet BlackSportsOnline. In his free time, Jones loves to cheer on his Kentucky Wildcats, collect sneakers, read a good book, and get in some gains at the gym. You can follow him on Twitter @jonesj2342.