The Latest in Sacramento Kings Relocation Rumors: Anaheim?
Joe Maloof, co-owner of the team says it’s nothing but rumor-mongering (but admits that he’s keeping all options open), and continues to push hard for a new arena in Sacramento. The Bee has the quotes: “Responding to a column in Monday’s Orange County Register suggesting that the Maloofs are entertaining offers to relocate the franchise to Anaheim because of the region’s inability to provide a modern entertainment complex to house the Kings, co-owner Joe Maloof said: ‘We are looking at all options to ensure the long term viability of this franchise. We’re looking at all our options. Of course you’re going to look at your options! We’re businessmen. We’ve been at this for 10 years without any (arena) success.’ In a calmer voice, the most emotional of the Maloofs acknowledged that he ‘receives calls every day’ from representatives in other cities and insisted ‘nothing has changed.’ ‘There is a sense of urgency because we’ve been at this for so long,’ he said from his cell phone. ‘We can’t sugarcoat it. Everybody knows the region needs a new arena. When the NCAA (Tournament) is refusing to schedule events in Sac, you have to acknowledge that you need an entertainment venue. I can’t give you a time table, but at some point, something has to get done. (Sacramento) mayor Kevin Johnson is working with four different groups, looking at four plans, and we’re hoping something comes out of this. We want to be right here in Sacramento. We’ve always said that. It’s been what? Eleven years? Rumors, rumors, rumors. I get tired of answering all these questions. Can’t we just talk about how much better DeMarcus Cousins is getting?’”