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Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:01 pm
Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are reportedly expected to make their relocation pitch to the NBA Board of Governors later this week.maloof-family Posted by Ben Golliver.

On Wednesday night, the Sacramento Kings close out their regular season against the Los Angeles Lakers. Less than 24 hours after the final buzzer, USA Today reports, the team's owners, Joe and Gavin Maloof, are expected to be in New York City, pitching their plans to relocate the franchise to Anaheim to the NBA's Board of Governors, which much approve any such effort. 
The Heat surrounding a potential move of the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim, Calif., has ratcheted up going into the NBA Board of Governors meetings Thursday and Friday in New York City.
Club owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are expected to make a presentation about relocating the franchise after 26 years in Sacramento. Last month, the board approved the Kings' request to extend the March 1 deadline for filing a relocation application to April 18. That gives the Maloofs "the opportunity to discuss its options," the NBA said in a statement.
Generally speaking, the relocation approval process is mostly a rubber-stamping, although pushback from Southern California's two current residents -- the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers -- could require the Kings to pay a relocation fee or make other concessions.

On Monday night, Kings fans staged a "Here We Stay" event during the team's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, creating and distributing group chants aimed at convincing the Maloof brothers to keep the team in Sacramento.

While details of the Kings' relocation effort have been kept relatively quiet, it is believed the team will change its name to the Anaheim Royals and play next season in the Honda Center.

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:09 pm

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

Seriously, do we need 3 NBA teams in the L.A. area?  Why not go to San Diego or Kansas City
Do you know the way to San Jose?   The Oakland A's have threatened to move to San Jose.  The Los Angeles Raiders of Oakland mentioned moving to San Jose to get concessions from the City of Oakland. 
 San Diego won't buy a stadium for the Chargers.  The San Diego Gulls minor league hockey team went bankrupt even though they had a viable following and took the Western League championship almost every year.   The Clippers played in the "Valley View Casino Center" (formerly San Diego Sports Arena, owned by the City of San Diego by the way).  If you think 1. the NBA would allow a Casino sponsored arena, or 2. the City would  build another arena, then your powers of persuasion are magnificent.  

Kansas City?   Put them back where they belong?  Works for me.    

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:53 pm

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

Agreed! this isnt the same thing as the Sonics to OKC, in this case the city has huge support for the team, both in attendance and in success.  Someone with deep pockets needs to buy them and keep them in Sac town.

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:02 am

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

Or San Jose for that matter? At least the team stays in Northern California and keeps at least some of the current fanbase.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 3:33 am

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

The Hornets weren't a losing team. They were Second in the Central Divison the year they moved. Why they moved was because of stupid moves from George Shinn, Look at them now.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:49 am

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

Get rid of the Maloof brothers and get real owners who want to win.  The city has always supported this team and they are making big bucks get other owners who want to win and they will. but keep this team in Sacramento where the people have ALWAYS supported it.

I  live over 1000 miles away in OKC but I have been to 2 games their and the public support is great.

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:07 am

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

OC is not LA.
The less reasons to go beyond the Orange Curtain and rub elbows with loser libs up in that squalor pit that is LA, the better.
Never mind not having to worry about a gang Shupaks or Juans killin you for just lookin at them or makin wrong turn into their 'hood" while being white.
Instant fans  in the 2 million or so transplants out here lookin to chant "Beat l.a." more than just once or twice a year

Look no further than the NHL team  that plays in The Pond. Not many LA Kings fans left.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:45 am

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

Sacramento has some of the most knowledgeable fans in the country and some of the most dedicated as well. From the best of times to the worst of times comes the realization that their Kings are inevitably slinking out of town in hopes that a name change to Los Angeles Royals of Anaheim (hey, it worked for the Angels didn't it?) will render them incognito and protect them from the verbal rocks sure to come crashing through their windows anyway. Politicians have argued and delayed the building of an NBA standards arena for a decade. Even David Stern could not break through.

So once again the league has to see the lesson pounded in: Either build or lose. Either kiss the *** of the league and its owners or your team is history (and it is not even your history as that goes with the relocation). Seattle is among the media centers of the country but has no NBA team. Now Sacramento which has no NFL or MLB team, is losing its only big time sports team. And to Los Angeles. The city of a thousand miles. The city that hates itself. The city with two NBA teams somehow needs a third? Connon NBA. You can do better than this. Or maybe you don't want to be better than this. Sad. What about your team? How tenuous is your city? Ready to root for Thunder, Seattle? Ready to root for Royals, Sacramento? Ready to root for ??? (fill in the blanks) Minneapolis, New Orleans, Memphis, Charlotte, New Jersey??? This stinks for Sacramento. This stinks that some gamblers have lost too many bets and are bailing on a fine fan base. This stinks NBA. Sacramento we support you, just as we support Seattle. You both deserve better than this.

Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:15 am

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

Within the past 20 years the following NBA teams relocated:

  1. The Vancouver Grizzlies became the Memphis Grizzlies.
  2. The Charlotte Hornets became the New Orleans Hornets.
  3. The Seattle Supersonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  4. The Sacramento Kings plan on becoming the Anaheim Royals.

It seems that losing NBA franchises move and winning franchises stay.  Contraction looks like it could be a solution to relocation.  It could improve the franchises by letting the losing NBA franchises the first pickings of the players of the contracted teams.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:13 am

Kings expected to make relocation pitch to NBA

Seriously, do we need 3 NBA teams in the L.A. area?  Why not go to San Diego or Kansas City.  Money mouth

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