Tag:Anaheim Kings
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:07 am
 

Friday 5 with KB: Going the distance

Posted by Matt Moore



In this week's edition of the Friday 5 with KB, we ask how far the Heat can go, where the Kings will be, and how the March slog will work out. All this and more in this week's Friday 5 with CBSSports.com's Ken Berger. 

1. Point blank, right now, how far do you think the Heat go in the playoffs? 

Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: A loaded question deserves a dance-and-dodge answer. First, it depends on who they play. In any round, I'd be concerned if I were the Heat playing Boston, Chicago or Atlanta. Boston obviously has their number, and the Bulls have a player capable of winning a playoff game by himself on the road -- plus, several of their core players have been through playoff series together in the past, which Miami's guys have not. For all their lack of defense and rebounding, the Knicks still impose a certain fear factor simply because of the offensive weaponry they have and because Carmelo is so good in the clutch. So in a roundabout way not to answer your question, I could see Miami getting bounced in the first round or getting to the conference finals. I don't see them going farther than that, and if I had to guess, I'd say they lose in the second round.

2. San Antonio got fairly detonated last Sunday against the Lakers. I have concerns about their defense in terms of length versus the Lakers and their ability to guard stretch fours like West, Aldridge, and Randolph. Am I nuts or is the San Antonio record not indicative of their playoff strength? 

KB: I think you've pinpointed the Spurs' weakness fairly well, but I'm not as concerned about them as you are. Having said that, I do think Z-Bo or West could give them fits in a first-round series. I just think it's a different story in a best-of-7 when Duncan will have rest between games and Pop will have time to make adjustments and figure it out. While I think it's a little insulting to say the Spurs may not be as good as their record, the reality is that the playoffs are all about matchups. And if San Antonio consistently has a bad matchup against bigger teams or floor-spacing fours, their record won't help them win that series. I don't think that's hysterical; it's just a fair observation.

3. I don't mean to alarm anyone, but the extension for the Kings to file for relocation is coming up in the next few days. How does this play out from what you know now? 

KB: Anaheim or bust is what it looks like to me. I've increasingly gotten the impression that the commissioner has run out of patience with Sacramento, and the Maloofs' posture is the definition of one foot out the door.

4. What are the teams most likely to tank from here on out? Are there any? We're not looking at a super strong draft class. 

KB: I guess you could argue that Charlotte already tanked by trading Gerald Wallace, though their plan is more geared toward using the cachet of Michael Jordan to attract a marquee free agent in 2012. Also, there's no rule that says the Bobcats have to cede the eighth spot to Indiana; the Pacers have to earn it. Imagine that: Charlotte trades its best player for two first-round picks and still makes the playoffs. It could happen. Other than that, I don't envision tanking being nearly the storyline it's been in past years. For one, it's a weak draft to begin with and could get weaker if underclassman pull out due to lockout fears. Plus, in the West, all the teams on the bubble really want to make the playoffs -- Portland, Denver, New Orleans, Memphis, Phoenix, Utah and Houston. Same in the East with New York, Philly, Indiana, Charlotte and even Milwaukee.

5. This is what I refer to as the NBA's deathmarch, trying to slog through the days post-trade deadline, pre-playoffs. Are you looking forward to the quiet or does the endless stretch of March get to you on the beat?

KB: After the excruciating Melo saga -- which for me culminated with writing the breaking story of the trade from seat 27C on my Delta flight from Los Angeles to New York on Feb. 21 -- I welcome the sanity. The Melo story was all-consuming for weeks, even months, and the deadline was busier than most people in the basketball and media business expected. On the NBA beat, this is always the time of year to take a breath and try to recharge a bit. It's also a time when I typically welcome the opportunity to focus on, you know, basketball again. But I'm energized on a couple of fronts more so than I've been in deathmarches past. I'm interested in seeing how the Knicks thing works out with Carmelo and Amar'e, and eager to see how the Perkins trade affects Boston and Oklahoma City. Also, the playoff races at the bottom are tight, which will lead to more compelling March and April games than we've had in recent years. As mentioned above, there are five teams legitimately battling for the final three spots in the East and six teams vying for the final four spots in the West. So that means I will pay even less attention to the NCAA Tournament than I normally do. As soon as I catch my breath.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:04 am
 

Kings receive extension to consider Anaheim

Sacramento Kings ask for, receive extension to consider Anaheim relocation. 
Posted by Matt Moore




The Kings have been considering relocation to Anaheim for months. They've been in discussions regarding a loan for over $100 million in the event of such a relocation to the Honda Center in Anaheim. David Stern recently acknowledged discussions between the two parties. With the deadline for relocation for next season, March 1st, rapidly approaching, the Kings are going to need a little more time.

Mark Kreidler of KHTK reports that the Kings have asked for, and been granted an extension past the deadline to consider the Anaheim relocation option. Kreidler also reports that the Maloofs have said they will not sell the team, nor will they accept the loan from Samueli. Perhaps most interestingly, Kreidler reports that the league also wants time to consider such a relocation. They are "not sold' on Orange County. 

The NBA not interested in shoving a small-market team into the greater Los Angeles area? Be still my beating small-market heart. That said, this move does nothing to stop the relocation, it simply slows it and opens the door for the Maloofs or the league to shut down the movement. Ownership is also looking to see if city officials in Sacramento blink at the talk and get moving on the new arena that nearly everyone (except possibly, voters hit hard by the economy) agrees needs to happen, or at least must happen for the Kings to stay in Sacramento. 

The best news here is that the ax on Sacramento, which has proven to be a great NBA city, has been stayed for at least another day. 
Posted on: February 20, 2011 3:14 am
 

Stern acknowledges Kings have discussed Anaheim

David Stern acknowledges talks between Anaheim and Kings
Posted by Matt Moore

In his comments to the press Saturday night before the All-Star activities, commisioner David Stern acknowledged that the Kings are in discussions with Anaheim officials to relocate the team. The comments from Stern confirmed an earlier report from KFBK in Sacramento that Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli had offered a $100 million loan for the Maloof in exchange for the Kings' relocation. At the time, the interest was thought to be primarily from Samueli.

But ESPN later reported Saturday night that the Maloofs are "seriously considering" applying for relocation on March 1st. That, in essence, would be the ballgame. 

The city of Sacramento has failed in about ten different ways to approve funding for a new arena to replace Arco Arena, which is considered more of a tomb than an arena at this point. It's a struggling economy in a small market, and mayor Kevin Johnson is at his wits' end trying to come up with a solution to keep the Kings in Sactown. If the Maloofs decide to file for relocation in eight days, it's over. No more initiatives, no more discussions. The NBA owners will approve, the Kings will take the money and run.

This is a huge moment for the league in terms of its future in market relations. Big name players are abandoning their teams for brighter lights and bigger payrolls.  Small market teams are bleeding money.  Revenue sharing is the key debate in the union-owners talks. And Sacramento, home to one fo the most passionate fanbases in the NBA, may lose its team. If something isn't done, soon, the league's not going to have any small markets left. 

 
 
 
 
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