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February 10, 2009
Opening tip: Why do you still go to Kings games?

Kings (11-41) at Mavericks (30-20)

Scoring: Kings 13th (99.4), Mavericks 11th (100.7).
Shooting: Kings 24th (44.5 percent), Mavericks 10th (45.8).
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (109), Mavericks 15th (99.7).
Shooting defense: Kings 30th (48.3 percent), Mavericks tied for eighth (45.1).
Rebound differential: Kings 29th (minus-4.8), Mavericks 12th (plus-0.9).

The links: Mavericks coverage in the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The almanac: On this date in 1949, Joe Fulks of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 63 points, a scoring record that would last nearly a decade. On this date in 1952, the Baltimore Bullets played a full 48-minute game without a substitution. On this date in 1998, Lenny Wilkens of the Hawks recorded his 1,100th coaching victory.


Seriously. No sarcasm in the headline question, no what-could-you-possibly-be-thinking? mocking.

Straight and to the point. I'm genuinely curious, as we approach the All-Star break in what can only be described as a miserable season in Sacramento, why those of you going to Arco Arena still go.

The economy is in crisis. The team isn't just bad, it's bad and apathetic. The operation has been mishandled from the very top to the players who occasionally deign to give full effort. In that light, the woeful average attendance of 12,405 per home game, although last in the league, may be better than the Kings have a right to expect.

So: Why do you go?

*Bought the tickets a long time ago, when there was still reason to be enthusiastic.

*Season tickets.

*Group outing with a business or club.

*Lost a bet. (OK, one bit of sarcasm.)

*Tickets were given to you by someone who couldn't/didn't want to use them.

*The opponent.

*Lack of options in Sacramento for a social activity.

*The chance to meet a cheerleader in the Boys Night Out promotion.

*More determined to be a loyal fan to offset the thousands of fleeing customers.

*Hanging on through the tough times to maintain a season-ticket location when/if things get good again.

There's no actual poll. Just a curiosity. Money's historically tight -- why are the Kings still getting some of yours?

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