Team Names in the NBA—How They Got That Way

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and his teammates wore their throwback Rochester Royals uniforms on March 24. The Sacramento Kings were formerly the Rochester Royals, the Cincinnati Royals,  and then Kansas City Kings before moving to Sacrament in 1985. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and his teammates wore their throwback Rochester Royals uniforms on March 24. The Sacramento Kings were formerly the Rochester Royals, the Cincinnati Royals, and then Kansas City Kings before moving to Sacrament in 1985. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

With the NBA playoffs in full swing, the names of teams are there for all to see and read and talk about. How they got...

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  • Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) stands ready in the second half of Game 4 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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  • Dominique Wilkins, left, of the University of Georgia and Terry Cummings, right, of the DePaul University, join National Basketball Association Commissioner Larry O'Brien Tuesday, June 29, 1982 in New York after they were chosen in the NBA Draft. Wilkins, the third pick overall, went to the Utah Jazz and Cummings, the second pick in the first round of the draft, will go to the San Diego Clippers. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

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