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Thompson: 'You can see upside'

The Sports Xchange

--The Kings believe they were better than their 22-44 record. "There (have) been some bumps and bruises throughout the (season), but I think there has been progress," forward Jason Thompson said. "We've got to learn to finish out games and play all 48 minutes, but you can see upside. It's not a process you want to talk about -- you've got to be about. So that's the approach we've got to take going into October."

--The biggest news for the Kings this season was off the court, specifically the ongoing arena saga. After a board of governors meeting in Orlando during the All-Star break, the City of Sacramento and the Maloof ownership group appeared to have a deal in principle for a $387 million arena before it fell apart. George Maloof insisted there was no deal and that the Kings can get a better deal with Sacramento.

He said the Kings do not want to move but that he no longer wanted to deal with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who fired some harsh words right back.

But as the season wore down to the final days, Johnson met with the Maloofs in a clear act of goodwill to reopen arena discussion, all while the Kings insist season-ticket renewals remain strong.

"I would categorize the recent meetings as productive," Johnson said on the day of the season finale against the Lakers on April 26.

A date later, however, Johnson announced that there were "irreconcilable differences" over financing for the for the proposed downtown sports facility after two days of talks.

"We know this door is closed," the mayor said at a press conference, adding the city now will try to build an arena without the Kings as tenant.

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