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Isaiah Thomas says Kings players trying to keep heads down during ownership fight

Feb 15, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

Isaiah Thomas AP

HOUSTON — Kings guard Isaiah Thomas’ says his phone is constantly buzzing with tweets and texts from friends asking, “when are you and the Kings coming home to Seattle?”

Thomas grew up is Seattle and played at the University of Washington. Then the Sacramento Kings drafted him and he has embraced California’s capital like few other players on this team (he’s even got a local sponsor deal with Pizza Guy).

He’s the one player with his foot in both worlds — where the Kings play now and where the team could play next season if the NBA owners approve a sale of the team to a group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is working to set up a counter offer. David Stern is playing a non-committal role. It’s all up in the air until the owners vote in April.

So what is Thomas telling all those friends that want to know if and when the team is moving back to his hometown?

“I can’t control what happens,” Thomas said. “It’s tough for a player, it’s tough for my teammates. We really don’t know more than you guys know and we don’t what’s going to happen or if anything is going to happen. We just got to go out there and play basketball.”

Do the players even talk about it in the locker room?

“Not really, not as much as you would think we would,” Thomas said. “It’s like we don’t really talk about it unless (the media) brings it up. It’s definitely not discussed in the locker room….

“Once you’re on the practice court or the game situation you don’t really think about it. The only time you think about it is before or after games when there’s questions about it.”

The Kings players are just trying to keep their head down and win some games. Which isn’t that easy when you don’t know where you will be living come this fall.

Or if they have a Pizza Guy restaurant.

  1. claytep - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    he is not the only guy. Aaron brooks is from here too (Seattle) he played high school ball at franklin… he won the 4A state championship as a senior. please do at least a little research before writing articles

    • adoombray - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      heh, yeah, or a quick google, (or not even a quick google : go straight to and you see they have 61 locations in NorCal and 1 in Nevada. I’ve never even heard of the chain before and figured that out in about as long as it took me to type “pizza guys” into my search box

  2. vgne - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Average Home Attendance 1985-2008 (K = Sacramento Kings, S = Seattle SuperSonics)

    K- 10,333
    S- 8,032,
    K- 10,333
    S- 8,692,
    K- 10,333
    S- 12,008,
    K- 16,517
    S- 12,920,
    K- 17,014
    S- 12,244,
    K- 17,014
    S- 12,443,
    K- 17,014
    S- 14,315,
    K- 17,317
    S- 15,805,
    K- 17,317
    S- 14,682,
    K- 17,317
    S- 15,457,
    K- 17,317
    S- 17,007,
    K- 17,317
    S- 17,072,
    K- 14,767
    S- 17,072,
    K- 16,750
    S- 17,072,
    K- 17,562
    S- 15,018,
    K- 17,317
    S- 15,630,
    K- 17,317
    S- 15,630,
    K- 17,317
    S- 15,451,
    K- 17,317
    S- 15,541,
    K- 17,317
    S- 15,255,
    K- 17,317
    S- 16,475,
    K- 17,317
    S- 16,198,
    K- 17,317
    S- 15,955,
    K- 14,150
    S- 13,355

    SACRAMENTO’S attendance was HIGHER than Seattle’s for 21 OUT OF 24 SEASONS since the Kings moved here in 1985. Sacramento has sold out 17 out of its 28 seasons. If you think Seattle supports their Sonics more than Sacramento does for its Kings then you are only kidding yourself, numbers don’t lie! The Maloofs have threatened to move the Kings for the last few years and BACKED OUT on an arena deal. Fans have lost trust in their team due to all of the Maloof’s nonsense. Give us new owners and our trust and attendance will go back up.

    NBA, SACRAMENTO DESERVES TO KEEP IT’S TEAM! TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT! ($23,203,000 and counting as of 2/15/13)


  3. Corey Jeppesen - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Can’t wait! Go Sonics!!!

    • gianthuskydolphin - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Keep waiting!!

  4. birdsflynorth206 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Um Isaiah Thomas is from Tacoma not Seattle. Now Aaron Brooks is the one with a foot in booth doors because he is from Seattle. Aittle research would be nice.

  5. birdsflynorth206 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    * a little

  6. liddogg33 - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Won’t have to wait long!! It’s a done deal. Come back home I.T!! We will welcome you with open arms!!!

  7. money2long - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    where’s IT’s right hand in that pic ?

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