Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  9 responses

Things Getting Testy Between Kings and Sacramento

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Not too shockingly, a bit of nastiness and political gamesmanship is taking place between the Sacramento Kings and the city they currently call home.

Sacramento politicians may be resigned to the hoops team moving to Anaheim, but they don’t want them to bolt town until they’ve repaid a city-backed $77 million loan.

That’s a lot of scratch, and it’s got both sides feeling rather ornery.

With a thinly-veiled threat to get lawyers and judges involved, the city of Sacramento wrote a letter to Anaheim officials, asking them to stop negotiating with the Maloofs to move the team.

The Sac Bee reports:

City officials, hinting they might go to court, called on the city of Anaheim to stop negotiating a deal to bring the Kings to Orange County. In a terse letter Monday to Anaheim officials, Assistant City Manager John Dangberg said Anaheim was ignoring the “blighting impacts” that luring the Kings from Sacramento would have on the capital city. The move would cause “irreparable harm,” the letter said.

If, however, Anaheim “insists on continuing the negotiations,” the letter said, that city must require the team to honor its debt to Sacramento.

Naturally, Kings ownership was less than pleased with the tactic, and said they’ll pay off all debts prior to moving: “It is interfering with our business,” co-owner George Maloof said. “We’re going to take every measure possible to protect ourselves. We have no intention of leaving that town without paying our debt. For someone to imply that we are not going to pay our debts, it’s wrong, it’s ridiculous.”

There’s no telling how this will eventually play out, but one gets the feeling that the relationship between Sacramento and its pro basketball team will not end on amicable terms.

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  • http://www.anaheimroyalty.com Anaheim Royals

    It was a low blow on both sides. I don’t think this relationship will be repaired anytime soon.

  • max

    the move to orange county makes no sense whatsoever..the kings want to move? move to seattle, a city that would die for an nba team

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Ha! I had to read that 7 times in a row.. ‘Wait, Sacramento ARE the Kings!’… Damn.

  • omri_themummy

    Anaheim Royalty.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Ha Ha Ha.. They said TESTY…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    What’s wrong with that? The Kings DO owe the city of Sacremento if it was a loan.. The “Royals” have no reason to be offended.

  • Showtime Era

    @ Max I hate to break it you but you need to wake up and smell Starbucks or Seattle’s best coffee.Seattle won’t be getting a NBA team anytime soon through another city’s team moving there or David Stern giving you guys a a new expansion team until your city officials like Sacramento’s get their crap together and get a new arena’s built in those cities. Yeah I’ve seen the documentary and know all about how Clay Bennett and David Stern did your city dirty and I can only imagine how hard hard it is to see the Thunder now being a up and coming team that will be a title contender for the next 5 years. But that’s just how the NBA’s business side works and I’m not saying it’s right or I agree with it but that’s just the reality of it.

  • Showtime Era

    I’ve been following this situation since the David Stern addressed this at the all star break and really the people to blame for this happening are Sacramento’s city officials. The Maloof brother for close to a decade have done all kinds of studies and several plans and votes to get a new arena built in downtown Sacramento and the city officials and voters have rejected a new arena getting built. Sacramento which is California state capitol is being affected and facing one the highest unemployment rates throughout the states cities and other issues. That’s the main reason why the city official’s really don’t care if the Kings leave even it sets the city back and makes the city even more irrelevant.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Things got teste between Reggie Evans and Chris Kaman.