For the second time in three years, the Sacramento Kings will host their regular-season finale with the franchise’s future uncertain. Hours before the Kings tipoff against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, NBA owners will gather in a New York boardroom to begin deliberating where the team will be located next season.
KING 5’s Chris Daniels reports NBA Commissioner David Stern has been quietly maneuvering behind the scenes to propel a Sacramento counter bid to Seattle’s offer to the Sacramento King’s owners.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has announced a new investor to help fill the role vacated by billionaire Ron Burkle in the city’s bid to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
Hansen’s two-week pledge drive for season ticket buyers topped 44,000, one last gesture before he meets with NBA committees Wednesday to relocate the Kings to Seattle.
Hours before Sacramento officials made their case to the NBA to keep the Kings in town, a citizens’ group filed a “notice of intent” to sue the city to block the proposed downtown arena, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The moment will be seared into the minds of long-suffering Sacramento Kings fans forever. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof standing together at center court, holding hands and raising their arms in triumph after both sides agreed to an arena financing plan to keep the NBA team in town for at least another 30 years.
Relocation discussions seem to be more prevalent among players and journalists in post-game interviews following Sacramento Kings games. On Sunday, NBA star Kobe Bryant offered his opinion on the Kings’ possible move to Sacramento.
Seattle was a sexy, loyal partner for better than 40 years until bachelor NBA strayed with a younger, new trophy wife named Oklahoma City. Now, back in the basketball dating game, Seattle has become desirable again, thanks to rich uncles Chris Hansen and Steve Balmer.
With the clock clicking down, Sacramento city officials took their last shot at keeping the NBA Kings in California’s capital by approving a public-private deal to build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center downtown.
Sacramento Kings fans came out in full force Sunday with a surge of excitement on the heels of the mayor’s big announcement of a new arena deal.
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