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Why Kings' purple uniforms always will be Sacramento's best jerseys

Why Kings' purple uniforms always will be Sacramento's best jerseys

Across the years, the Kings have had numerous color schemes.

In addition to their true purple and black colors, they’ve donned the old school reds and blues to embrace the 35th anniversary from when the team moved to Sacramento.

With all of those, which ones are the best? 

NBC Sports California took to Twitter, and it appeared the majority of fans liked the blue and red uniforms that were recently introduced into the team’s uniform rotation:

That’s fair, but I can’t shake picturing the Kings in anything but purple.

Chris Webber, Mike Bibby and De’Aaron Fox all share that commonality. That’s special. 

They also stand out and are different which is the attitude the Kings portray. 

Embracing the new/old blue shouldn’t be ignored, of course. It’s a big part of the Kings’ history and many basketball players, including Steve Nash, would gush over how loud it would get in the arena in the earlier years when his team would visit.

Sometimes, those days are the ones worth remembering. 

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The best part? There are no wrong answers. The other best part? They left out those awful gold uniforms that ESPN once compared to faux, silk fitted bed sheets. 

Yeah -- better just to stick with what you know. 

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Why Mike Bibby describes playing with Kings as best time of his life


Why Mike Bibby describes playing with Kings as best time of his life

The Kings’ Mike Bibby era was iconic. 

His seven-season run with players like Chris Webber never will be forgotten for all the success Sacramento saw on the court.

Bibby sat down with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith and talked about his run with Sacramento -- a fit that was comfortable for Bibby right away. Even though trading for him meant bidding farewell to Jason Williams, a guy Kings fans were in love with. 

“The guys treated me like I was there for five, six, seven years," Bibby said. "I got there and Jason Williams was a prized possession in Sacramento and when I got traded for him, I just wanted to fit in, I didn’t know if the fans would like me or if the team would like me.

"In my first year we had the best record in the West. I had the best time of my life and my career playing in Sacramento with those guys. I think Sacramento is the best team I played on.”

Bibby detailed the trade, along with the special relationship he and Webber had throughout that stretch and how selfless the Kings were. It didn’t matter who scored, they were a strong team and wanted to win.

“That’s the way basketball is supposed to be played,” Bibby said. “That was the best time of my life -- being in Sacramento.”

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That was a time where the Kings gave the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money. The Kings skated through the first two rounds of the playoffs, defeating the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks. That was all in Bibby’s first season. 

Across those seven seasons with the Kings, Bibby averaged 17.6 points and  3.2 rebounds per game. 

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How golden-era Kings have stayed close unlike Michael Jordan's Bulls

How golden-era Kings have stayed close unlike Michael Jordan's Bulls

ESPN’s "The Last Dance" is over, but the 10-part documentary series seems to have stirred up some unresolved feelings amongst Michael Jordan’s former Chicago Bulls teammates.

On nearly a daily basis, there is a new report about someone who is upset. Horace Grant called Jordan a "snitch." Scottie Pippen reportedly is “livid” with his ex-running mate, and poor Scott Burrell might want to read up on "Stockholm syndrome" after the mugging he took during the documentary.

While the Bulls sliced through the NBA like a well-oiled machine, they clearly had issues behind the scenes and the documentary has opened up some old wounds.

Current Kings assistant coach Bobby Jackson played against Jordan during his career, and he said this week that other players' perceptions of Jordan ultimately matched the portrayal of him in "The Last Dance."

“Mike didn’t care who he pissed off and who he rubbed the wrong way to win games and come in with a competitive environment every single day,” Jackson said on the latest episode of the "Purple Talk" podcast. “I’ve heard he was a really good teammate, but I’ve heard he could be a really bad teammate also.”

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Basketball teams usually form an interesting family bond. They travel together, spending hours working out and practicing. That often leads to close friendships. To see the Bulls take shots at each other almost 25 years later is uncomfortable to watch, but it has a lot to do with the way their life has now been put on display for so many to see.

Jackson's Kings didn’t have the same success as Jordan's Bulls, but they were a really good basketball team that made eight straight playoff appearances. The core of those squads remains close to this day and many are still associated with the franchise.

Vlade Divac is the general manager. Peja Stojakovic is his assistant GM, and Jackson is part of the coaching staff. Doug Christie works as a color commentator on the team’s broadcast and many of the other Kings from the turn of the century regularly come back to visit.

Was everything perfect during their time together? Absolutely not, but the bonds forged during their time as teammates are still strong to this day. They would push each other in practice to achieve more, but it was with the intention of making one another better.

“I always felt that for me to go at you, to go at Mike [Bibby] -- that’s the way to show your teammate love,” Christie said during the podcast. “Also, I want to know that I ain’t going into no fox hole with no punk. When we get out there, you are going to have my back.”

Chris Webber was the team’s superstar, but the rest of the squad was filled with talented players who seamlessly into coach Rick Adelman’s system. The basketball was beautiful to watch, and the players genuinely liked one other.

“We allowed each other to police each other and hold each other accountable,” Jackson said. “It wasn’t just one guy. I think we had a collected group of guys that held everyone accountable, and we didn’t feel like we were bigger than the team.”

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Players from the Kings' golden era often sit together on the sidelines before games. They have inside jokes and poke fun at one another, but they also are incredibly loyal to each other and have built lifelong friendships.

Would Jackson or Christie trade their experience for Jordan’s? Maybe, but they certainly wouldn’t want to give up the friendships they still rely on to this day.