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Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:39 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 9:12 pm
The NBA reportedly expects the Sacramento Kings to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-2012 NBA season rather than relocate to Anaheim. Postedmaloofsby Ben Golliver with reporting from Ken Berger.

After months of discussion about the likely relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim, the tables have apparently turned. 

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the Kings are now "expected" to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-2012 NBA season, citing NBA officials.
NBA officials now expect the Kings to play next season in Sacramento, league executives told The Times on Friday.
Whether the team, which was about to seek permission to move to Honda Center in Anaheim, stays in Sacramento beyond next season remains to be decided.
Fan efforts in Sacramento to keep the Kings have been ongoing for months. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, the former NBA point guard, has also been instrumental in presenting the city's case for keeping the team, appealing to the NBA's Boad of Governors to reconsider the merits of the Kings' relocation proposal. 

NBA commissioner David Stern says that Johnson's presentation provided significant new information, and the Times writes that it was essentially a game-changer.
"Mayor Johnson made certain representations about community support that he had secured," Stern said.
The NBA officials agree that if the Kings live up to all of their pledges, the team is expected to stay in Sacramento long-term.
When Johnson presented his lavish package with the Is dotted, the Ts crossed, the timetable specific and the funding package appearing to be credible, everything changed.
The Maloof family, which owns the Kings, has until May 2 to present its case for relocation, a date that exists after two extensions were already granted by the league. They could still pursue the relocation option, but it's possible the NBA's Relocation Committee wouldn't approve their proposal. 

Three sources told's Ken Berger Friday night that NBA officials, led by Thunder owner Clay Bennett, have not informed the Kings or the city of Sacramento of any final decision on assertions made by Mayor Kevin Johnson to the Board of Governors about the city's renewed push to keep the Kings. Berger notes in an email:
One of the sources said a key component missing from plan, which includes additional sponsorships and a push for a new arena, is financing.
"Where is the financing?" one source said. "Where is the money?"
League officials are expected to convene with city officials Monday to complete the fact-finding mission. One of the sources told said all signs point to a positive referendum on Sacramento's efforts to keep the team, but added, "It's not there yet."
The Maloofs, clearly frustrated with the 11th-hour effort after 13 years of unsuccessful attempts to get similar commitments from the city, have not yet made a decision on whether to apply for relocation to Anaheim by the extended May 2 deadline.
"We're anxious to look at what Kevin Johnson has been able to accomplish since he made a lot of assertions about the Sacramento market," co-owner Joe Maloof told "After the NBA does its due diligence, we'll evaluate it and go forward. But we have not made any decision one way or another."
The Sacramento Bee reported Friday that Joe Maloof denied the L.A. Times report, saying that nothing has been decided yet. "That is not what we are saying," Maloof told the paper. "We haven't said what we are going to say. We'll let you know when we know."

The Associated Press quoted Gavin's brother Joe with the same "no decision yet" message on Friday.
Maloof told The Associated Press on Friday that no decision has been made and he's "as anxious as anybody" to find out if Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson can deliver on his promise for more sponsorship support and finally finance a plan for a new arena.
"I don't know that Kevin Johnson's meeting in New York swayed the NBA one way or another, but I think that the NBA next week is going to go into Sacramento to verify a lot of the promises Kevin Johnson made to the board," Maloof said. "There were various sponsorship promises and a promise to show the board, once and for all, how a new arena not only will be planned, but financed." also reported the decision has not yet been made but noted that things are looking "very good" for Sacramento.
After speaking to several highly-involved sources, I would say that it's still looking very good for Sacto but no decision yet. Maloofs are still considering Anaheim, according to sources. NBA's further investigation into mayor Kevin Johnson's claims next week.It's telling, however, that there is no current plan to analyze Anaheim situation further on part of the NBA.
Will they be the Sacramento Kings or the Anaheim Royals next season? That remains to be seen. But all the logistics involved in executing a relocation means the clock is ticking for Anaheim. Any delay or hiccup from here on out favors Sacramento.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 4:27 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

When the Kings were on top of the league early in the 2000's they had some of the best fans around and now that they aren't so good the Maloofs are claiming that they are not making enough money to keep the team from going under and would like to move the team preferably to Anaheim.  It's nice to see that the city and it's fans are trying to keep the team in Sacramento but the NBA lost a total of $600 million dollars in the last two years.  We need to remember that the NBA is a business and its main purpose is to make money.  If the people want to keep their team they need to show support by showing up to games even in the bad times. VikingAnswer thinks that the league is just a bunch of tatted up hoodlums and has beens and he is only partly right.  There are so many top tier players who are not even thirty yet.  Rose of the Bulls who is considered by most to have a great shot at league MVP is only 22, tats and all!  Then we have Howard, LeBron,Bosh,D-Wade,Westbrook, Durant, I could go on but it would be a long list. A lot of people only see the bad side of the NBA and not all the good that most of the players do through community service and charities that touch and help so many lives. No matter what there will always be undesirables in any sports league and its short minded to see only the bad and not the good that players,teams and owners do for their community.  One last thing, ESPN is one of the best channels on t.v., to think otherwise is just crazy!

