After eight seasons of relatively sub-par team play in Sacramento, you can’t help but feel happy for Francisco Garcia as the swingman is just a few games away from his Rockets clinching a spot in the NBA playoffs – his first since his rookie season of 05-06.
Garcia made his first appearance in Sacramento since the February trade that shipped him along with Thomas Robinson to Houston on Wednesday night and had nothing but kind things to say about the city, the franchise and most importantly, the fans:
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “One guy is saying this; another guy is saying that. I don’t know. I’d be sad (if the Kings leave Sacramento). It’s such a great city. They’re great fans. They’ve been supporting the team for a long time.
“It’s great. It’s a great city. I have nothing but good things to say about Sacramento. I had a great eight years there.”
Garcia was always the professional’s professional – taking younger players under his wing as he became the elder statesman of the Kings roster despite only being in his upper 20’s for the vast majority of teaching process.
Good luck in the playoffs, Cisco – we’ll be rooting for you.