The Kings’ season-opening pre-game celebration of staying in Sacramento was great (Video)

Given everything that had transpired on the path to a new beginning for the Sacramento Kings, you kind of figured that the team and its fans would have something of an emotional opening to the 2013-14 season on Wednesday night. But what new owner Vivek Ranadivé and company put together to introduce the new season went — to me, at least — above and beyond the call of duty in matching the cathartic, celebratory tone of the times in Northern California.

Check it out:

I'll be honest: I got chills at the reaction to Ranadivé saying "your team." What a cool moment for a fan-base and region that 100 percent deserves it.

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All that and a win over the Denver Nuggets in the super-cool commercial-free broadcast that saw Mayor Kevin Johnson hilariously give NBA Commissioner David Stern a hard hat? Pretty perfect start to the year, Sacramento. Savor it.

Video via SB Nation's Mike Prada.

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Dan Devine

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