Tale of two (NBA) cities: In Sacramento, worst of times

This could be us.

Sitting at a sports bar here over the weekend, the televisions were divided between a Yankees-Red Sox game and late-night highlights from the Masters.

“Hey, can you turn on the Kings?” a patron asked. “Oh, sure, are they playing?” was the response from a bartender fetching the remote.

How far they have fallen. It wasn’t too long ago — just a decade — that Sacramento and Indiana were two up-and-coming NBA darlings, two small-market teams challenging the New Yorks and L.A.’s of the basketball world.

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