Posted by: Kingsguru21 | May 2, 2011

It’s over: Anaheim is dead. Baby, Anaheim is dead. (For a year anyway.)

Well, it’s over. According to multiple sources with the Bee, OC Register, it’s over. The Kings are staying for another year.

As far as Ron Burkle, and all this implies, a Sam Amick series of tweets had this to say:

@sam_amick Sam Amick
Just got off phone with Gavin Maloof. Bullet items: Burkle should mind his own biz,not in danger of selling, arena issue must be resolved…

..or this will happen next year, they were given an apology by Lakers coach Phil Jackson for his comments.

Gavin also wanted to make sure it was known that he called Kevin Johnson before talking to the media.

Now, that could be more posturing or something. I would wait for awhile before making snap judgments. My original thoughts were that the Maloof’s were going to file today, and sleeping on it I realized that virtually all of the Maloof talking (at this point) was to Sacramento media. The Maloof’s have had a tendency to have a tunnel-vision like focus on whatever it was in front of them. For awhile, it was moving to Anaheim. Now it seems to getting a new arena in Sacramento. So when Randy Youngman of the OC Register announced it, I suppose that was a good indication that the dream was dead. And, maybe, the dreams of wanting another year weren’t so pie in the sky.

So what about Burkle? No clue. From here on out, unless there is pertinent arena news (like a plan that doesn’t include a silly regional concept that won’t work), this site will remain basketball related. That is, after all, the point, yes?

Last but not least, here is the Maloof statement made by the Kings:

SACRAMENTO, CA, May 02, 2011 — “Out of respect to Kings fans and the regional business community, we have decided to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-12 season. The fans’ spirit and energy, specifically our season ticket holders, has been remarkable and we are truly thankful for their loyalty. We also are greatly appreciative of the support from our corporate sponsors as well as other local businesses that have come forward in recent weeks.

Additionally, we would like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thank you to the loyal and hardworking team members within our organization. From the game night staff to the front office, coaches, and players, we are grateful for their professionalism and devotion.

During this process, Mayor Johnson has strongly indicated to both the community and the NBA that he is capable of getting the support to build a state-of-the-art entertainment and sports facility that the Sacramento Region and the tremendous Kings fans so rightly deserve. We look forward to seeing Mayor Johnson bring his vision to reality. However, if an arena plan cannot be finalized in a timely fashion, the NBA¹s relocation committee has assured Maloof Sports and Entertainment that it will support an application to move the franchise to another market starting in 2012-13.”

Tock’s clicking Sacramento. Time to roll up the sleeves and get something done. It’s literally now or never time.

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Responses

  1. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now time to look for a way to start pouring the concrete…..
    Even though it’s a different city and smaller market, I would advise that the example of how Stockton was able to build their arena should be parsed out….maybe we can have a discussion on that pookey as well as parsing out financing ideas that other NBA arenas were built under recently?

    • Well I’m not sure Stockton really applies here. I understand the motivation, but Stockton/Sacramento are not the same markets in any way.

      As far as other NBA arena’s, there’s only 2 sources of financing: Public & Private. The trick is to figure out how to cut costs in ways that don’t hurt the overall structure and building long term. That’s exactly what has got Sacramento in the trouble with Arco now.

      I’m not an architect unfortunately Rhondda. I wish I had answers, but, like so many, I’m just a pawn in the overall game here.


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