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Kansas City was once the home of an NBA franchise, before it became the Sacramento Kings.
From 1973 through 1985, the Kings were known as the Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1973 through 1975, then the Kansas City Kings from 1976 through 1985.
Now, according to a report by NBA scout Jarrett Sutton, the NBA is eyeing a possible return to Kansas City.
NBA Executive: “Jarrett, going to be real honest with you, Kansas City will get an NBA team at some point. It’s a real thing I’ve heard from multiple sources. Just a matter of time. Seattle and KC to me are most valuable markets for league expansion when it makes sense.”
— Jarrett Sutton (@JarrettTSutton) May 18, 2018
The Kings moved to Sacramento for the start of the 1986 season. The franchise actually got its start in 1949 as the Rochester Royals, who played there through 1957, before becoming the Cincinnati Royals in 1958, remaining there through 1972 before moving to Kansas City in 1976.
The 1950-51 Rochester Royals — coached by Les Harrison and led by Arnie Risen (16.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per game), Bob Davies (15.2 ppg.), Jack Coleman (11.4 ppg.) and Bobby Wanzer (10.8 ppg.) — won the NBA championship, defeating the New York Knicks in the Finals, 4-3.