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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Accused of “Hating the Kings”

Sep 22, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Kevin Johnson

Sacramento’s quest to keep the Kings made for some really fascinating storytelling. There were so many moving parts, and so many motivations that were slowly peeled away and revealed through the process. There were the clear antagonists (the Maloofs) and protagonists, and then, of course, there was David Stern.

In a book detailing how the Kings were able to remain in Sacramento, author R.E. Graswich made some statements about the motivations of each of these characters critical to the plot of our story, but it’s what he had to say about Sacramento Mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson that was most interesting.

“Kevin Johnson hates the Kings,” said author R.E. Graswich. “He still holds a grudge from 1987 when they drafted Kenny Smith one spot ahead of Kevin Johnson.”

Via CBS 13 Sacramento

Let’s give the author an “A+” for promoting, but personally, I find it hard to believe that Kevin Johnson still holds a 26-year grudge because a 29-53 team that was one of six other teams to pass him up chose a player over him.

Now I know Johnson was born in Sacramento and I’m sure it hurt him to see his hometown team pass him up, but don’t you think he’s gotten over that? It’s not like his career didn’t work out because of it. Don’t you think Johnson understands the impact a basketball team can have the community, and don’t you think he’s seen and heard the countless fans who begged him to do everything in his power to help them stay? Wouldn’t that eventually win out some point over being miffed all those years ago?

I suppose the reader will have to decide what’s more plausible: Johnson maintaining a 26-year grudge, or an author slinging a little mud to sell more copies.

  1. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    So do the Maloofs

  2. 950003cups - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Or someone asking this writer to promote the book and post this blog because nobody outside Sacramento had even heard of this book.

  3. themanchine - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    He hates the Kings, yet he fought tooth & nail to keep them in Sacramento.
    Makes perfect sense, in the same way that 1 +1 = 11.

  4. mustangdmg - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    The writer didn’t do his homework.

    The Kings moved and started playing in 1985 from Kansas City. Entire northern California was Warriors’ terrority till the Kings came along. KJ went to Cal-Berkeley. It’s highly likely he was a Warriors fan.

    • mytthor - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Sacramento is still his hometown.

      You accuse someone of not doing their homework, yet your source for your counterpoint is what’s “highly likely.” That’s called a guess.

  5. jacobknicks - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Chris Hansen secretly sponsored that book

  6. seanb20124 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Mayor of Sacramento is largely a ceremonial position, the City is run by the City Manager.

  7. skipcastaneda - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    RE Grashwich loves to stir the pot! Great journalist, but he’s always trying to get attention to himself.

  8. cbking05 - Sep 22, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I accuse him of ” beating the odds”… Lil f*#%er did it!

  9. superseahawk - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    He may hate the Kings, but his love of Sacramento shows. He fought like a lion for that city to keep their team.

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