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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  43 responses

Chris Webber Trying to Keep the Kings in Sacramento


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Last night on TNT, Chris Webber — who’s really, really good at the TV thing, by the way — made an impassioned plea for the Sacramento Kings not to leave Sac Town. He also revealed that he’s doing everything he can to keep the team there.

Webber is part of a group working to see if they can convince the Maloofs to not uproot the franchise, with Chris playing the role of a facilitator. It’s likely a longshot, but the effort is serious.

The Sac Bee reports:

Though Webber refused to be specific on-air about the extent of his commitment, after making a few late-night phone calls, I reached original Sacramento Kings executive vice-president Greg Van Dusen, who offered a few specifics. According to Van Dusen, Webber is willing to facilitate a deal – headed by Roger Stewart of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to “restructure” the city’s $77 million loan to the club. Van Dusen, who is working with Arco I and II architect Rann Haight.

“We’ve been working on this for about three months,” said Van Dusen. “The idea is to relieve some of the financial pressure on the Maloofs and the ownership group. Roger had a very positive conversation today (Tuesday) with Chris, who isn’t only interested in helping, he wants to lead the effort to keep the Kings here. He loves Sacramento and thinks this is where the Kings belong.”

Although I was unable to reach Webber at his home in Atlanta late Tuesday night, I am aware that he has made overtures about buying into the Maloofs’ majority ownership, but has been rebuffed.

It’s hard to tell if anything will come from Webber and company’s efforts; what is undoubtable is the Maloof family’s desire to take the team to Anaheim.

You can expect things to get quite emotional tonight, as the Kings will play their last home game, maybe ever, in Sacramento.

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  • dsleepy

    feel for kings fans. much props to cwebb for trying to step up. esp. about attempting to buy into the majority ownership of the team. i wasn’t aware the webber had THAT kind of money but the fact that he’s willing says a lot about his love for the team and the city

  • majic

    God bless CWEbb. There will be tears tomorrow, it hurts like hell to lose the team

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    He should just try to call a timeout…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    …on this whole situation

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    That was low, Wayno.

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

    The Maloofs already rejected Sacramento’s plan. Too little, too late.

  • burnt_chicken

    Maloofs: putting the ‘mighty’ back in ‘ducks’ since oh-11.

  • el_larsen

    classy cwebb!!
    feel sad for the kings and the city of sacramento

  • el_larsen

    seattle ,sacto…who’s next?
    loud fans don’t help apparently

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    They arent gone yet.My gut says they will stay..this is all just strong arm blackmailing to get the city of Sac to get their heads out of their asses and get an arena done.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Why don’t they just become the Cincinnati Royals again?

  • dma

    i wonder if any michigan alumni will be helping out

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

    They are good as gone. Welcome, Anaheim Royals.

  • al

    @ wayno, yr a duesce….take a time out and think about it.

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    C-Webb is the man… and the best analyst on TV.

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    This has to be rough for those fans, if the Knicks everleft MSG I’d have a nervous breakdown! C-Webb is like the polar opposite of Clyde Frazier in terms of analysis. If I hear “Swishing and dishing” one more time from Clyde’s mouth…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Politics cost Sacramento the Kings.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    wayno you’re the worst.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Being from Seattle I can totally relate to what Kings fans are going through. Keep yur heads up Sac fans.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    i actually LOL’d at wayno. “…at this situation” hahaha

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    im sorry, “on this whole situation”* hahah

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    C Webb is definitely a dope analyst.
    But my opinion on him kinda changed after that Fab Five doc.
    The whole Jalen explained it made it seem like Webb’s a little on the fugazi side.
    He’s still my favorite TV dude though.
    For me, Kevin McHale and C Webb > Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Aw come on y’all, he’s one of my favorite players, I’m just playin. Cool down.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ Speedy

    The only way to stand this sh## is like wayno does.
    Take it with humour.

  • Cool Dude

    Barkley also mentioned something about putting in 10-15 mil on the ownership thing if Chirs needed additional help.

  • BluntZ&40Z

    @Cool Dude, Isn’t Barkley still paying off gambling debts?

  • Snyper 48

    Wayno,Wayno,Wayno…low,low,low, but funny still

  • http://keepthekings judi

    Finally, Kings fans are stepping up. Grant and Aileen have been educating us about what has been done in other cities. Chris will have ALOT of others players support his efforts. Prior Kings team members will contribute as well. Oh my…a player and fan owned team? Thanks Chris.

  • Asilva

    This is just another reason why Chris Webber is the MAN!!! I’ve been a fan of the Kings since they came to Sacramento. I really hope the Magoffs listen to Webber and keep them here!

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

    It’s pretty idiotic to move the Kings to a city that already has 2 teams… But it’s also pretty idiotic that the city of Sacremento pitched in $77 million for a basketball team. Better schools? Who needs that? All is well when you’ve got basketball…

  • Eddie

    Nrets Divad

  • JD

    respect to cwebb

  • http://HOTMAIL.COM STEVIE GEE

    LOYALTY IS ROYALTY!!! KINGS BELONG IN SACRAMENTO!C WEBB THANKS FOR SPEAKING UP!

  • JoeMaMa

    @Teddy: If Sacramento pitches in 77 mil, it’ll be, by and large, a business decision. Employment, taxation, secondary revenue, etc. I think keeping the team there, for sentimental reasons, isn’t really playing a role. A good return on investment will convince the city to keep the Kings, but from the looks of things, they’re not getting that.

  • http://yahoo.com rudy

    Mayor Chris Webber

  • Jones

    The Glove tried for Seattle and look what happened to our team, it’s gone.

  • http://jojo.com Max

    CWebb for president?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Max – Thats Kevin Johnsons!?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Cwebb make it happen!!

  • Cathy

    Maybe if we can’t save the Kings we could pull enough support and real money to say maybe move the Clippers to Sacramento

  • majic

    Anaheim Royals your all class mate. Dead set. Enjoy the Royalty, the dynasty died and forever will remain in Sacto

  • S_kemp

    One of the greats. loved watching that guy play. If he can pull this off it’d be awesome for Sacramento.Man I just got distracted thinkin bout Tyra……..Tyra….

  • chichi

    My hat goes off to CWebber. He really cares about Sac Kings. When he left, I thought he had something to do with it. Then his resturant/club close down. I thought he must really hate Sac. But now I know, its all politics. Much love to you #4ver, Webber.

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