With owners facing a difficult choice between a move to Seattle or the team staying put in Sacramento, NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday the expected vote in two weeks may be delayed.
The group trying to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle has completed its pitch to NBA owners, and that’s the one the Kings owners want to deal with in the future.
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.
The effort to keep the Sacramento Kings from moving to Seattle got a boost from a Silicon Valley software tycoon who stepped forward as lead investor.
According to CBS Sacramento, the Sacramento Kings minority owner John Kehriotis is quietly working on his own bid to buy the Maloofs’ majority shares and build a new arena in a northwest suburb in Sacramento.