Yes – Peja, Brad, Kevin – they’ve all given the cliche answer when pressed by Sacramento media about the Kings potential relocation. Yes, we’ve seen Omri Casspi and Jason Thompson both voice their shock on Twitter upon learning of the rumors a few months ago. Yet, we’ve really seen no honest to goodness raw emotion from past or current Kings when it comes to keeping the Kings in Sacramento. And frankly, it’s a bit disheartening.
I understand that the NBA most likely has a gag order on the Maloof’s along with current Kings. Any current King speaking on the process would most likely be heavily fined and wouldn’t find themselves in the highest of graces with their bosses. And on the same token, I understand the current crop of Kings don’t have the same bond with the community that previous rosters did. But would it be that devastating to have Tyreke – DeMarcus – Omri – anybody, come out with some passion for Sacramento? Take the fine. Piss off the Maloof’s. They need you a lot more than you need them. Somebody, anybody, stand up.
Outside of the current crop though – you’d hope that former Kings (especially those that have homes in the Sacramento area) would be more than willing to stick their neck out for not only the franchise, but the fans that supported and loved them for so long. Make no mistake – Sacramento, despite it’s perceived reputation throughout the league is a unique and special place for those who’ve walked through the home tunnel at Arco. Vlade, Chris, Mitch – where are you? We as fans were there when you needed us. When you struggled, we were there. When you were injured, we were there. When you lost, we grieved with you. When you won, we celebrated along side of you. And now, we as fans, in our darkest hour, need you. You all know just how important the Kings are to Sacramento and the Central Valley.
Maybe it would be all for not – maybe it’s too far down the road – but your voices mean something. They mean something to us as fans. They mean something to the Maloof’s. They mean something to the NBA.
Where are you, ex-Kings, when we need you – your voice – your presence, so bad.
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