Tag:Sacramento Kings
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:08 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 11:13 pm

Angels owner questions Kings move to Anaheim

Anaheim Angels owner Arte Moreno questioned whether the Sacramento Kings should relocate to Anaheim. Posted by Ben Golliver. maloofs

There might be a new kid on the block in Southern California soon, but none of the current residents seem very excited about getting the company. 

On Saturday, we noted that Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson isn't thrilled about the prospect of the Sacramento Kings relocating to Anaheim to play at the Honda Center next season.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno questioned whether the Kings' relocation plan was a good idea.
"I look at the metropolitan area and say how many basketball, hockey, baseball, basketball and NFL teams can you have?" Moreno said Sunday before the Angels-San Diego Padres exhibition game in Angel Stadium. "We also have a couple of major universities in USC and UCLA. And Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State have terrific baseball programs.
"You're competing with them for media time and advertising dollars. How much discretionary income and advertising dollars do people have? It would be silly to tell you that everyone is overflowing with advertising dollars right now. People have to decide how to spend their money. If you add another team, that doesn't mean there's going to be more advertising dollars."
Of course, the Maloof family shouldn't expect to be welcomed to Southern California with open arms by its competition. 

The problem with Moreno's stretch on advertisers and market saturation arguments is that he's approaching this from the position of whether the Kings, who are rumored to be changing their name to the Anaheim Royals, can compete with the Lakers, Angels and Dodgers. For now, that's irrelevant. 

The real comparison is whether the Kings/Royals can do better than the Sacramento Kings, and the financial math on that one is an entirely different calculus. In this case, being the No. 3 NBA team in Southern California could very well turn out to be a more lucrative proposition than being No. 1 in Sacramento. 

Furthermore, what's to stop the Royals from being No. 2 in the relatively near future? Will it really be that hard for the Royals to surpass the Los Angeles Clippers in terms of popularity? If there's a Southern California professional sports owner who should be speaking out against the Kings relocation plans, it should be Donald Sterling. He's got the most to lose.
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:38 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 7:40 pm

Phil Jackson doesn't want the Kings in Anaheim

Posted by Royce Young

If (or when, most likely) the Sacramento Kings move to Anaheim, Phil Jackson will be retired. Supposedly. At least according to him. So you'd think he might not care too much about a third NBA team coming into an area already absorbed with the Lakers and to a much lesser degree, the Clippers.

But he doesn't see it as a good move. Not at all as he was asked by reporters before the Lakers' game Friday.

"What other metropolitan area has three teams in it?” Jackson said rhetorically to the L.A. Times. “It’s ridiculous to put another franchise in this market. It just doesn’t make sense to do that."

Hard to argue with that. Bringing the Kings to Anaheim would put them just a few miles from the Clippers and Lakers and most likely, the Kings would be battling for fans in the area. There was a little talk of moving the Hornets to Chicago when the NBA first purchased them but like this, most agreed having even a second team in that city doesn't make sense.

As it stands now, Los Angeles is the only city with two NBA teams in it. Soon New York will have two when the Nets move to Brooklyn, but three in one area is just crazy. Without Blake Griffin, the Clippers have already been dead with its fanbase, struggling to sell tickets. And with Griffin and the Clips now picking up steam, that would mean even less attention to the new team in town.

Like Phil said, stupid idea people.

Still, doesn't matter what smart people like Phil Jackson say. The Maloofs seem committed to taking their team to Anaheim and the Honda Center. It really feels like a decision they'll regret eventually though. If they want to check out of Sacramento, there are a lot of great markets to explore. Problem is, the best one (Seattle) has the same issues Sacramento does.

Arenas are a pain, aren't they?
Posted on: March 24, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 6:49 pm

Report: Plan to keep Kings in Sacto 'laughable'

Posted by Royce Young

Earlier, there was a story out with a reported new plan to keep the Kings home in Sacramento. There weren't any specifics, just the word that the money was "in place" to keep the team in California's capital city.

Except that report might not be right. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter, a source found the television report "laughable" and called the chances of the team staying "remote."

Darn. Not good.

All signs point to the Kings exiting Sacramento unless something drastic happens. The earlier report was encouraging, but with the way it sounds now, it's back to the drawing board. Money is at the heart of the issue, so if there was a way to come up with funding, it certainly would change things. But that might not be the case anymore. Which means someone else will have to step up.
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:15 pm

Tyreke Evans to return Friday?

Posted by Royce Young

The Sacramento Bee is reporting today that Evans is "probable" for Friday's game against the Pacers. Evans has missed the last 15 straight games because of plantar faciitis.

The report says that Evans is scrimmaging today for the first time since being cleared to practice last week. Kings coach Paul Westphal indicated Evans' playing time will come down to doctor advice and how Evans feels.

I'm definitely trying to resist any "See him for the last time Sacramento!" lines, but sadly, that very well could be the reality. With only a handful of home games remaining and the Anaheim move looking more and more likely, Kings fans might only get a couple more looks at Evans live and in person.

Of course the season was over for the Kings months ago as they've fallen into the basement of the West, but at least Evans gives you a good reason to watch. When healthy, he's as exciting a player there is. Without him, Marcus Thornton has been starting at shooting guard and has put up pretty nice numbers. Add Evans back to the mix and now the Kings have a pretty good scoring option off the bench to add some punch.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: March 24, 2011 10:38 am

New plan to keep Kings in Sacramento emerges?

