by Jonathan Santiago / @itsJONsantiago

In a press conference yesterday, three-time NBA All-Star turned Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson spoke for about 20 minutes, addressing the recent buzz about a possible move to Anaheim for the Kings.

“There are more than rumors going on in an Anaheim I believe,” Johnson said. “And I know as a city, we can (only) control what we can control. And if for some reason they (the Maloofs) decide that they don’t want to be in Sacramento, that’s a choice that they’ll have to make.”

KJ emphasized the importance of action, as demonstrated by fan-driven grass roots campaigns such as Here We Stay or Sacramento Deflated to drum up support for the Kings to remain in California’s capital city.

“That’s the best of Sacramento,” Johnson said of the efforts. “We used to have the best fans in the NBA. And that’s the kind of commitment and energy we need right now.”

Meeting with Seattle officials regarding the Sonics move to Oklahoma City and what it meant to have a professional basketball team in Sacramento during his playing days were also addressed. You can listen to those excerpts and more from Johnson’s press conference here.

Press conference material courtesy of KFBK Radio in Sacramento.