Nobody knows just exactly how much support the Maloof’s have from the owner’s when it comes to relocating the Kings – but the general assumption, at least right now, is that the Maloof’s don’t feel much love from their peers.
If it’s not one NBA executive calling them “kids” – it’s another claiming they’re not being truthful about their finances. And according to a variety of sources from late last week, that was one of the main reasons (the other being Mayor Johnson’s “plan”) as to why the NBA’s Board Of Governors decided to extend the relocation deadline.
So in addition to the BOG’s already questioning their finances and one of the league’s premier owners in Jerry Buss being very open about his desire to keep the Kings out of the Southern California market, it seems as if the obstacles continue to mount against the Maloof’s. So, why not add in another, eh?
One owner noted that if the vote is close, it will call into question the fact that the league will be casting the vote for New Orleans, which is now owned and operated by the other 29 owners.
Now, my assumption is that the owner feels the New Orleans vote will obviously be in favor of whatever helps the NBA the most – which could be good or bad for Sacramento, probably more bad than good considering Stern’s priorities.
Either way – this relocation (thanks in huge part to Kevin Johnson and the Here We Stay/Here We Build movements lead by Sacramento King fans) will be far from a breeze like we’ve seen in the past with other franchises. King fans aren’t going down without a fight – and more than that? They’re not only holding their own in the ring – they’re punching back. Hard.