Cincinnati Royals

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Cincinnati Royals stars, Oscar Robertson and Jerry

Lucas, pose with basketballs, September 18, 1963.

The Cincinnati Royals was a professional basketball team in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati team played in the National Basketball Association from 1957 to 1972. Before moving to Cincinnati, the team originated as the Rochester Royals, and played in Rochester, New York.

The Royals struggled during their early years in Cincinnati, posting losing records during the first four years, despite the presence of NBA all-stars Maurice Stokes, Jack Tywman and Clyde Lovelette. Beginning in the early 1960s, the team experienced more success with the additions to the roster of future hall-of-famers, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas. From 1961 through the 1965 season, the Royals posted winning records and finished second in their division twice. They posted a 55-25 record and Robertson was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1963-64 season. Although the Royals qualified for the NBA playoffs during the early 1960s, they were never able to win an NBA title in Cincinnati.

In 1966, the Royals fortunes began to decline and the team did not play above the .500 level for the next five seasons. In 1971, the franchise moved to Kansas City area and was known as the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, and later the Kansas City Kings. In 1985, the franchise move to Sacramento, California, where it remains as of this writing.

See Also


  1. Sacramento Kings 2007-2008 Media Guide.