The Sacramento Kingshaven haven’t won an NBA championship since 1951, when they were called the Rochester Royals, but have won Harrison Barnes kind of earned a ring last week.
The Kings introduced a new bell at their practice facility to reward players for contributions that may not appear on the stat sheet.
Barnes earned the first ring after taking on a tackle in practice. Unfortunately, the bell broke shortly thereafter, but was quickly replaced.
“We want to reward players and bring recognition to the guys who do good things for the team,” Kings assistant coach Jay Triano said while being interviewed by head coach Mike Brown.
“I know Sacramento and bells have a history. [We’re] trying to get the bell back to Sacramento,” Triano added.
Sacramento’s bell culture began in 2002 after former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson called Sacramento an “old cow town.” Fans responded by bringing cowbells to home games during the 2002 Western Conference Finals series.
More recently, the Kingsfurther adopted the term in 2016 when Golden 1 Center, their new arena, opened. It features a 3-foot cowbell in a hall between the dressing room and the court.