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Mayor Kevin Johnson talks about meeting with Maloofs to try and raise arena deal from the dead

Apr 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Kevin Johnson

The drama continues in Sacramento as a late-week meeting between Kevin Johnson and the Maloof family re-opens discussions on a solution for the Kings to stay in their home.

Mayor Kevin Johnson spoke with reporters prior to the King’s game against the Thunder, and spoke of how he reached out to set up the meeting, and that it was in the best interest of both parties to open up talks again. Johnson had previously said the city was through negotiating with regards to the previous deal which the Kings backed out of because of supporting details they weren’t happy with.

Kings blog Cowbell Kingdom was in place to catch Johnson’s comments. Video is below. Can I mention how weird it is that Johnson is locked into fierce negotiation and struggle with the team he’s on the floor of? But then again, who’s going to tell Kevin Johnson he can’t step on the Kings’ floor? More than that, who’s going to tell the mayor he can’t hold court?

The big takeaway from Johnson’ comments is as follows, via Cowbell Kingdom:

“Today was wasn’t really about Plan A or Plan.  Today was about ‘does it make sense for us to keep talking?’ and we both agreed it did.”

via Cowbell – A Sacramento Kings Blog.

That’ll have to be enough for today.

  1. AlohaMrHand - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    ultimately I believe the Kings will stay in Sacramento but the Maloofs won’t own this team much longer.Granted they cannot be forced to sell but the heat they have gotten from both the city council the fans and from the NBA is going to get to them and eventually they’ll realize they are a group not wanted and get out while they still can.

    • therealhtj - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      The city council and the fans in Sacramento can give the Maloofs all the heat they want, but why would it matter? They want out. They own the team. They can go to a bigger market where a TV deal would make them more money in the first year than 10 in Sacramento. The new fans and city council would welcome them with open arms. The NBA and it’s owners will also get richer as a result, and have no interest in forcing the Maloofs to sell.

      So what exactly makes you think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell they stay in Sacto?

      • AlohaMrHand - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        the NBA and stern wouldn’t comtribute 76 million would they of they KNEW there was no chance of them staying there.Plus you really think both the Lakers and Clippers will just welcome and allow them into their market?Better think again.

  2. ncarolinarn7 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Hope & change.

  3. therealhtj - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude.

    She’s just not that into you, dude. Let her go.

  4. lancer255 - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Lol ultimately they will be in Seatle

  5. lakerade - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Magoofs ruined this franchise

  6. BigBeachBall - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    the san diego kings, there’s a sports arena there that isn’t being used….

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