Emotions run high as Sydney Kings farewell the Kingdome

End of an era: Josh Childress cuts down the nets at the Kingdome. Photo: James AlcockWildcats too strong for Kings

The lights went down. The banners of legends were lowered. The nets were cut down and a highlights reel of those immortal moments played out to the crowd, as Forever Young by Youth Group bellowed from the speakers. The time had come. The Sydney Kings were saying a final goodbye to the Kingdome.

Almost 9000 fans came out, many too young to remember when this grand arena held sold-out Kings games as the city embraced the franchise as none other.

But no more. The Kings move to Sydney Olympic Park as this chapter of Australia’s basketball history draws to a close.

The Sydney Uni Flames made sure emotions would run high, as they fell to an agonising overtime loss by a single point in the prelude to the main event. It was hearts in mouths moments as captain Katie-Rae Ezbery pushed the Flames ahead by a point, before the Townsville Fire found the basket with two seconds left.

The Kings were adamant they wouldn’t suffer the same fate, storming out of the blocks, running on emotion, adrenaline and the weight of history against the Perth Wildcats.

The Kings, bottom of the table, against top-placed Perth – it had all the ingredients of a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.

As they went into the main break 35-37 down, they needed only to look to the court as the Kings paraded their legends for one final farewell. Steve Carfino, Damian Keogh and legendary coach Bob Turner were just a few of the Kings royalty who returned for this special day.

Fatboy Slim’s anthem, Praise You, echoed through these hallowed halls as the crowd rose to their feet in appreciation of the players, coaches and staff that made this franchise great over 25 years.

But the new generation couldn’t close the Kingdome chapter with a win, as the ladder leaders broke free and crushed Sydney’s hopes with a dominant fourth quarter.

All that was then left was to say one final goodbye.

The lights dimmed and the crowd rose to applaud, as the banners of legends were finally lowered. The current Kings cut down one net, the legends the other. And then there was the highlights, watched in solemn silence as the history of this franchise, and this venue, finally sunk in to the new crop of Kings.

As Julian Khazzouh said: “This is really the end of an era.”

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