The Book

Vagrant Kings Print CoverThe best-selling story of the Sacramento Kings by the writer who was there is now in paperback.

“Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team,” which shot to the top of Amazon’s “hot new releases” sports hoops list as an e-book, can now be purchased at bookstores everywhere.

Author R.E. Graswich and I Street Press have brought “Vagrant Kings” to paperback with a trade-sized, perfect bound edition.

The Kings inspire passion like few teams. While most pro franchises need championship rings to sustain their ticket base, the Kings have been building loyalty in Sacramento for three decades despite not having won a championship since 1951, when they were the Rochester Royals.

“Vagrant Kings” tells the whole story, from the beginning in Depression-era New York to contemporary California, where the Kings finally anchored after a remarkable alliance among Commissioner David Stern, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vivek Ranadive and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

R.E. Graswich began tracking the Kings’ story in 1984. His definitive book on America’s most transient major league team is available from Amazon, through Apple’s iTunes store or through Barnes & Noble’s Nook bookstore. The nation’s best independent bookstores also carry “Vagrant Kings.”

From newspaper reporter to columnist to Special Assistant to Mayor Johnson with access to inside details, Graswich went behind the curtain to find a story the public never sees. He infuriated Bill Russell, worked strategies with Mayor Johnson and made the first phone call that put Ranadive on track to purchase the Kings. Watch and Twitter@regraswich for news about events and appearances.

R.E. Graswich