As happy as Kings

Sacramento’s NBA team is not moving anytime soon:

Owners of the Sacramento Kings said Wednesday they have “no deadline” for finding a new arena and the team has no intention of leaving town next year.

Responding to rising fears, team co-owner Gavin Maloof said the team won’t file for relocation by the NBA’s deadline of March 2010.

“No, no, no. There’s no way,” Maloof told The Bee Wednesday, waving his arms emphatically. “We love the market. We love our fans. This is the only place we want to be.”

One of the people sounding the alarm was Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson:

Alarmed by the NCAA’s decision to reject Sacramento’s bid to host a regional round of the men’s basketball tournament at Arco Arena, Johnson said he feared the Kings might leave town if progress isn’t made soon on a new arena.

Maloof subsequently met with Johnson and told him that the team “is not going anywhere.”

And that would seem to be that, at least for this season, which begins for the Kings on the 28th in, um, Oklahoma City.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    2 October 2009 · 9:40 am

    This noise about “if we don’t build it, they will go,” has been rattling around in Sacramento for years and the only source I can think of for it is the developers who want to be the ones to build it (and their pet city officials).

    Makes me wonder what the Maloofs would have to do to convince people. Maybe if they dynamited the existing arena and played on a cleared patch of rubble for three years?

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