The new Sacramento Kings ownership group is doing whatever it can to once again spark fan interest.
Once a burgeoning franchise at the top of the Western Conference, the Kings have suddenly turned into a running joke around the league. They are in the midst of a seven-year playoff drought, haven't won more than 30 games in a season since 2008, and have had arguably the most shady owners in the league in Joe and Gavin Maloof.
Simply put, Kings fans have had to put up with a lot of, um, stuff over the past couple of years.
Fortunately, the most recent trial—a battle with Seattle for their beloved team—resulted in a new ownership group, and the early dividends are paying off nicely.
The new owners, led by Vivek Ranadive, recently held a fan event in which season tickets were given out to anyone who could knock down a half-court shot.
And possibly to Ranadive's surprise, five fans came through in the clutch.
Perhaps the best part about watching fans take these kind of shots—in addition to the pure pandemonium and joy after making it—is the different strategy everyone always experiments with.
Winner No. 1 went with the classic two-handed chest pass. The next did the same but realized that the bank was open.
The next guy just casually strolled up and took a jump shot from half court—Jimmer!
No. 4 went with the soccer throw-in, and No. 5 took the shoot-and-dip approach.
There are clearly many different ways to skin a cat, but one thing is certain: The new era of this franchise is off to an encouraging start.