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Mayor Johnson tries to keep Kings in Sacramento

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will now plead his case to the NBA Board of Governors as he tries everything within his power to keep the Kings from moving to Anaheim, which seems pretty much like a lock now.

A Sacramento native and a former NBA All-Star guard, Johnson admits to this being "a nightmare," with the Kings likely move happening under his watch. He will address the NBA owners in New York on April 14, four days before Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are expected to formally ask to relocate.

What concerns Mayor Johnson is that past NBA relocation requests have been approved overwhelmingly by NBA owners.

"The opportunity to speak straight to the NBA is a huge step for our community," the mayor wrote on his blog Thursday. "It puts our destiny exactly where it belongs: back in our hands."

Johnson said he is planning on bringing "a contingent of Sacramentans with me who can speak to the seriousness of our efforts to build a new arena and support a team."

In the meantime, there is a grass-roots effort in Sacramento to raise funds for a new arena, or at least an effort to show fans still care.

The "Here We Build" campaign of fans has come up with pledges of more than $250,000 in a matter of days.

NUGGETS 99, KINGS 90: Francisco Garcia scored 17 points, Tyreke Evans 13 and Beno Udrih, Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton 11 each for the cold-shooting Kings, who slumped to an NBA-worst 10-28 at home. The Kings cut it to 86-78 with 7:56 left to play but scored just six points the rest of the way. Sacramento made just 40 percent of its shots, had 16 turnovers and made 2 of 21 three-point shots.

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