Report states a new arena plan to keep the Kings in Sacramento has surfaced, will be brought to Kings ownership. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Fox 40 in Sacramento reports that it's no longer inevitable that the Kings move to Anaheim. A new plan has been formulated which could keep the team in Sacramento, if the Maloofs approve. Most importantly, the money is there. 
FOX40 Sports Director Jim Crandell told FOX40.com, "I know the specifics, but I cannot share the details yet, because it could jeopardize a very sensitive discussion that is about to take place." 
Crandell did confirm that the alternative plan does include a funding source, and that, "...the money is in place."
via New Plan Could be Gamechanger for Sacramento Kings and Keep Them from Becoming the Anaheim Royals - KTXL.

It would be a huge step up for civic leadership to bring anything outside the box in order to keep the team in Sacramento. So far they've been ineffective, poorly organized, and seemingly accepting of the inevitable move to Anaheim. The fact that the money is there is a huge element in this. Not having to come up with funding is a game changer for both the city and ownership. 

If the report is accurate, it's now up to the Maloofs. And in that instance, the league needs to also check in on the proposal. Why? To make sure the Maloofs act in good faith towards keeping the team in the city. The league can't afford to keep burning bridges across the country like they did in Seattle. 
Posted on: March 23, 2011 6:12 pm

Daniels to have surgery on bruised spinal cord

Posted by Royce Young

According to the Boston Globe, Marquis Daniels' agent, Mark Bartelstein, has indicated Daniels will undergo surgery on his bruised spinal cord next Wednesday. Daniels bruised his spinal cord in a scary incident that happened Feb. 6 against the Magic while he was still with the Celtics.

Daniels of course was traded by the Celtics to the Kings at the deadline. His season is over but the hope is the injury doesn't end his career. That's a big reason for the surgery. He will be a free agent this summer so successful surgery and a good comeback is definitely necessary for Daniels to land a new contract.

He's a player that definitely had value to the Celtics pre-injury, but there will be concerns for him wherever he goes next.

Posted on: March 23, 2011 10:50 am

The Anaheim situation

As the mayor discusses the "slow death" of the Kings in Sacramento, Anaheim faces budget questions about renovations to the Honda Center to facilitate a relocation.
Posted by Matt Moore

This is becoming less of a fight for fans to keep the team they love and more a funeral dirge. Tuesday night Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson posted on his website comments that sound very much like a surrender regarding the Kings' prospective relocation to Anaheim: 
It feels like a slow death.

From the start of the saga that may soon close the Kings’ era in Sacramento, I have said the community should focus on what it can control, and not worry about decisions that are out of our hands.

The decision to move a business – let’s not forget, the Kings are a business – rests with the owners. We can talk and do our best to persuade, but in the end, the choice to relocate belongs to the people who own the team.

Of course, none of this makes it any easier to watch the steady drip of what will likely be the Kings’ final weeks in Sacramento after 26 years.


Meantime, Sacramento fans take the high road.

Thanks to the fans and groups like Here We Stay, I want to keep fighting to keep the Kings. But another part of me wants this painful drama to end.
via Watching Kings prepare to leave is like slow death > kevinjohnson.com > Kevin's Blog.

Not exactly words of comfort. Even as fans organize rallies and events to try and plea to the Kings, the NBA, the Basketball Gods, someone to keep their team in Sactown, civic leadership is starting to try and prepare the fanbase for the death of the team as they know it. Johnson followed up the comments by talking about the future and the possibility of a new team. But that's too bitter a pill for the fans to consider swallowing. So instead they debate boycots and try and deal with the realities of the situation.

Meanwhile, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait spoke at a city council meeting Tuesday night and was downright giddy about the prospect of acquiring the Kings and the progress in that area. 
"The good news is that we are continuing to move closer to bringing a professional basketball team to Anaheim," Tait said. "Because there are ongoing discussions and negotiations, I have just a few details to share tonight. More information will be forthcoming in the next week or so."
via Anaheim mayor says city 'closer' to getting Kings | council, kin - News - The Orange County Register.

Perhaps the only good news for Sacramento fans is that the Anahaeim city council voted to delay discussion of bond funding for arena improvements necessary for an NBA team to relocate to the Honda Center. And there are citizens who are very upset at the prospect of throwing money at renovations for an NBA team with a budget crisis.  Sacramento fans' best hope to keep the team is for the process of aligning relocation prospects to drag on past the April 18th deadline for the Maloofs to file for relocation, keeping the team in the city for another year, and providing civic leadership yet another opportunity to resolve a new arena plan. 

But at this point, that's not seeming likely. The wheels are moving, even if the gears are grinding in places. Sacramento fans have nothing they can do but sit and watch as the team is torn out from underneath them. 

If it feels like watching a death, that's because it is. 

From the comments section at Sactown Royalty:
I will be a casual NBA fan from now on. I could never care about another team the way I've cared about this one.
via A Quick Word On Efforts To Boycott A Game - Sactown Royalty.

Welcome to David Stern's NBA paradise, where the NBA cares about its fans, as long as you live in a suitably large market. 
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:15 am
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