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Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent

Posted on: April 7, 2011 2:31 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 2:36 pm
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says a potential Sacramento Kings move to Anaheim sets a bad precedent. Posted by Ben Golliver. phil-jackson

A few weeks ago, we noted that Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is opposed to the idea of the Sacramento Kings moving to Anaheim to join the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers in Southern California. 

On Thursday, reports that Jackson has expanded on his earlier comments -- in which he questioned whether SoCal could support three NBA teams -- by noting how unprecedented it is globally to have one market so saturated and wondering whether a Kings relocation would lead to a slippery slope scenario other small market teams would rush to enter bigger markets. 
"I don't see any community, I don't care if it's Bombay with 25 million [people], being able to support three teams [in the same market]," Jackson said before the Lakers fell to Golden State in what was their third straight loss. "I know Istanbul does it with three soccer teams, and England does it in London with three soccer teams in the surrounding area, but it makes it very difficult in our community and our television area to do that kind of a thing. It will hurt all the franchises."
"It's small markets vs. large markets," he said. "Are the large markets willing to have another team move in and share their community? Chicago, New York City? [New York] is going to have a Brooklyn franchise now [starting in the 2012-13 season] instead of New Jersey. So that's inside the subway system. Philadelphia, another major city, another sized city like that, or cities in big metropolitan areas. Dallas, Houston? So it has to affect the major cities that have a monopoly, the top 12 markets."
Kudos to Jackson for publicly going to bat for his girlfriend's father. Nobody has more to lose than the Lakers -- reportedly up to $500 million in television revenue alone -- in this relocation scenario so someone needs to be getting their message out. 

While his loyalty is worthy of applause, his logic isn't. The divide between large market and small market is so significant in the NBA that being third place in a saturated city is more financially viable than being first place in a town. The Kings don't exist to do what's best for the Lakers; they exist to do what's best for themseleves.

Any resolution to this team-on-team squabble has to come from the league level, and the obvious solution to narrow that gap is to vastly increase revenue sharing. But that's money coming out of the Lakers' pockets too and surely there will be pushback to that idea from Jackson and company as well. 

Bottom line: the Lakers will need to give up something if the league is serious about leveling the playing field for all 30 teams and if Jackson's goal of keeping small market teams in small markets is to be achieved. I can certainly see why maintaining a strangehold on SoCal would be the highest priority for the Lakers, but if their negative comments about the relocation aren't packaged with some type of alternative concessions, do they serve a purpose other than venting?
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Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 12:31 pm

Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent

ok boltbacker 83  why are you talkin about something you know nothing about im not from seattle nor do i claim to be an expert and have inside info about how the sonics folded  obviously your either the former owner of the team or your one of the many crooked politicians that allowed this team to be moved so hope your happy with yourself by the way how did your bolts do this past year did they even make the playoffs  yah thats what i thought  do us all a favor and shut your f/.,%$#@ mouth .

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 1:12 am

Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent

Perhaps if David Stern had "allowed" the Kings to win in that fateful Donaghy series vs. the Lakers in the early part of the 2000's the franchise would have gone on to win a titlew and become somewhat viable. Thanks for nothing King David.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:29 pm

Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent

Noles-  first of all if you are stating a fact, try not to follow that "fact" up with "i believe"  lol... second, you also just said the states or cities INABILITY to fund a new arena...  therefore not producing enough support to keep the team there, so how is it that seattle is a better sports city to move a team then southern california?  and btw, seattle mariners profit margin went from 17.8 million in 07 to 1.7 million in 2010.  thats not a good trend.  I did however learn that they are backed by some pretty heavy hitters i.e. boeing, pepsi..etc, so the future still looks good for baseball in seattle at least.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:19 pm

Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent


Seattle actually lost it's NBA team because of the state & city's inability to finance a new arena, or atleast sign a new lease....the Sonics had the most expensive arena leasing deal in the NBA at the time I believe.....They have averaged between 25 and 30 thousand the past few years, could be better...but that's not terrible, to add to that this was a losing team getting those #'s.When there team was contening, your talking 40-45 thousand on average.......

Use facts to back up what your trying to say, not opinions.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:14 pm

Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent

Major League Baseball does it , even the challenged NHL does it.....why can't the NBA?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:06 pm

Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent

ANTHONY-  Did you seriously say people barely like sports in southern californie?  are you friggin kidding me?  The reason its a HUGE market and none of the So cal teams are going broke and bailing out (like the Sonics) is because of precisely the opposite of what you just said!  Angels fans, Chargers fans, Dodgers, Lakers, Ducks, Kings and even clippers and Padres fans are extrememly loyal, and none of which are in financial distress.  Do you really think Seattle is a great sports town?  really?  You must be kidding... People hardly show up for Mariners games, you lost your NBA team due to lack of support, Seahawks also very weak, and until the Caps got Ovechkin they were hardly a blip on the radar for 10 years!  

Please dont throw out generalizations about a state's fans that you obviously know nothing about.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:45 pm

Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent

I think Jackson is right. How many pro teams need to be in so-cal anyway? They barely even like sports. They like attractions! They didn't watch hokey at all for instance until Wayne Gretzy went to the Kings then, because of his star power, it became a packed house every night... come on. Be serious. If any team moves, bring them back to Seattle, I enjoy the OKC Thunder and think it's great they have a team but remember the Seattle Super Sonics? Detlef Schrempf? Bring the Super Sonics back, with the 'Super' included, if not for the great fan-base, then at least for the alliteration.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 2:55 pm

Phil Jackson: Kings move would set bad precedent

We have the beautiful sprint center her in KC-MO. Bring the kings back to Kansas City!!!

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