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Stern tells Sacramento fans to support team, hope for best

Oct 26, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

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Kings fans — a city of people that has rallied around their team in an effort to keep them in town — David Stern has some advice for you:

Just keep supporting the team like you have and then blindly hope for the best.

Not exactly reassuring, is it

When asked about the Sacramento situation during a Thursday press conference, the NBA Commissioner (for another 15 months) said that in the long run a new arena needs to be built. And while the current owners — the Maloof family — have stood in the way of those arena plans you should still support your team.

“Well, I think that there are many people who appreciate the fact that Sacramento was, is, and can be a first class NBA city,” Stern said. “It is true that it needs a new building. We have our differences of opinions with all of our owners, and in this case with the Maloofs on some of the issues that have gone down here. But my advice to Sacramento is to continue the enormous support that you have shown for the team, and we’ll see what the next steps turn out to be.”

It’s amazing and impressive the way Sacramento fans continue to rally around this team in spite of the owners. A lot of fan bases would have walked away by now, and at some point even these fans are going to grow tired of being kicked around.

And Stern’s words? Not that encouraging. It continues to sound like the NBA has thrown up its hands in frustration with them.

  1. trbowman - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Gotta feel bad for Kings fans.

    They had to suffer through game fixed. They have the Madouche brothers. Not too nice.

  2. limonadamas - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I would love to see Stern take a page out of Selig’s book (never thought I’d ever say THAT) and shove the Maloofs out the door, a la Frank McCourt. He could use the “for the good of the game” clause (if it exists in the NBA), just like Selig did. There’s no reasonable person that could say that the Maloofs have been good for basketball. This situation is beyond embarassing.

    But he won’t do it. He likes “the boys” too much to do that. Even if it means alienating a rabid fan base.

    The NBA.. where fans don’t matter and billionaires’ pocketbooks do. That’s a big part of your legacy, David Stern.

    • badintent - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      You got that right ! the sucker threw away an 88 % attendence rate in Vancouver , lied to the fans about the team being bought by owners that would supposedly keep the team in Vancouver, did the same damn thing with the Sonics.The Dude is the biggest suck and jiveass mother.He needs to be bristed agan, chop the whole dick off.Or put him in a room with Rasheed Wallace, he hated Stern for all the tech foul $$$ he coughed up to NBA.

  3. robotreese - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Basically it’s goodbye Kings Hello Sonics

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