NBA to Maloofs: Stay in Sacramento
by Jonathan Santiago / @itsJONsantiago
NBA relocation chairman Clay Bennett arranged a conference call with the Maloofs and Anaheim officials yesterday.
And according to the Sac Bee, the league sided with Sacramento.
“The Kings owners expressed appreciation for local businesses that have pledged $10 million in sponsorship support for next year, but also shared concerns about whether their finances can withstand several years of waiting for a new arena to be built, and whether Sacramento will be able to come up with an arena plan that is financially feasible, given past failures. NBA officials, in turn, told the Maloofs to stay in Sacramento.“
Meanwhile in Sacramento, Mayor Kevin Johnson was holding a morning news conference today, when it was abruptly interrupted by presumably an important phone call. Rob McAllister of KFBK Radio has the details:
“The Mayor ran into his black SUV at 10:40 in the morning and remained on the line for 20 minutes. When he emerged form the right back seat, Johnson appeared with a smile on his face. The Mayor would not say who he spoke with. “That is a private call,” he said.
Johnson did say he has not spoken with NBA Relocation Committee Chair Clay Bennett, but asked if it was NBA Commissioner David Stern on the call, “I am refusing to answer that question right now.” Mayor Johnson also would not say whether he knew if the Maloofs had made a decision or not.”
McAllister also added that he has never seen KJ let a phone call interrupt an event or press conference in the three years he’s covered the mayor.
It is believed that an announcement on the Kings future will come before this weekend. The deadline to file for relocation is Monday, May 2nd.
Editor’s Note: Updated at 2:07 pm PST