At long last, officials from Anaheim -- the likely new destination for the Kings -- broke their silence. City leaders have not talked about any plans of issuing bonds to pay for Honda Center improvements as news continues to leak that the Kings are in serious negotiations to move into that facility.
"The good news is that we are continuing to move closer to bringing a professional basketball team to Anaheim," Mayor Tom Tait said during comments at the end of the council's agenda. "Because there are ongoing discussions and negotiations, I have just a few details to share (Wednesday). More information will be forthcoming in the next week or so."
Tait insisted that no taxpayer money will be needed to bring the Kings to Orange County.
"This is something this city has been waiting 18 years for," Tait said. "I am very excited."
What adds to the curiosity is that NBA officials have indicated that certain improvements would be needed to the Honda Center to make it all the more suitable for an NBA team. The Kings could move, ironically, because they reside in the poorest building in the NBA, built on the cheap in 1988 at $44 million with 400,000 square feet while Honda Center was erected in 1993 for more than $100 million and has nearly 900,000 square feet.
Meanwhile, Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof continue to stay mum on the subject. They no longer attend home games. Sacramento Mayor -- and Sacramento native -- Kevin Johnson has expressed anger and frustration. The former NBA All-Star guard has said that he is convinced, after talking to the Maloofs, that they have "one foot and four toes out the door," and he wrote on his blog this week that the uncertainty of the Kings in the state capital makes the ordeal feel "like a slow death."
KINGS 97, BUCKS 90: Marcus Thornton scored 27 points and Beno Udrih 25 as the Sacramento backcourt dominated offensively and served a damaging blow to Milwaukee's playoff hopes in winning for the second time in three road games. The Kings recovered from a 40-point rout at Chicago behind superb defense down the stretch and four straight free throws by Udrih in the closing moments.
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