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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:58 pm  |  27 responses

Kings Expected to Stay in Sacramento

by Jonathan Santiago / @itsJONsantiago

Here they stay?

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“NBA officials now expect the Kings to play next season in Sacramento, league executives told The Times on Friday. Whether the team, which was about to seek permission to move to Honda Center in Anaheim, stays in Sacramento beyond next season remains to be decided.”

Tony Bizjak of the Sac Bee reached Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof and tweeted the following comment: “Not what we (are) saying. We haven’t said. Will let you know when we know.”

Brother Joe reflected a similar sentiment when reached for comment:

Maloof told The Associated Press that no decision has been made and he’s “as anxious as anybody” to find out if Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson can deliver on his promises for more sponsorship support and finally finance a plan for a new arena.

“There’s been no decision made,” Maloof said. “As far as we’re concerned, we’re still looking at our options.”

Following the LA Times report, the Kings released this official statement:

“We await the results of the fact-finding visit that the NBA made to Sacramento the past two days. We have not made a decision with regards to relocation filing, and will not make that decision until we have more information from the NBA.”

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Mayor Kevin Johnson said he has not yet heard from either Commissioner David Stern or Relocation Committee Chairman Clay Bennett.  Though most indications seem to be in Sacramento’s favor, the former NBA point guard believes it would be premature to declare victory just yet.

“It would be great if that was the outcome. But I surely, from an emotional standpoint, do not want our community to go through this emotional high and start celebrating something that hasn’t been decided yet.”

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  • TheBarberShop

    They should move to Seattle and give those people the Sonics back. Kings franchise wouldn’t be missed anyway.

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

    Maloofs are still expected to file according to OC Register.

  • majic

    Things are looking on the upside for Sacto. Ohhhhhh yeah

  • majic

    THANK YOU DR BUSS

    Speaking on Los Angeles radio, a minority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers confirmed the team’s lead owner, Jerry Buss, has been actively opposing a Kings’ move.

    “Dr. Buss has led the charge on this,” said Tim Lieweke, president of AEG, the company that runs the Staples Center arena in Los Angeles. “We are on the same page as doc.”

  • http://slamonline.com BigBlockMopar+Basketball

    I agree with the top comment!

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    Barbershop and black mopar are ignorant fools if you think the kings franchise wont be missed. The people of Sacramento sold out 19 of 26 seasons, only making the playoffs ten times in that span. The fans in Sac ar hands down the most loyal in the league. The Kings revolutionized how the game is played in the early 2000′s and are/were considered a “model franchise” by David Stern. They are set to make an OKC type jump next season and if that happened anywhere but Sac the whole Central Valley in CA would be utterly devastated and borderline suicidal.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    Preach Walt! The Kings franchise is historically significant and the fans deserve to keep the team there. Go KINGS

  • majic

    shout out to both of you guys, it would be devestating for the area to lose the kings. Were on the cusp of starting a push up the western conference like we did at the turn of the millenium. The whole area bleeds purple and black. You only have to look at the community involvement since the news broke at the all star break to see that the fans are giving their all to keep our team in sac.

  • ber

    If you’ve ever been to Sac, you would know that the Kings part of the fiber of the city. Without them, there’s nothing.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I hope they get one more year at least, for the Kings to (maybe) make playoffs ala OKC last season. They have all the talent, or they will after their next draft, and then they can be ready to go.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Dr Buss has 250 milliom reasons to keep the Royals out of the LA area.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    This is great news for Sacramento and King fans. Hope everything works out and they get more cowbells! Gotta have more cowbells!!

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Still hesitant to celebrate but…F*CK YEAH! @Anaheim Royaly, BigBlockMopar and TheBarbershop: F*UCK OFF!

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    oh and co-sign Walt Williams

  • majic

    IF this goes through the real work starts for us. Goota get that arena built

  • Clydesays

    How ironic is it that Clay Bennett is the head of rhe NBA Relocation. Committee? I hope Sacto gets to keep it’s franchise and Seattle gets one back.

  • r2j

    YEA!!! Keep them in Sac-Town!!!

  • http://HOTMAIL.COM STEVIE GEE

    not a done deal yet, but its looking alot better than it did a week ago.HERE WE STAY SACTOWN!

  • http://www.freerice.com freerice

    clippers should movet to seattle because they will never surpass the lakers in la

  • JD

    thats great news but kings could still played their last game in sactown if the lockout goes through

  • TheGlove

    As a Supersonics fan, I don’t want the Kings. Those people CARE about their team just like we did and I don’t want to do to them what was done to us. We’ll get a team back here, Gary and Shawn will get their numbers retired here, and we’ll embark on another 40 years.

  • Luiyo

    The Seattle people are just getting really annoying! I know what they did to you is bad and undeserved but you can’t pretend that everytime a team is struggling is going to relocate there. I support a franchise going back there butI don’t understand why you want to do the same thing they did to you to the great fanbase of SacTown! Be patient you will have a team again

  • Eddie

    LUIYO YOU DONT KNOW THE PAIN. The pain to have your favorite team ripped from you. A team that made the finals in 1996. And now we have to watch everyone label the Thunder as the playoff darlings. It’s sick. It’s sick. Russell Westbrook should be in a Sonics uniform. Damn it all.

  • http://slamonline.com The Ambassador

    lol Eddie the closest that i can come close to your pain was losing my dog…then finding him.

  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown

    I’m surprised Eddie hasn’t launched into his regular Illuminati conspiracy rant. But to get back on topic, are the Kings still going to rebrand themselves as the Royals or are they gonna wait until the inevitable relocation? Staying in Sac, but under a new name would definitely generate some of that revenue that the Maloofs love so much with merch sales.

  • slamfan4life

    YAY! I dont want them leavin!

  • http://Boom Aaron Laucke

    GO KINGS

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