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:04 pm

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

I MEANT "worlds WORST sports channel, ESPN......

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:03 pm

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

TRUST ME SACRAMENTO!!  Dont wish for them to stay.  We wanted the T-WOLVES to stay badly.  We got it.  Now we just want them to go away.  NBA is a nothing-league of hoodlums and has-beens and TATs.  UNWATCHABLE.  You will be better off with Arena Football, Minor League Hockey, or an annual PBA event.  Its even worse when the worlds sports channel, ESPN, forces us to watch it.  Some day someone will figure out that no one is watching your game, your commercials, etc.  College BB is where you watch a great game. 

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:20 pm

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

I'd love to get excited about this but until we see where the money is coming from for a new arena I'm afraid this is nothing more than a stay of execution.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:53 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

I don't care what the KJ does or what proposal he comes up with.  He's a very intelligent mayor; no argument there.  But I think everyone is being influenced by this ability to use powerpoint and his account at Kinkos while having a great "presentation" when the real question hasn't been answered.  WHERE IS THE MONEY TO BUILD A SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX IN DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO GOING TO COME FROM?  KJ has found a way to "wow" the board of govenors with promises, but where were these so called "sources" 2 years ago.  Mayor Fargo (former Mayor) hated sports; no secret there, and KJ inherited a mess when he got in office but I think the NBA likes the idea of the Kings staying in Sac but financially it just can't be done. 

Think about folks.  If KJs proposal was so excellent and rock solid then why in the world did he have to fly all the way to NY to present it when he had complete access to the Maloofs for the last 18 months?  The Maloofs aren't rejecting the Kings fans, Mayor Johnson, or the Central Valley.  It has nothing to do with leaving NorCal for SoCal, it's about owners of a multi-million dollar franchise sick and tired of dealing with a city government full of red tape coupled with a financial infrastructure that can't support a big project like an arena.  The Maloof's have been trying to do get this done for the past 11 years.  Sacramento couldn't even get on board to build a freakin' AAA baseball stadium in the city limits because of funding and approval from the city government and that was not too long ago.  The same money, or lack thereof, is still the same in Sac now as it was then, so where does Mayor KJ think he can get $400 million, 18,000 seat arena with luxury suites when the city couldn't even fund a 5,000 seat outdoor stadium?

I'm a Laker fan who enjoy my 2 Laker games a year when they go to Sac so I'll hate to see the Kings leave.  I hope I'm wrong on this and I hope the Kings stay.  To many sad faces around here as it is. 

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:42 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

"Unfortunately, Mrs. M is a royal pain that has not allowed any of her boys to walk the aisle."

I think it's kinda cool to see Momma Maloof watching out for her two little boys if this true. About the Kings, I just don't see them making a turnaround to be able to stay in Sacremento. If Kevin Johnson comes out of retirement to play it might help. But I just don't see them being able to make enough money to be able to stay.

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 4:57 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

WesCoastBias, pause, take a deep breath, and ponder the VAST differences between Sacto
wn's mayor KJ's actions compared to what Seattle's mayor Greg Nickels did for the NBA fans of Seattle. Huge differences, eh? Seattle's mayor allowed the Sonics/Thunder to buy their way out of the lease with the City of Seattle, an action he did NOT have to take under ANY circumstances. Nickels, in essence, did nothing to stop the move and was only after the buyout-lease cash even at the expense of squashing NBA fans in Seattle just to pacify the greenies and do-gooders who want to spend money on education and other things instead, which is fine, but that's the price of democracy, isn't it? Someone elected that hack into office, and it wasn't anyone in Oklahoma. Without the actions of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, the Sonics would still exist today. Lay off the blame of OKC Thunder owner Clay Bennett and at least blame the right people for why Seattle no longer has an NBA team. Without Seattle resident, Starbucks CEO, former Sonics majority owner Howard Schultz selling the team to Bennett, and without the actions of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, the Sonics would still be in existance. Spew your hate at the entire cast of characters if you are going to spew hate.   

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 2:25 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

Good for Sacramento if the Kings stay. As a Cleveland Cavs/Indians/Browns fan I have a bitter attitude about fat cat team owners taking teams out of small markets for their own vain glorious aspirations. Who needs another team in LA anyway??

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 2:12 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

It's getting harder and harder to remember that the Kings were actually quite good for a few years...Pretty soon that will be completely forgotten (kind of like the Mavericks being the worst team in the league for about a decade before Dirk).  Sacramento is a decent basketball town...stay there.  The Clippers should come to Orange County (especially now that they are decent).  The Hornets should move to Seattle and voila, everything is just fine.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:58 am


...and I still don't think Stern will EVER allow the Sac area to win a Championship as long as NBA referees and NBA brass are hypnotized by the big dollar markets like LA, New York, etc.....

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