The Sacramento Kings are a Sacramento, California, United States based professional basketball team. The Kings are also the members of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The franchise supposed to become the Sacramento Kings initially started in the city of Rochester, New York, as the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League.
At the end of World War II, the United States was lacking a major professional basketball league. The National Basketball League decided to fill that empty space by stepping up from a regional semi-pro league into the nation's premier professional basketball loop. One of the top professional teams in United States was the Rochester Pros, a team run by Lester Harrison known to be an independent barnstorming team. Rochester Pros were invited to join the NBL for the 1945–46 seasons. The favorite team, which had long been known as the Seagrams before briefly adopting the name "Pros", also held a name-the-team contest. Richard Paeth was the winner for his entry, the "Royals, he was a 15-year old."
The team had almost immediate success as per their previous history. The team was founded in the year 1945 by owner/coach/general manager Les Harrison (Hall of Famer) and his brother and co-owner/business manager Jack Harrison. The team won their first NBL championship in 1945–46. Bob Davies, Al Cervi, George Glamack, and Otto Graham were leading the team at this time.