So, today my Dad and I got to go to Arco Arena, home of our Sacramento Kings. It was an event for potential season ticket buyers (or those who suggested they might be) to get to tour the arena, all access, pretty much everywhere. We got to go down and walk on the court, see the locker room, and have a meet and greet with the Kings' new coach, Paul Westphal. Here are some of the pictures from our day.
One of the first things we did was make our way down to the court. It was a bit weird. While I have been on a million basketball courts in my life, they always seem much bigger on T.V. Standing on this court just seemed so small, so... 'normal.'
Kings franchise player Kevin Martin's locker. Hopefully these are new shoes, not the ones that destroyed his ankles last year, causing him to miss 53 games.
Here's my Dad in front of Bobby Jackson's locker. Jackson is the only player on the Kings he actually knows, and that's just from Jackson's first stint on the team earlier this decade.
Paul Westphal addresses the room full of potential season ticket buyers. He said all the company lines, but did it in a way that you could tell was sincere. He talked about how it's a player's league, coaches can't win games but they can lose them, and that the only thing he can guarantee is improvement. He is right on all three counts.
After his talk, Westphal shakes hands, signs autographs and poses for photos. So, what do you say when you have 10 seconds with the head coach of your team? I must've had a dozen one-liners ready. When the time came, all I could muster was something to the effect of, "so, what can you do about Kevin's ankles?"
Still, "I gotta say, today was a good day."