2011 has proven to be quite a gut punch for thousands of displaced Sacramento Kings fans.
A year that began with an extremely optimistic outlook has soured considerably as the Kings have struggled mightily on the court.
Reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans has regressed, DeMarcus Cousins has had flashes of greatness but has also displayed consistent immaturity and poor decision making throughout the year, then there was the incessant speculation that the Maloofs have been in negotiations with the city of Anaheim in an attempt to relocate the franchise.
I've witnessed a lot of down years for the Sacramento Kings, but this one takes the cake.
As Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson eloquently put it two weeks ago, "(the Maloofs) have one foot out the door, and three, maybe four toes on the other foot out as well."
The Kings are gone. There will be minor red tape to cut through, there will be the last-ditch effort by the most loyal of Kings fans to beg and plead for their team to stay, there will be plenty of i's to dot and t's to cross in a lengthy and complicated litigation with Anaheim, but beginning next year, the Sacramento Kings as we know them will be no more.
Anaheim Royals is the name. As much as it pains yours truly, a devout fan of the Sacramento Kings since "Saved by the Bell" made its debut, and thousands of others, we have to grow accustomed to it.
Take the first step in what could be a lengthy rehabilitation. Allow the healing process to begin. Let this article be your guide towards inner peace and potentially some direction.
Provided is a Top 10 list designed to aid grieving Kings fans in finding themselves a new team to pull for.
(And remember, this is told from a Sacramento Kings fans perspective, NBA nation.)