McNair shares adorable story of son's first experience with beam


Kings general manager Monte McNair is around the team frequently, so it makes sense for him to see the team's victory beam lit up in person after wins. 

However, McNair revealed that it took a bit longer for someone very close to him to see the now-famous beam in downtown Sacramento: his young son.

"My favorite story here is we had seen the beam from our house, which we can see. We live about 10 minutes away," McNair explained to NBC Sports California broadcaster Mark Jones. "But I took him to the arena, had not been outside, we took him outside, and when we got home, he said, 'Daddy, I can't believe I saw the beam up close.' "

Since the beam was unveiled early in the 2022-23 NBA season, it has become an icon in Sacramento, with some fans changing the beam's Google description to a "place of worship" to others including it in their wedding vows

The four purple laser beams atop Golden 1 Center are not just a proclamation of victory -- McNair believes they also represent the community as a whole.

"I think everybody has that personal connection of what it means to them," McNair added. "But the fact that we're lighting it so much, the fact that it's brought the whole fandom together during this great run is just a symbol of what we've built here and what we hope continues to build."


After 16 seasons of watching Kings teams post losing records, Sacramento finally has a team it happily can root for, and a team built on the culture McNair and coach Mike Brown have instilled in their players from day one.

Ahead of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Kings are third in the Western Conference with a 27-20 record. Overall, Sacramento has the NBA's eighth-best record, ahead of teams like the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks. 

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While McNair is proud of the success this young Kings squad has experienced in the first half of the season, he understands that in order for the team to improve, their goals constantly must shift to achieve bigger and better things

And it is only fitting that McNair's young son will continue to see the beam lit more frequently as the season progresses.