The Kings ended the 2018-19 season nearly four months ago. It doesn't feel that long ago, but a lot has changed in the NBA since then.
August just started, but a new season basketball is on the horizon, as the Kings released their 2019-20 preseason schedule Thursday.
The team will open up with a pair of games in Mumbai, India, squaring off with the Indiana Pacers at the NCSI Dome. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was born in Mumbai, and has worked hard to build up the game of basketball in his home country.
Ranadive and the Kings announced the games back in December, as he hopes to make basketball a sport of importance in a country with over a billion inhabitants.
The two-game series will mark the first time a major North American sports franchise has hosted a game in India.
The Kings will host Melbourne United of Australia's National Basketball League on Oct. 16. in Sacramento's last tune-up before the regular season.
Here's the Kings' full preseason schedule:
Friday, Oct. 4: at Indiana Pacers, NCSI Dome (Mumbai, India), 6:30 a.m. PT
Saturday, Oct. 5: vs. Indiana Pacers, NCSI Dome (Mumbai, India), 6:30 a.m. PT
Thursday, Oct. 10: vs. Phoenix Suns, Golden 1 Center, 7:00 p.m. PT
Monday, Oct. 14: at Utah Jazz, Vivint Smart Home Arena (Salt Lake City, UT), 6:00 p.m. PT
Tuesday, Oct. 16: vs. Melbourne United, Golden 1 Center, 7:00 p.m. PT
The Kings will rack up a lot of airline miles, but fans will get a first glimpse this fall at what could be a potential playoff team in a wide-open Western Conference. Sacramento hasn't been to the postseason since 2006.