Kevin Johnson to Represent Kings at Lottery
by Jonathan Santiago / @itsJONsantiago
Considering his last visit east was pretty successful, the Kings have decided to send Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to represent them at next week’s draft lottery, taking place at Secaucus, New Jersey.
“I’d like to give the mayor an invitation,” said Kings co-owner Joe Maloof at yesterday evening’s #HereWeRally event in Downtown Sacramento. “On behalf of the Maloof family, the NBA and the best fans in Sacramento, we want you to represent us at the lottery.”
The point-guard-turned-politician played a major role in turning the tide in the Kings relocation saga. His presentation at the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings prompted league brass to extend the relocation deadline for a second time. The NBA’s Relocation Committee then recommended the team stay in Sacramento for at least one more year after a fact-finding visit to California’s capital city.
The Kings have a 7.6 percent chance of winning the lottery, fifth best behind the Timberwolves, Cavs, Raptors and Wizards. Last year they selected DeMarcus Cousins with the fifth pick and chose Tyreke Evans, last season’s Rookie of the Year, fourth in 2009. The NBA Draft Lottery takes place next Tuesday, May 17th.