The Sacramento Kings continue to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the NBA world. They get no respect.
When the 2019-20 Kings schedule was released Monday at noon, it was a neatly broken into columns labeled DAY, DATE, OPPONENT, TIME and NAT'L TV. All of those columns were filled in, except the last one.
The Kings have a lone nationally televised game, set for Mar. 11 against the New Orleans Pelicans and highly touted rookie Zion Williamson on ESPN. They have seven additional NBA TV games, but those are not considered national games.
Even De'Aaron Fox appeared shocked by the news.
😂💀— De'Aaron Fox (@swipathefox) August 12, 2019
After posting a 39-43 record and finishing in ninth place in the Western Conference, the Kings do not have a single TNT game. Charlotte, Indiana, Memphis, OKC and Phoenix all have one, while Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, Orlando and Washington join the Kings on the outside looking in.
Sacramento is featured on NBA TV on Nov. 12 against the Blazers, Dec. 2 against the Bulls, Jan. 6 against the Warriors, Feb. 10 against the Bucks, Mar. 8 against the Raptors, Mar. 17 against the Mavericks and Mar. 19 against the Rockets.
On the plus side, NBC Sports California will televise all 82 games this season, so there is no need to ever search for your Kings game.