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Stern says owners would not approve Sacramento move. Yet.

Jun 13, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof AP

I keep waiting for it. You keep waiting for it. Pretty much the entire city of Sacramento keeps waiting for it.

While the owners the Maloof brothers keep saying they do not plan to move the Kings out of Sacramento, nobody believes them. They need a new arena but the family has killed not only the plans they shook hands on to get one in Sacramento, they also killed any good will that might get them an arena in the future. They are acting like owners looking to move the team.

But David Stern said there is no support for that right now among the other owners.

“If there was a vote now, there would be no support for a move,” Stern said as part of his annual pre-finals meeting with the media. “And I believe the ownership says they’re planning to stay there. On other situations, I might hazard a guess or a prognostication. On this one, I’m out of the business. For now.”

Nothing has changed in Sacramento — the best hope for that team staying in the city is a new ownership group. If they try to move the team (to Anaheim, to Seattle, to wherever) it would involve a new investor if not outright majority owner.

This drama is far from over. Consider this a sabbatical. Everyone is out of the business. For now.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I live in Anaheim. We don’t want the Kings. They belong in Sacramento. Please don’t move them here.

    • echech88 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      “We” or “You” ?

    • caseybojangles - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      speak for yourself…I would love an NBA team here and orange county is certainly large enough to support a team.

      • cosanostra71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        Why? We already have two teams. The Lakers are only about an hour drive away, and if the cost of the games are what is prohibiting you, Clippers games are very affordable. There’s no point in moving a team here.

  2. shockexchange - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Where’s the crying from Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban now. Clearly a double-standard in how Lebron is portrayed versus the Maloofs, Thunder owner and Warriors owner. I wonder why?

  3. theprocessoflosingmymind - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Let them move to Vegas and get it over with. The Kings have no future in Sacramento.

  4. ndnut - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    The Warriors aren’t really moving. It would be the equivalent of the TimberPups moving from Minneapolis to Saint Paul. No alienation of fans. No relocation fee. Just a financially smart move taking a new arena.

  5. cosanostra71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    of course the mayor is bummed. I don’t know a single person here that actually wants the Kings. this is Lakers country. if anyone moves here it should be the Clippers, but even they wouldn’t shift loyalty from the Lakers.

  6. bleed4philly - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    The Seattle Kings?

  7. gpatrick15 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Move them to Seattle, rename them the SuperSonics, adopt their color scheme. Maybe then the butthurt (legitimately, though, I’ll give them that) Sonics fans of old can shut up about OKC.

  8. gpatrick15 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    If it can happen in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers moving and resurrecting the old Winnipeg Jets moniker, it could work here too.

  9. sweetnlow44 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Screw David Stern.

  10. liddogg33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    For any of you to speak of the Seattle fans in ANY DISREPECTFUL tone would be LUDACRIS!!! This city.having to watch the finals from the HODUNK Oklahoma is truly a travesty!!!! Seattle is the 9th biggest Market and really got hosed by a man they helped MAKE!! (Howard SCUMBAG Shultz) But the great news is Chris Hansen Steve Balmer and the NORDSTROM Bros are about to change that!! I feel terrible for Sacremento because of the Malloofs but would be lying if i didnt say that with this potential owner group and brand new arena here in the Emerald city it wouldnt make sense to BRING THE KINGS UP TO THE NORTHWEST FOR GOOD!!!!!! GO SONICS!!!!!!!

    PS….. THE RECORDS BELONG TO THE CITY OF SEATTLE OKC!!!! Your city hasnt ever been to the finals nor has it won a championship!!! Go and make ur own records!!

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