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Still hope in Sacramento, so fans keep fighting

Mar 17, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

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The Sacramento Kings are close to becoming the Anaheim Royals.

It’s about money. It’s always about money. It’s luxury boxes and television markets and ways to pay off debts. It’s not about the fans — the fans in Sacramento that have been loyal to this team and are about to be screwed over.

But those fans are not giving up. The deal is not finalized a number of things could unravel it. Longshot things, but it could happen. So Kings fans keep pressing their case, hoping against hope.

Tom Ziller — one of the OG NBA bloggers and one of the elite — gave a rallying cry to Kings fans to keep up the fight at Sactown Royalty.

We fight because something can be hopeless only if we fail to provide hope. So long as we believe that the universe will smile upon our cause, so long as we believe we will be pinched and woken from this nightmare, so long as there is Tomorrow, we maintain hope. Hey, we survived the Eric Musselman era, right?

If the NBA board of governors shock the world and reject or delay the move … if Anaheim refuses to budge on a lease or revenue-sharing agreement … if the Maloofs can’t secure the funding to pay off their loan to Sacramento and a relocation fee … if anything derails what looks so certain, we don’t want to be caught flat-footed. If anything happens, we have months — months — to mobilize and help push an arena plan through. Whether it’s helping convince a prospective local owner that committed fans await, or helping Mayor Johnson canvas neighborhoods to earn support for a hotel and rental car surcharge to help fund the Taylor plan, or drumming season ticket support to make sure PBP is packed from 101 Row AA to 217 Row S — we will be there, ready to capitalize.

You know how Geoff Petrie, at his best, is ready to pounce on any opportunity? That’s us, right now. We hurt, we fume. But we’re ready. If it does happen — if they do leave, we’ll be right here. Fuming. Hurting. Fighting for an arena, fighting for a basketball team to return.

We know the odds are long. But if a chance of keeping our Kings in Sacramento exists, we will fight.

  1. dolphinatic - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Great. We eat your lunch. Pop the sack. And send you crying home to maloofy’s. So your response is to try and set up a tent in my back yard and steal my dogs food? Sacramento you suck. Keep your trash off my LAWN!

  2. purdueman - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    I was in Cleveland just before Model packed up the Browns and left town; this is no different. Sacramento Kings? Buh-bye now! Buh-bye!! Next time those cowtown hicks are warned about needing a new arena or a team will leave town, maybe they ought to listen!

  3. dolphinatic - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    PS We already have The KINGS.. The real KINGS. (insert Bob Miller voice here)-YOUR LOS ANGELES KINGS !!

    • purdueman - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:19 PM

      Ice fighting? Are you kidding me? Other than you, morons, hillbillies, trailer trash and refugees from NASCAR cities, who cares? You like fights? Try the MMA! Those guys are the REAL men!

    • donkeyball - Mar 18, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      Due to the confusion of having two teams named The Kings, when specifying the hockey club, I refer to them as The heterosexual Kings.

      • purdueman - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM

        LOL! The only way that that retaining the Kings though as a team name would be confusing would be if the Maloof’s pulled an Arte Moreno (MLB Angels owner), and wanted to rename the team The Los Angeles Kings of Anaheim! (and that is not one of the names requested to be trademarked by the Maloof’s).

        Personally? I think that the Maloof’s should do something really groundbreaking and rename the team to the “Queens” and change the team colors to hot pink and white!

  4. craigw24 - Mar 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    I too am a Laker fan and I am ashamed of the Laker fan comments above.

    I will not support the OKC Thunder, unless they leave OKC, because they literally were stolen from Seattle under similar circumstances – although their owner was more duplicitous. I also will not support the Anaheim Royals, or whatever their name is, while they remain in Anaheim.

    Times are tough for everyone today. It is just that owners have more options than to fans, or even players. I also don’t see why owners should be rewarded with tax dollars for their stadiums when they are among the privileged in our system of government. They should have to slug it out, just like the small business owners do in our country.

    • purdueman - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      I’m sure that the Maloof Bros. will lose a lot of sleep over your pledge to not support the Anaheim Royals. Since the odds of you buying any Anaheim Royals logo’d merchandise are slim and none (and slim will be left behind in Sacramento), no loss there. Since you have no intention of becoming a Royals season ticket holder, no big loss there to the Maloofs either.

      And when was the last time you were in Oklahoma City, much less to pay your way in for a Thunder home game? Guess that’s not a big loss for Thunder ownership either.

      The bottom line is that we live in a capitalistic society and when cities like Seattle and Sacramento are warned multiple times that their franchise(s), are no longer financially viable without a new arena and the city chooses to do nothing about it, it’s not an ownership problem, it’s a city’s problem. Simple as that. It’s your elected Sacramento city officials who are screwing over Kings fans, not the Maloof’s!

      It’s no different than the thousands of companies that have moved out of California because they can’t afford and don’t want to deal with California’s expensive workman’s comp system (so they move out!). As the Chinaman who runs his own laundry service likes to say: “No ticky? No washy!”. (LOL!)

  5. dolphinatic - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Man I hope your talkin about me… Any real laker fan would feel as I do… Maybe your not one?

  6. purdueman - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    I wonder how soon after the Kings flee town it will take for Sacramento to tear down their old, antiquated cow barn?

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